Rally in Albany: Off Oil & Gas, Renewable Heat Now!
Heating buildings accounts for more than 35% of greenhouse gases contributing to climate change. Join us in Albany, NY on Wednesday, December 6 to demand that New York shift off of oil and gas and on to renewable heating for our homes and buildings in NY.
What: Rally to Demand NY Gets Off Oil & Gas and On to Renewable Heating
When: December 6, 2017, 12pm
Where: NYS Capitol Building, Million Dollar Staircase
Who: Hosted by the Renewable Heat Now campaign, sponsored by Alliance for a Green Economy, New Yorkers for Clean Power, Sane Energy Project, Frack Action, HeatSmart Tompkins and the NY Geothermal Energy Organization
In order to meet our state climate goals of at least 40% greenhouse gas reductions below 1990 levels, we must reduce greenhouse gas emissions that result from heating our buildings and heating our water by at least 40% below 1990 levels by 2030.
Technologies to achieve these goals are available today, and we cannot afford to wait. We must immediately begin mass conversion away from fossil-fuel heating to renewable-ready heat pumps, such as geothermal and cold climate air-source heat pumps.
The state must create policies and incentives designed to meet these climate goals, including:
Rebates and incentives for households, businesses, and municipalities that install heat pumps. Rebate and incentive levels should be based on the efficiency of the technology, with the most efficient receiving the highest incentives.
Additional incentives for low-income households to ensure the transition is equitable and because there are additional social benefits derived from reducing low-income energy burdens and fuel volatility.
Building codes that eliminate fossil-fuel heating in new construction starting in 2020.
Reversal of New York’s gas expansion policy, which incentivizes utilities and customers to convert households from fuel oil to gas.
The scale of heat pump adoption needed to meet our climate goals is enormous, estimated at 126,000 buildings per year (approximately 10,500 per month). State policies must reflect this scale and urgency.
Learn more and join the movement at renewableheatnow.org
Join us in Albany on December 6 to build the renewable heat revolution in New York State!
Message us at Facebook.com/renewableheatnow to volunteer, co-sponsor or for help with carpools/transportation.