Decarbonizing New England Will Require a Lot More Electricity October 29 2019, 0 Comments

With broad consensus that we must decarbonize our economy, the question is, how?

A Brattle Group report, "Achieving 80% GHG Reduction in New England by 2050" found that cutting emissions by 80% of 1990 levels by 2050 in New England would mean the demand for electricity would actually need to grow to roughly twice its current level.

The group assumed the adoption of heat pumps would be in a ratio of 75% air source and 25% ground source heat pumps.

It also projected the highest peak demand and strongest need for fossil fuel generation and battery, or other electricity storage, would be in winter.

It would be interesting to see how these projections changed if an adoption ratio of 75% GSHP and 25% ASHP was assumed instead.

Thank you to Green Energy Times (2019 10 19) and CommonWealth magazine for alerting us to this report.