1. I am pleased to be able to share two reports that represent the culmination of a year’s worth of work examining the Implications of Policy-Driven Residential Electrification & Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Pathways with natural gas technologies. aga.org/research/repor…
2. In recent years, as states and municipalities pursue goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and consider “deep decarbonization” strategies, many advocates and policymakers have turned to the concept of *residential electrification* as an emissions reduction strategy.
3. The underlying concept driving these proposals in the assumption that when the electric grid becomes sufficiently low-carbon emitting, conversion of fossil-fuel residential heating and other appliances to electricity can reduce CO2 emissions.
I'm doing a review of my upcoming report on understanding updates to the EPA Inventory of greenhouse gas emissions from natural gas systems, so I figure I will include some factoids in this thread along the way.
In 2016, US greenhouse gas emissions totaled 6,511 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, down 1.9% from 2015 and 11% below 2005 levels.
A programming note from here on out. I'm labeling "million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent" as MMTe for brevity.