New York’s Hochul Proposes Banning Gas In New Buildings: Hochul acknowledged the rising energy costs borne by homeowners and renters throughout the state while addressing the state legislature in Albany. He did so by insinuating that the Russia-Ukraine conflict was one of the “geopolitical forces outside our control but hitting our wallets right here at home.”
The governor, who was elected to her first full term in November after taking over from disgraced predecessor Andrew Cuomo, claimed buildings are the state’s largest source of greenhouse emissions, accounting for one third of our greenhouse gas output. She claimed that because New York homes are among the oldest in the country, they are poorly insulated.
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According to Hochul, “I’m proposing a strategy to cease the sale of new fossil-fueled heating equipment by 2030 by pushing for construction of all new buildings to be zero emission, commencing in 2025 for small buildings and 2028 for large ones. We are acting now because climate change continues to be the biggest threat to not only our planet but also our children and grandkids.
The governor’s ambitious new package of building decarbonization programmes includes the phase-out of the sale of new fossil fuel heating equipment and new zero-emission buildings.
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The Energy Affordability Guarantee, which Hochul’s proposal will establish, will assure that participating New Yorkers never spend more than 6% of their wages on power. For up to 800,000 New York households earning under $75,000 annually that are not currently qualified for the state’s utility discount programme, she proposed $200 million in relief for utility bills.
According to the governor’s office, the announcement also includes $500 million in funding for clean water projects along with the establishment of Community Assistance Teams to aid underprivileged communities in obtaining financial aid.
NEW: Governor Kathy Hochul is proposing to make New York the first US state to ban natural gas heating and appliances in new buildings https://t.co/I9niSg7b2x
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Hochul acknowledged the stringent emission reduction requirements enacted by the state assembly in 2019 in her speech. Stay tuned to techyember.com for more updates.