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City council passes ordinance to phase out natural gas appliances in San Luis Obispo

Posted at 12:13 AM, Sep 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-04 22:15:38-04

San Luis Obispo City Council moves forward with a new policy that would create an easier path towards their goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2035.

The San Luis Obispo City Council wants to lead the charge, transitioning from natural gas to electric power in all new structures.

At a meeting Tuesday night, the council voted 4-1 for an ordinance that would require all new structures to be built with electric power.

City leaders say they want to update the city building code to require all new residential and non-residential buildings to support only electric with few exceptions.

The ordinance says developers will pay an in-lieu fee to install natural gas hookups in the building or they could commit funds to retrofitting a different property within the city from gas to electric.

The ordinance will go into effect in San Luis Obispo at the start of 2020.