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

Policy Letter

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.