Electrification

All across the country, a number of states and localities have implemented policies that restrict the use of gas appliances in homes and businesses. In an effort to educate our membership and their customers, and to dispel the myths created my the electrification movement, we have created this page as a resource for information.

If you have any questions or if you are aware of pending pro-electrification initiatives in your locality, please reach out to MAHPA at admin@mahpba.org.

The Benefits of Natural Gas & Propane

Clean & Efficient: Natural gas and propane are clean sources of energy that help millions of residents and businesses across the country reduce their carbon footprint and support sustainability.

Cost Effective & Affordable: Americans save money every day by using affordable natural gas and propane to heat their homes, cook their meals and support their business needs.

Consistent & Reliable: Propane and natural gas help homes and businesses maintain heat and fuel, even when electric power is off. During storms and natural disasters, gas keeps the power on.

Electrification Myths

Electricity is better than fossil fuels…

Electrification does not automatically mean de-carbonization. Electricity must be generated by a primary energy source. In the U.S., the largest primary energy sources used for electricity generation are natural gas and coal. Second, it’s important to note that once generated, electricity has to be immediately transmitted through power lines. As it travels from its generation source, the electrons flowing through the power lines encounter resistance and lose energy. This means to get one unit of electricity to a site (wherever the plug is located), it takes three units of source energy.

Electrifying everything will eliminate carbon in the atmosphere…

Not until the electric grid is 100% renewable! In 2020, 60% of all electrical power generation in the United States came from burning coal or natural gas. Even electrification advocates admit electrifying everything will take over 20 years and cost about $20-$25 trillion. By replacing heavy carbon engines and appliances, clean and renewable energy like natural gas and propane can accelerate decarbonization today.