BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A couple of companion bills have been introduced in the New York State Senate and Assembly in an effort to make construction a bit more eco-friendly.

The goal of Senate Bill S6843B and Assembly Bill A8431A is to establish the “all-electric building act,” according to the New York State Senate.

If these bills become laws, no city, town or village would be allowed to issue a permit to build a new structure unless that building is all-electric. This would apply to all permit applications submitted starting in 2024.

According to the bills, there would be “certain circumstances” that would allow some projects to utilize other sources of energy. An all-electric building could prove difficult in some cases, and according to the Senate bill, waivers for gas fixtures in limited areas could be issued.

National Grid, when asked about the bills, said the company “shares New York’s goal for economy-wide decarbonization and believes that all pathways to a decarbonized future should be examined.”

“We recently announced the progress we’re making with our own decarbonization plan to transform our networks to deliver smarter, cleaner and more resilient affordable energy solutions. 

We’ve made great strides in our efforts to improve energy efficiency, integrate clean energy resources and reduce carbon emissions across our service area and we’ll continue to work with stakeholders to ensure a fair and equitable energy future for all.”

National Grid

In the Senate, the bill was sponsored by Democrat Brian Kavanagh (NY-26). Since its introduction, it’s been sent to the Finance Committee.

Regarding the Assembly companion bill, that is also in committee.

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