New York City Set to Ban Natural Gas in New Buildings

The law would apply to new buildings under seven stories high at the end of 2023 and those over seven stories in 2027.

Scott DiSavino, Reuters

The New York City Council is expected to vote on Dec. 15 to ban natural gas in new buildings, following in the footsteps of dozens of other smaller U.S. cities seeking to shift from fossil fuels to cleaner forms of energy.

Should the law pass, new buildings in the city of 8.8 million residents—biggest in the United States—will have to use electricity for heat and cooking.

In the near-term, the new law will do little to reduce carbon emissions in the Big Apple, as numerous older buildings will not be affected, and the new structures would use electricity generated with fossil fuels anyway. Longer-term, however, the state plans to stop using fossil fuels to generate power.

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