no more expensive than heating with natural gas.
State-of-the-art techniques that minimize heat loss,
in combination with advances in air-source heat
pumps, have made electrification cost-competitive
even in cold climates like New England, they claim.
But critics say that since about half of New
England’s electricity is currently derived from
fossil fuels, a switch to heat pumps, which require
electricty, doesn’t avoid generating greenhouse gas
emissions. According to the Massachusetts Coalition
for Sustainable Energy, the existing constraints on
the ability to transport enough natural gas into New
England force electricity generators to turn to highemission
coal and oil during peak demands periods.
A severe cold snap has the potential to wipe out all
of the state’s annual emissions reduction benefits
from solar power. And, they argue, gas moratoriums
do not improve safety as the proliferation of above
ground tanks and the delivery of propane by trucks
is a less safe means of delivering energy than a
properly regulated underground pipeline network.
The Home Builders and Remodelers Association of
Massachusetts is strongly opposed to such bans on
natural gas service because they increase the cost of
housing, limit consumer choice, and put thousands
of good-paying jobs at risk for plumbers, HVAC
professionals, utility workers and others.
Benjamin Fierro III is a partner in the Boston law
firm of Lynch & Fierro LLP and serves as counsel to
the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of
The Pillars of Membership
When you join your local home builders association, you automatically
become a member of the state association (HBRAMA) and the national
association (NAHB). Your 3-in-1 membership means you have access to valuable
resources that help you gain a competitive advantage. The five pillars of NAHB
membership – knowledge, networking, expertise, advocacy and savings –
all form the foundation to build your future.