New York officially bans gas hookups, new buildings will need to go electric

The New York City Council has officially voted to outlaw natural gas connections to new buildings, putting final approval in the hands of outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio, who’s expected to sign the measure into law before the end of his final term this year.

Introduction 2317 was approved yesterday, December 15, as just one component of the city’s quest to go carbon-neutral by 2050, with New York’s buildings contributing a whopping 70 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions. The city’s carbon emissions dropped precipitously under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg thanks to the retrofitting of older buildings with more efficient windows and natural gas

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