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Gas stoves and furnaces will be banned in New York

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In a bid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, New York state is enacting a ban on natural gas stoves and furnaces in most new buildings. The legislation, negotiated by Governor Kathy Hochul and fellow Democrats, is included in the state budget and positions New York as a leader in targeting emissions from buildings. Starting in 2026, new constructions will replace fossil fuel equipment with electric alternatives, such as induction ranges and heat pumps.

The mandate only affects new constructions, leaving existing buildings unaffected. Governor Hochul clarified that current gas stove owners can continue using their appliances, emphasizing the importance of a smooth transition toward the country’s eventual emission reduction goals. Critics argue that the new mandate will increase construction costs and strain the electrical grid while limiting options for new home buyers.

The ban will commence in 2026 for buildings of seven stories or fewer, with larger buildings facing the ban from 2029. Exemptions include emergency backup power, commercial food establishments, laboratories, and car washes. New York is the first state to enact such legislation, with over 80 local governments across the U.S. having approved all-electric new construction requirements.

Focusing on new construction, rather than existing buildings, is seen as a sensible initial step toward achieving broader emission reduction targets. New York’s long-term goals include a 40% reduction in emissions by 2030 and an 85% reduction by 2050, compared to 1990 levels.

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