SPUR Supports the Expansion of San José's Natural Gas Prohibition Ordinance

Policy Letter December 3, 2020

In 2019, San José showed extraordinary climate leadership in prohibiting natural gas in new residential construction, joining a regional movement to decarbonize the built environment. Electrifying buildings brings multiple benefits: it reduces San José’s climate emissions and increases energy resilience in the face of increasing wildfire threats. All-electric buildings eliminate the air pollutants from natural gas combustion and are more cost-effective to build. SPUR strongly urges City Council to adopt the proposed ordinance prohibiting gas in new commercial construction as written, without an exemption for distributed energy.

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