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Governor Hochul Commits to Electrify New York’s Buildings – In her first State of the State address, Governor Kathy Hochul vowed to end fossil fuels in new construction, make 1 million buildings all-electric by 2030, and propose legislation to end the utilities’ “obligation to serve” customers with natural gas. The Governor’s statement reflected an enormous grassroots effort focused on a commitment to ridding the heating sector of greenhouse gas emissions. Click for Renewable Heat Now’s release on the Governor’s 237-page 2022 State of the State book. Here’s NYSERDA’s summary. See also Energywire’s Review: “N.Y. Governor Backs First Statewide Gas Ban”
Quebec bans oil heating in new homes starting Dec. 31 – Josh Grant · CBC News – “As of 2023, new or replacement heating systems powered by fossil fuels banned. As of Dec. 31, oil-powered heating is banned in all new construction projects across Quebec, part of the province’s push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In two years, Quebec will go a step further by making it illegal to replace existing oil furnaces with any sort of heating system powered by fossil fuels after Dec. 31, 2023.” Full article here.
New York Rolls Out Initiative for Carbon-Neutral Homes – By Paul Erikson – Rochester Beacon December 22, 2021 – “ A new $30 million statewide initiative to build market capacity and demand for decarbonized homes and neighborhoods has been launched. Gov. Kathy Hochul said the initiative, called Building Better Homes – Emissions Free and Healthier Communities, will establish a network of builders and developers that are committed to building carbon-neutral single-family homes and neighborhoods. It also will provide training, and technical and marketing support. ‘Single-family homes are too often overlooked as sources of greenhouse gas emissions in New York and it’s crucial we work with both developers and homebuyers to reduce emissions,’ Hochul said…Under phase one, $5 million will be allocated to support builders and developers seeking training, technical assistance, marketing support, and funding to build carbon-free model homes.” Thanks to NY-GEO member Paul Coons for this tip. Full article here.