How New York City Can Cost-Effectively Convert to Clean Heat

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In 2011, one percent of New York City's buildings were producing 86 percent of the city's soot pollution. 

Together, these buildings were pumping nearly the same amount of particulates into the air as all of the Big Apple's cars and trucks combined.   

To address the problem, New York City adopted a number of sweeping regulations — known as the Clean Heat initiative — requiring building owners and operators to convert to cleaner fuels. As part of the new requirements, the use of No. 6 heating oil — the biggest pollutant of heating fuels in New York City — was prohibited as of July 15, 2015. And, beginning on January 1, 2030, the use of No. 4 oil will also be banned. 

So, what are the heating options for NYC buildings going forward? There are essentially three main options: first, continue to use No. 4 heating oil despite the impending ban and uncertainty surrounding future prices; second, switch directly to No. 2 heating oil; or, third, invest in the necessary equipment to upgrade to cleaner-burning and price-stable natural gas. Below is a chart comparison (based on data from the Environmental Defense Fund) of the different heating fuels in terms of emissions.

Direct Energy Business has created a new, in-depth guide to help building owners and operators better understand the fuel conversion process and the economic benefits of natural gas. 

The guide — "Simplifying the Fuel Oil Conversion Process" — highlights a number of factors to consider when selecting a fuel including fuel prices, total emissions, the cost advantage of natural gas, and energy service providers.

To learn more about New York City's Clean Heat program and the fuel conversion process, download our guide to "Simplifying the Fuel Oil Conversion Process." 

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