BREAKING NEWS: NYC-Style Fossil Fuel Ban Pulled from FY23 Budget
New York PHCC has been monitoring FY23 budget developments as they occur in Albany. Negotiations were stalled in part over whether or not to include Parts CCC and EEE which would have eliminated subsidies provided by utilities to help homeowners connect to natural gas, and more importantly would have imposed a statewide New York City-style ban on natural gas prohibiting connections in new construction as well as mandatory disconnections in major renovations.
PHCC has partnered with organized labor and allies in the state legislature to aggressively push back against these proposals, and OUR ADVOCACY HAS WORKED! We have just learned this morning that those provisions are no longer in the FY23 budget.PHCC and supporters of fuel choice have won the battle, but not the war.
Attempts will be made to push a separate legislative proposal supported by Senator Brian Kavanaugh that would impose a statewide ban on natural gas. We must also be vigilant about attempts by environmental advocates to circumvent public awareness by changing the building codes to mandate all-electric buildings. We must remain vigilant. You are highly encouraged to register to attend and speak at upcoming Climate Action Council listening sessions to speak out against the risks of banning natural gas and counter misinformation from our opponents.
New York PHCC will also be filing official comments with the Climate Action Council for them to consider as they draft their recommendations due out at the end of the year. The Climate Action Council public sessions are scheduled throughout the state (including two virtual sessions), be sure to register and make it a priority to attend!
Schedule is here (https://climate.ny.gov/CAC-Meetings-and-Materials) and registration is here (https://nyserda.seamlessdocs.com/f/PublicHearings).