The New York State Legislature passed a bill on Tuesday requiring new buildings to be all-electric to limit fossil fuel use — meaning no more gas stoves.
The bill is part of a larger initiative by the state to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and invest in more renewable energy projects, which would include New York City’s peak power stations (lean, chimney-like power plants that run when demand is high) will be phased out if standards are enforced by 2030.
“We need to take action to provide a cleaner, safer environment for our children and grandchildren,” said Deborah Glick, member of the New York Assembly and chair of the environmental protection committee. rack. “This budget, with its climate and environmental focus, will help ensure we are on track to meet our climate goals while investing in a greener New York.”
However, the legislation prohibiting the use of natural gas does not apply to all new buildings. Exceptions are made for some commercial and industrial spaces such as hospitals, catering establishments and laundries. Existing buildings are also exempt and do not need to be modified. The measure will come into effect in 2026 for buildings of seven floors or shorter and in 2029 for taller buildings.
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While the New York initiative largely points to environmental concerns as a contributing factor, many in favor of banning gas stoves have pointed to the health risks associated with gas-powered appliances.
In January, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission spoke in an interview with Bloombergstating that gas-powered stoves emit airborne pollutants that have been linked to respiratory and cardiovascular problems.
It is unclear whether other states will follow New York’s lead.
“I’m thrilled that a state is doing it, not just because New York is a high-impact state,” Sarah Fox, an associate professor of law at Northern Illinois University School of Law, told me. CNN. “It takes it outside of this story that these fringe cities are adopting these policies. This is going to be a mainstream policy for a state like New York to have.”
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