New buildings in New York City will soon be unable to house gas-powered stoves, ovens and heating appliances, after the City Council voted Wednesday to ban the use of fossil fuels in new developments. Mayor Bill de Blasio has indicated he will sign the legislation into law. 

The ban, approved by a vote of 40-7 with one abstention, is expected to prompt other major metropolises to adopt all-electric approaches for heating and cooking. It will go into effect in 2023 for buildings under seven stories tall, and apply to all buildings starting in 2027, initial exemptions lobbied for by the Real Estate Board of New York.

The bill requires the city to complete a study on possible impacts on the city’s electrical grid by 2023, and includes other temporary exceptions, such as for buildings where at least half of the units are designated for “affordable” housing, as well as exemptions for hospitals, laboratories and commercial kitchens.  

Climate activists from the #GasFreeNYC coalition and elected officials rally in City Hall Park on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Brittainy Newman) New buildings in New York City will soon be unable to house gas-powered stoves, ovens and heating appliances, after the City Council voted Wednesday […]

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