Bellingham Climate Action Plan
from Natural Gas to Electricity
The City of Bellingham’s Climate Action Task Force was launched in September 2018 with the purpose of determining the feasibility, costs, and impacts of the City’s 100% renewable energy ambitions. The Task Force released preliminary recommendations for the building sector in June 2019, which included mandatory conversion of space and water heating systems by 2035, plus electrification of all commercial, residential, and renter occupied heating systems, and solar PV installation to cover at least 50% of the building footprint through rooftop or offsite solar.
Cost figures provided by the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County (BIAWC). The complete Climate Action Plan Task Force Meeting Summary is available on the City of Bellingham’s website here.
This will cost
$30,000 – $55,000
for a typical Bellingham home 1,100 sq ft and 50 yrs old. For every $1,000 increase in the cost of a home, 85 local families are priced out of the market and cannot realize the American Dream of homeownership. This conversion will price 2,550 to 4,675 local families out of the Bellingham housing market.
If newer homes convert, engineering and strucutural cost will decrease, but solar panel cost and heat pump cost increase.
Cascade Natural Gas, together with the Building Association of Whatcom County and the Whatcom County Association of Realtors, composed and sent a letter to Mayor Linville requesting that people who live, work, rent, and operate small businesses in Bellingham have the opportunity to share knowledge and participate in the Climate Action Plan. You can read the full letter by clicking here.