Building Electrification

Review Our Draft Plan

The Draft Equitable Building Decarbonization Plan(PDF, 3MB) is available for public review and comment from July 13th - August 5th, 2022. 

Following this public review period, we will incorporate those comments and present the final draft plan to the Planning Board on September 12th and Public Utilities Board on September 19th.

An FAQ provides answers to frequently ask questions about the Plan and building decarbonization. 

Please email questions and comments to dmieler@alamedaca.gov.

About the Plan

In September 2019, the City Council adopted the City of Alameda’s Climate Action and Resiliency Plan (CARP), with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 50% below 2005 levels by 2030 and achieve net zero emissions as soon as possible.

With Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) now providing 100% clean electricity, Alameda’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from buildings comes primarily from natural gas consumption. Natural gas use in buildings accounts for 27% of Alameda’s total GHG emissions linked to climate change. The only source sector with more local GHG emissions is the transportation sector (70%).

Alameda has taken the first step towards reducing our building emissions by requiring new development to be all-electric with certain exceptions in 2021. The next step is to tackle existing buildings. 

The Equitable Building Decarbonization Plan (Plan) lays out the process for shifting natural gas use in existing buildings toward clean, energy efficient all-electric buildings in accordance with the City’s climate and equity goals. The Plan provides a phased approach that includes new policies and programs, financing options, expanded rebates, and community education and outreach. The Plan will align with other citywide efforts to create affordable, safe, healthy and resilient housing and prepare the City to leverage grants and funds as they become available.