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

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

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.