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Climate Action Plan
The City has a Climate Action Plan (CAP) that focuses on two goals:
- adoption of electric vehicles in the community
- decarbonizing existing buildings by reducing the use of fossil fuels
The CAP goal is to transition 95 percent of existing buildings in Morgan Hill to all-electric by 2045. If you have questions, please contact Environmental Services at ClimateActionPlan@morganhill.ca.gov.
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Decarbonization of Existing Buildings
While new buildings being constructed in Morgan Hill are required to be all-electric, unless there is not a feasible way for them to operate without natural gas, it is the existing buildings currently utilizing natural gas that will continue to cause climate change unless they are retrofit.
Accessibility of Electric Vehicles
Some of the issues that arise with making the shift to electric vehicles include expanding community charging stations and multiple home communities charging abilities, among others that are addressed in the CAP.
What is Decarbonization?
Decarbonization is the reduction or elimination of carbon from energy sources. By decarbonizing buildings in our community, the energy that it takes for things like heating, cooling, cooking, or lighting would be powered by electricity from renewable sources instead of by fossil fuels.
Why Should We Decarbonize Buildings?
- Environmental Factors - Using natural gas for space heating, water heating, and cooking in buildings means that carbon dioxide will be released both directly at each appliance and throughout the supply and distribution system transporting the gas. When that carbon dioxide is released, it accumulates in our atmosphere. All that carbon dioxide becomes trapped and creates a greenhouse effect on our planet, warming up the overall climate. Switching all our commercial and residential buildings to fully function on electricity, rather than natural gas, will drastically reduce the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The California grid is increasingly powered by renewable energy every year and the State has a goal for the grid to be based on 100% renewables by 2045.
- Health Benefits – Natural gas and propane stoves can release carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and other harmful pollutants into the air that can be toxic to people and pets. In homes that use gas powered appliances, children are 42 percent more at risk for developing asthma compared to homes with electric stoves.
- Economic Value – Since energy efficiency efforts began 40 years ago, Californians have saved $74 billion (PDF) in reduced electricity costs.
Why Should We Switch to Electric Vehicles?
Traditionally, vehicles have relied on gasoline that is extracted from the ground. When that gasoline is burned to operate the vehicle, carbon dioxide is released, contributing to climate change. Electric powered vehicles are powered by electricity that can come from renewable sources.
What are the Challenges with Electric Vehicles?
Almost every vehicle manufacture today is developing electric vehicles. As this diversity of manufactures increases, we are seeing a decrease in the price per vehicle. As the price steadily decreases, the potential for more people to switch out their gasoline-fueled car for an electric one increases. The main challenge for the City is to have enough charging stations available to support electric vehicles.