New York is on the brink of becoming the first state in the country to ban gas stoves in new homes. The proposed legislation, which has been under consideration for some time, would prohibit gas hookups in all new buildings, starting in 2024 for those under seven stories and 2027 for taller buildings.
The move is part of a larger effort by Governor Kathy Hochul to reduce emissions from fossil fuels and combat climate change. In 2021, New York City became the largest city in the United States to ban gas connections for new buildings. Hochul's plan also includes incentives for electric heating systems and other energy-efficient appliances as well as stricter regulations on existing buildings that still use gas.
The proposal has been met with both support and criticism from lawmakers and residents alike. Supporters argue that it will help reduce emissions and create healthier living environments while opponents worry about increased costs associated with switching to electric appliances and potential job losses among those who work in the gas industry.