Establish a building electrification program (for existing buildings) to replace appliances and systems with electric options.
The City will partner with Oncor (electric utility company) to develop a building electrification program that helps residents and businesses to replace natural gas-powered equipment and appliances with high-efficiency electric options. The program will provide information, technical assistance, and financial incentives to replace equipment, such as boilers and furnaces, hot water heaters, and stoves with electric alternatives (thus reducing the potential for carbon lock in over time). The City can also coordinate with building trade organizations to ensure local contractors are trained to provide high-quality installations of electric heating and cooling systems, such as air source heat pumps.
This action will be implemented in phases, initially focusing on the largest natural gas consumers in the city.
This action will be implemented on a longer-term timeframe than other actions based on the assumption that Dallas’ electric grid will gradually decarbonize over time as more renewable energy supply is added.