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The New York City Council has voted to ban natural gas in new buildings.
According to The Washington Free Beacon:
The Democratic-backed measure, which passed 40 to 7, will force most newly constructed buildings to use electricity instead. The law will phase in restrictions beginning in 2023.
The measure comes as the country confronts a historic surge in energy prices. The Biden administration’s Energy Department said in October that it expects heating costs to jump as much as 54 percent this winter. The cost of energy commodities has spiked 57 percent over the last 12 months, according to a recent Labor Department report, pushing the country’s inflation to multi-decade highs.
The natural gas prohibition is expected to raise energy costs for New Yorkers. The average cost to heat a home with natural gas last winter was $573, according to the Energy Department. Electricity, meanwhile, costs an average of $1,268.
Democratic lawmakers who spearheaded the legislation said it will reduce carbon emissions in the city. Much of electricity in New York, however, is generated in plants that burn fossil fuels.
New York state has a law that requires all power be generated by nuclear power or renewable energy by 2040.