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SLO City Council postpones final action on ordinance to phase out natural gas appliances

Posted: 3:44 PM, Sep 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-18 02:01:48-04
SLO all-electric clean energy program on hold, potential conflict of interest

The San Luis Obispo City Council's plan to phase out the use of natural gas appliances is on hold.

Two weeks ago, the council voted 4-1 to approve the Clean Energy Choice program.

The ordinance establishes a policy that new buildings in the city should be all-electric. Developers who choose to include natural gas in new construction would be required to pay an in-lieu fee or commit funds to retrofitting a different property in the city from gas to electric.

The council was set to officially adopt the ordinance at its meeting this week, but after receiving a letter from attorneys representing the Utility Workers Union of America, that action has been postponed.

According to city officials, the letter expressed concerns about a potential conflict of interest, and the city has asked the Fair Political Practices Commission to review the complaint.