Affordable Energy Coalition

Affordable Energy Coalition is a small front group created in March 2021 to attack building electrification policy in the Seattle region. The front group lists the Seattle Plumbers & Pipefitters union as its only member. 

As of March 2022, the Affordable Energy Coalition has spent over $47,000 on ads across Meta platforms.

Affordable Energy Coalition Facebook Advertisement

Despite the Affordable Energy Coalition’s assertions about costs, building electrification is also the most cost-effective approach to decarbonizing the buildings sector. According to the Washington 2021 State Energy Strategy, which is a strategy document to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the Washington Department of Commerce:

“The deep decarbonization modeling analysis…identified a combination of energy efficiency and electrification as the least-cost strategy to meet the state’s greenhouse gas emissions limits for buildings. Consistent with this finding, this chapter recommends policies and actions required to implement an electrification strategy in Washington buildings.” (Report Chapter D. P.67)

Posted by Matt Kasper

Matt Kasper is the Deputy Director at the Energy and Policy Institute. He focuses on defending policies that further the development of clean energy sources. He also focuses on the companies and their front groups that obstruct policy solutions to global warming. Before joining the Energy and Policy Institute in 2014, Matt was a research assistant at the Center for American Progress where he worked on various state and local policy issues.