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Hello fellow G.E.T. readers. Below are some highlights from the weekly newsletter from NY-GEO. We will be sharing the highlights of the newsletters weekly with you. Enjoy!

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More on Gas Bans ! – Oakland and San Jose, California Join San Francisco, Berkeley, etc. in banning the installation of natural gas in new construction. By ANNIE SCIACCA | asciacca@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group – December 2, 2020 – Oakland joined dozens of California cities Tuesday in passing an ordinance to ban gas stoves and heaters in new buildings yet to be constructed throughout the city. The City Council unanimously decided to prohibit newly constructed buildings — both residential and commercial — from connecting to natural gas or propane.

 

 

The ordinance, introduced by council members Dan Kalb and Nikki Fortunato Bas and Mayor Libby Schaaf, does not apply to existing buildings and any associated renovations or additions. Neither does it affect attached accessory dwelling units. Although the law requires new buildings to be equipped with all-electric power sources, it does allow developers to apply for waivers if they believe that isn’t feasible. Full article here.  Thanks to NY-GEO member Bob Wyman for this tip.
And Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced a proposal to update the city’s energy code to ban the use of fossil fuels, aka natural gas, in new commercial and large multi-family construction for space and most water heating. Here’s the second article on the proposed Seattle ban.
UK: No Gas in New Builds Patrick Collinson -Sat 28 Nov 2020 – The Guardian, US Edition – “Last week the government set a target of 600,000 heat pump installations a year in the UK by 2028 as it launched its ‘green industrial revolution’. It told housebuilders that in only three years’ time they will be forbidden from installing gas boilers in new homes and will have to put in a heat pump instead…This is an extraordinarily fast-paced change; last year of the 1.6m boilers installed in the UK, only about 25,000 were heat pumps and the rest were traditional gas units… Existing householders won’t be forced to replace their old gas boilers – but if yours is reaching the end of its natural life, the experts say you should be seriously considering a heat pump while the very attractive government financial incentives remain in place.” Thanks to Lisa Marshall of Heat Smart Tompkins for this tip. More on the UK climate initiative from the BBC.

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