Doesn’t electricity produce emissions as well? What will these buildings run on when the sun goes down?

Electricity generation does produce emissions, although the amount of emissions are greatly reducing through the Renewable Portfolio Standard requirements. Utilities in California are required to have 50% of their retail sales from renewable sources by 2030. To meet this mandate, utilities are adding cleaner sources of energy to their mix all the time, especially as prices for solar continually decrease. Geothermal, wind and hydroelectricity are renewable sources that are available at night after the sun goes down. Sonoma Clean Power’s CleanStart default service is 49% renewable and the EverGreen service offers 100% local renewable energy day and night. PG&E’s default service is 39% renewable and the Solar Choice program offers 100% renewable solar energy.

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1. Why is the City going beyond what the State is requiring when the new energy code already has a large increase in energy requirements?
2. What are the advantages to all-electric buildings?
3. What are the potential drawbacks of an all-electric building?
4. Are all-electric buildings viable today?
5. What happens to electric water heaters and induction cooktops when the power goes out? Isn’t it better to have a gas stove to be able to cook meals and a gas water heater to have hot water?
6. Won’t this add costs and make it more difficult to build housing?
7. How do construction costs compare?
8. How does the life cycle cost compare?
9. Why the focus on new residential construction?
10. How reliable is the electric grid as compared to natural gas pipelines?
11. Will you take my gas stove away?
12. What is this electric induction cooking all about?
13. Can a heat pump water heater match the performance of a gas system?
14. Will the heat pump water heater need to be supplemented by electric resistance?
15. Doesn’t electricity produce emissions as well? What will these buildings run on when the sun goes down?
16. What about adding more electricity to the grid?
17. Does this affect smart meter opt out?
18. Is it harder to sell an all-electric house?