"N.Y.C.’s Gas Ban Takes Fight Against Climate Change to the Kitchen"

"New York is set to become the nation’s largest city to enact a ban on gas heat and stoves in new buildings. It’s a major step away from fossil fuels that is expected to influence wider markets."

"New York City is set to ban gas-powered stoves, space heaters and water boilers in all new buildings, a move that would significantly affect real estate development and construction in the nation’s largest city and could influence how cities around the world seek to reduce the burning of fossil fuels, which drives climate change.

The City Council is expected on Wednesday to approve a bill banning gas hookups in new buildings — effectively requiring all-electric heating and cooking — after weeks of intense negotiations, council staff members and lobbying groups said. The ban will take effect in December 2023 for buildings under seven stories; for taller buildings, developers negotiated a delay until 2027.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat who called for the ban two years ago, will sign the bill “enthusiastically,” said Ben Furnas, the director of climate and sustainability for the mayor’s office.

“It’s a historic step forward in our efforts to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels,” Mr. Furnas said. “If we can do it here, we can do it anywhere.”"

Anne Barnard reports for the New York Times December 15, 2021.

Source: NYTimes, 12/15/2021