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All-Electric Building Act pushed as costs of heating oil rise

It’s been announced by the New York Independent System Operator that wholesale electricity prices are expected to see a major increase this winter.

This means residents in Upstate New York can expect their heating bills to increase over 30% in the coming months. This is partially due to the disruptions in the supply happening in Eastern Europe.

Many homes are already built to use oil or gas for heat, but continuing this practice isn’t necessary. Advocates are now demanding that there be a push to not build buildings that only use gas heat moving forward.


This would be done through the All-Electric Building Act which is sponsored by Assemblymember Emily Gallagher and Senator Brian Kavanagh. It would require any new buildings being built to use electricity as a source of heat.

More specifically, only buildings under 7 stories tall starting in 2024 would be required to use electric heat. In 2027 larger buildings would be required to follow these rules.

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