The Present and Future of Decarbonizing through Electrification in Commercial Buildings in the Midwest

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The U.S. building industry is not on track to decarbonize fast enough to avoid dangerous levels of climate change. The Midwest is a microcosm of this broader issue because of its near universal natural gas availability, high electricity cost relative to natural gas, extreme cold weather, and less-progressive regulatory environments than the coasts. However, there are paths forward. This paper describes five typologies that deserve strong consideration for action on near-term electrification of heating in the Midwest.

Presented at the 2022 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings


  • Scott Hackel, Greg Marsicek, Scott Schuetter; Slipstream
  • Brett Bridgeland, Anish Tilak; Rocky Mountain Institute