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Albany Times Union: State’s Climate Council Wants Heat Pumps in All New Homes by 2024 – Council Wants to Aggressively Switch from Fossil Fuels – by Roger Hannigan Gilson / Albany Times Union “The Climate Action Council, charged with figuring out how to achieve the goals of the ambitious Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), released a plan earlier this month for getting New York off fossil fuels. The council recommends the adoption of state codes prohibiting propane, gas and oil equipment from being installed in new single-family homes and low-rise residential buildings beginning in 2024, and adopting zero-emission standards that prohibit the replacement of this equipment in existing homes beginning in 2030. The council recommends replacing such systems with heat pumps, which use the same technology as air conditioners to take thermal energy from outside and compress and transfer it indoors to heat homes….Instead of using thermal energy from the outside air to heat homes like air-source heat pumps, ground source pumps use a system of liquid-filled pipes to move thermal energy from the ground into homes.” This article quotes NY-GEO board member John Ciovacco – Full article here.
Siena: NYers Support Zero GHG’s in New Construction by Wide Margin– “This Siena College Poll was conducted January 9-13, 2022 among 806 New York State registered voters with 406 voters contacted through a dual frame (landline and cell phone) mode and 400 responses drawn from a proprietary online panel (Lucid) of New Yorkers.” Full article here.
Hochul on Gas Ban: Marie J. French – POLITICO Weekly NY & NJ Energy email – “Gov. Kathy Hochul said developers needed a multi-year timeline to accommodate a ban on fossil fuels in new construction when asked about her proposed 2027 deadline. Some Democratic lawmakers have proposed an end of 2023 gas ban for all new buildings, including high rises and commercial developments. ‘The issue is that construction projects are long term planning… It takes years of planning and getting site approvals and reviews,’ she said. ‘I’ll have these conversations. I’m going to be having many conversations with the Legislature to work collaboratively with them…But I also have to make sure that I give the builders and developers enough time to do what they have to do.’ Hochul’s spokesperson has said the ban could be in place sooner than 2027 for low-rise buildings, which would be in line with the state’s climate council proposal of 2024.”
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