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Lawmakers make final push for HEAT Act to reduce utility costs for some New Yorkers

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New York lawmakers are advocating for the New York Home Energy Affordable Transition Act (HEAT Act) to pass the Assembly, following its Senate approval earlier this year. Sponsored by Senator Liz Krueger and Assemblymember Patricia Fahy, the bill aims to end the mandate for every building to connect to the gas grid.


The HEAT Act, co-sponsored by several Rochester and Monroe County representatives, intends to reduce utility costs by eliminating the need for new gas line installations and maintenance. This change aligns with the state’s move away from gas usage, as mandated by previous legislation such as the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.

Despite Senate approval in March, the bill faces Assembly opposition, with concerns about potential increases in utility bills and a forced shift away from gas appliances. Krueger reassures that the bill allows for petitions to keep gas if alternatives are inadequate. The Assembly must vote by June 7, after which the bill will go to Governor Kathy Hochul for approval.



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