City seeking input on strategy to transition existing buildings to all electric

The City of Sacramento is asking members of the public to provide input on its draft Existing Building Electrification strategy, which will guide the transition of existing buildings to all electric by 2045. 

The Sacramento City Council in 2021 directed City staff to develop a strategy to achieve this goal with a focus on communities most impacted by climate change and to ensure equitable outcomes. 

“Transitioning existing buildings to electric appliances is a great opportunity for Sacramento residents to reduce their carbon footprint, save money on utility bills, and improve indoor air quality,” said the City’s Associate Planner Laura Tuller. “We hope that the public will provide their input on how the strategy can support households and businesses as they transition to electric appliances.” 

The draft strategy outlines steps to work towards carbon neutrality by replacing building appliances powered by fossil fuels with renewable electric energy. This reduces greenhouse gas emissions and improves air quality. 

Developing an existing building electrification strategy is a key measure in the City’s draft Climate Action & Adaptation Plan, which sets direction to transition natural gas in existing buildings to carbon-free electricity by 2045 as an important element of the City’s strategy to achieve carbon neutrality.  

Those interested can provide input on the strategy on the City’s website by Nov. 17. Individuals can provide comments directly on the document and respond to the comments of others. Comments and questions can also be submitted via email to 

City staff will be presenting an update on the strategy at the Planning and Design Commission on Thursday, August 24. View the staff report and meeting agenda on the City’s website.

To learn more, visit the Existing Building Electrification webpage. 

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