Building Electrification

The City of Oakland is pursuing cost-effective, equitable pathways to eliminate natural gas use in buildings. See below for details of outreach, engagement, and data on the health and climate impacts of natural gas, electric alternatives to gas systems, and cost-effectiveness analysis.

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In Process

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Oakland's City Council set ambitious climate targets that require electrifying all buildings as rapidly as possible. As an important first step, in December 2020, the City began requiring all new construction to be all-electric. East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) supported this effort by commissioning a cost-effectiveness study of all-electric new construction that showed both upfront and lifetime cost effectiveness for nearly all building types.

Public engagement has been central to the process of figuring out how to shift away from fossil fuel use in buildings. It began in June 2019, when Oakland and Berkeley convened a workshop with housing developers (both market-rate and affordable), construction trades, and electrification experts to discuss the feasibility, needs, and benefits of building electrification, with a major focus on new construction. In 2021, we turned our attention to existing buildings. Oakland's Equitable Climate Action Plan, adopted in July 2020, mandated that major retrofits of City facilities as well as all new construction in the city must be all-electric by 2021; it also set a target that gas be eliminated from all existing buildings by 2040. This transition will have major implications for local workforce and economic development, so the City convened a series of workshops to explore the needs and challenges of workforce development for electrification in March 2021. The final session in the series will be held in late 2021. As Oakland continues on the bold path of decarbonizing buildings, this page will be updated with progress, resources, and upcoming events.

On November 17th 2021, the City of Oakland hosted a workshop on building electrification in major retrofits, bringing together City staff, developers, builders, labor, business leaders, and others in discussing the challenges and optimal strategies for transitioning Oakland’s existing buildings away from gas use. The event will include small- and full-group discussion. Outcomes will directly inform the City’s policy development for building electrification and vehicle charging infrastructure. See presentation slides, recording, Jamboard notes and Q&A from the meeting here: Presentation Slides, Recording, Breakout 1, Breakout 2a, Breakout 2b, Jamboard synthesis, Q&A.

Learn about the Workforce Stakeholder Engagement Series to ensure a just transition in Building + Transportation Electrification

View recording of the November 20th, 2020 Building Electrification Ordinance webinar.


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Timeline

Oakland-Berkeley Electrification Workshop
June 13, 2019
Oakland Building Electrification Workshop
September 12, 2019
Webinar about City's New Construction Ordinance
November 20, 2020
City Council adopts New Construction Ordinance
December 1, 2020
Workforce Develop Stakeholder Series Begins
March 2021 - Present
Electrifying Existing Buildings Workshop
November 17, 2021

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