Arlington, VA –A key strategic partner of BEL’s, Electrification Strategies LLC (ES), and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) announced today they have signed a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) to explore the feasibility and benefits of electric heat pump water heating technologies for multifamily buildings in cold climates. “Converting multifamily […]
Retrofit Pilot Projects in Rural Communities Plus New Research Show Low- and Moderate-Income Homes Can Save Energy and Cut Overall Home Energy Bills [ARLINGTON, Virginia] – With new federal home energy rebates from the Inflation Reduction Act now available, low- and moderate-income households can overcome cost barriers to home retrofits, according to the non-profit Beneficial […]
Background on USDA PACE and New Era Program On May 16, the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) announced nearly $10.7 billion in federal funding for rural electric cooperatives, the largest federal investment in rural electric infrastructure since electrification 1936. BEL President Keith Dennis believes this funding will be central to advancing the goals […]
[ARLINGTON, Virginia] – New whole home weatherization and electrification demonstration projects, bolstered by groundbreaking economic research on water heater technologies, present a positive economic outlook for upgrading and electrifying single-family homes, according to the Beneficial Electrification League (BEL). The research and home retrofit demonstrations are part of BEL’s Weatherization/Electrification Together, an initiative tackling the challenge […]
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced $400M in federal grant funding for new clean school buses, including electric buses. In a change from last year’s rebate program, school district applicants must purchase a minimum of 15 buses and not more than 50 to be eligible; third-party applicants can request between 25 and 100 buses. BEL views this change – […]
Steffes Reaches for the Holy Grail of Efficient Water Heating with Origin To realize the full benefits of electrifying the U.S. economy, water heating in millions of homes must be converted from gas or propane to efficient electric technologies. And converting multi-family buildings to efficient heat pump water heating is considered by many to be the Holy Grail of residential electrification...