Local sustainability and environmental leaders in San Mateo County are coming together to discuss progress and challenges to switch from gas to electric appliances for homeowners during a free Nov. 10 event at Genentech in South San Francisco.

The event from nonprofit Sustainable San Mateo County will have local sustainability leaders discuss how to ensure an electrification transition with existing building stock, along with potential ways to accelerate building electrification, which refers to moving away from gas stoves, water heaters and other appliances to electric options. Sustainable San Mateo County will release its 2022 Indicators Report and discuss sustainability performance in the county around building energy use, the challenges of building electrification and potential solutions and policy initiatives.

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Curtis Driscoll covers transportation and the cities of San Mateo, Foster City, Belmont and Half Moon Bay. See my other articles: https://bit.ly/3IruW6p

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Dirk van Ulden

I dealt with CEC staff in my last position at UC. They are all oblivious to reality but quite articulate and have the backing of many politicians who use climate change to garner votes. Their revolving door consists of getting generous grants that are authorized by bureaucrats who used to be their subordinates. Also, none them is elected but somehow manage to dictate what we should do with our lives and money. The only way to get rid of them is a massive restructuring of our government or use a hatchet to reduce their regulatory excesses. We could use a guy like Elon Musk to clean things out.

Terence Y

Perhaps these leaders can tell us what the purpose of this electrification will do besides virtue signaling. After all, electricity will continue to come from fossil-fuel generation plants and their emissions, as well as emissions from China, India, and other developing countries will circulate around the global atmosphere.

Perhaps these leaders could also provide case studies that spell out the costs and the return on investment from any electrification transitions. We hear from people who supposedly have transitioned, but they never provide any costs. Even with the offer of taxpayer money to subsidize costs, the homeowner must still crack open their wallets for not making a whit of difference in controlling emissions.


The "we are going to force you crowd" is in charge. So much for choice. There are incentives to convert gas to electric in existing homes to lighten the financial burden on the homeowner. Please note these incentives are funded by "us", the taxpayers. It is not such a great deal. Once electric has a monopoly, there is no incentive for efficiencies and costs will rise. Allow the free market to decide and give innovation and technology a chance to thrive.

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