Induction cooktops & ranges

As part of the market transformation initiative (MTI) development process, CalMTA is advancing high potential ideas in batches throughout 2024 and 2025. The first set of ideas to move forward are highly scored, but also are most ready for near-term development. These and future ideas for development are being selected from the 117 ideas submitted through the Request for Ideas (RFI) held in summer 2023. Additional information on the status of each idea received during the RFI is detailed in a draft Stage 1 Disposition Report. 

CalMTA has created Advancement Plans for each of the technologies moving forward. These plans describe the research and investigation that are needed to complete a full MTI Plan to determine a MT theory and scope for future implementation. Below is a summary of the market transformation idea for Induction Cooktops & Ranges.

Person cooking tomato sauce for pasta on an induction cooktop

Portfolio priorities for induction cooktops: equity, energy savings, and GHG reductionsSector: New & replacement in single-family & multifamily residential 

Product Definition: Induction cooktops and ranges use electromagnetic induction to heat cookware directly. Unlike traditional gas or electric stoves, which heat the burner, and the burner in turn heats the cookware, induction stoves work by directly heating the cooking vessel. They save energy through instant, direct, and efficient heat transfer, and provide precise temperature control. They do not emit noxious gases that contribute to reduced indoor air quality. Induction cooktops are available on combined stove/oven units, as a cooktop installed in a countertop, or as portable plug-in countertop units. 

Preliminary Market Transformation Theory: Gas ranges are the most prevalent cooking method in California single-family and multifamily units with over 70% market share. Induction cooking has been available for several years with most major manufacturers offering models, but the product has yet to be widely adopted. For many years gas cooking has been marketed as offering a superior cooking method so consumer awareness on the benefits of induction cooking is low.  

CalMTA will engage in Key market interventions to accelerate the adoption of induction cooking include driving greater product availability and awareness through retail partnerships and programs that already target multifamily and single-family decarbonization. CalMTA will engage manufacturers to develop lower-priced models that include induction but without premium add-on features and collaborate with direct installation programs to demonstrate to manufacturers that there is a market for more affordable products. 

Read the Induction Ranges and Cooktops Advancement Plan

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Get an overview of the Induction Ranges and Cooktops market transformation initiative, including barriers, opportunities, market interventions, and expected outcomes, in this recording from the January 25, 2024 MTAB meeting.

mother and daughter cooking on induction stove
Induction cooktops and ranges are highly efficient, delivering ~85% of the energy they consume to heat the food compared to ~75-80% for electric stoves and ~32% for gas stoves. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2021-2022 Residential Induction Cooking Tops

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