An ordinance was approved by the Board of Supervisors of San Francisco, a city located in Northern California, which will prohibit the use of natural gas in new construction from June 2021. The measure will require 100% electricity supply to new homes and commercial buildings.
The measure was supported by PG&E Corp, the city’s gas and electricity supplier. However, industry representatives have come out against the restriction, claiming it will raise consumer energy bills and restrict customers’ options.
The California government has announced the goal of neutralizing its emissions by 100% by 2045. The use of natural gas represents the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the city. In 2017, the burning of natural gas accounted for about 80% of the emissions in the buildings.