New York Gov. Hochul announces plans to ban gas heating in new homes, buildings constructed in next few years
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New York Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul, during her state of the state address Monday, announced plans to ban gas heating in new construction over the next several years.
Speaking at the state legislature in Albany, Hochul acknowledged rising energy costs for homeowners and renters across the state, indirectly mentioning the Russia-Ukraine war in remarks about “geopolitical forces beyond our control but hitting our wallets here in home”.
Arguing that New York homes are some of the oldest in the country, leaving them poorly insulated, the governor, elected to her first full term in November after taking over from disgraced predecessor Andrew Cuomo, said buildings are the largest source of greenhouse gases. emissions in the state, which account for a third of our greenhouse gas production.
“I am proposing a plan to end the sale of new fossil-fired heating appliances by 2030 by calling for the construction of – all new construction must be zero-emission – starting in 2025 for small buildings and 2028 for large buildings,” Hochul said. “And we are taking these steps now because climate change remains the greatest threat to our planet, but also to our children and our grandchildren.”
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New York Governor Kathy Hochul delivers the 2023 State of the State address. (NYS / Fox News)
New zero-emission construction and phasing out the sale of new fossil fuel heating equipment are part of the governor’s ambitious new package of initiatives to decarbonize buildings.
Hochul’s proposal would create the Energy Affordability Guarantee to ensure that participating New Yorkers never pay more than 6% of their income on electricity. She announced $200 million in utility bill relief for up to 800,000 New York households earning under $75,000 a year who are not currently eligible for the state’s utility rebate program.
Climate change protesters, also known as Extinction Rebellion activists, gather outside the governor’s office to protest against Gov. Kathy Hochul in New York City on January 25, 2022. (Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images/Getty Images)
The announcement also includes $500 million in clean water funding, along with the creation of Community Assistance Teams to help disadvantaged communities access financial assistance, according to the governor’s office.
Climate change protesters outside Governor Kathy Hochul’s office in New York City on January 25, 2022. (Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images/Getty Images)
In her speech, Hochul acknowledged the aggressive emissions reduction mandates implanted by the state legislature in 2019.
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“Now we are implementing that plan,” she said. “Of course, you have to do it thoughtfully in a way that prioritizes affordability, protects those already struggling to get by, and redresses the environmental injustices of the past. With that in mind, we’re pursuing a program of the country’s leading capital and investment. To limit greenhouse emissions, invest in clean energy and prioritize the health and economic well-being of our families.”