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County supervisors want to require new developments to use electricity over gas

4-1 vote directs staff to draft ordinance; Andersen dissents, wanting to keep options open

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors officially asked staff Tuesday to craft an ordinance amending the county building code to require electricity to be the sole source of power for all new residential and non-residential (hotel, office and retail) buildings, while prohibiting the installation of natural gas piping.

The board voted 4-1, with Supervisor Candace Andersen dissenting. Andersen said she wanted to see more details on sustainability and infrastructure and believes homeowners should have more options.

"It's important they have an opportunity to weigh in," Andersen said, referring to municipal advisory councils and others in unincorporated areas.

Supervisor Federal Glover, a member of the board's sustainability committee, said having staff write the ordinance doesn't preclude more discussion of issues brought up Tuesday.

"I don't think that we need to wait in terms of having our staff go out and start to put together that ordinance that we will have to review before approval in any event," Glover said.

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Board members mentioned new state rules mandating solar for most new development, and how wildfires and a lack of water to power hydroelectric facilities could affect new laws. Other questions from supervisors included powering new development in areas like Canyon and Morgan Territory and how such an ordinance would affect remodels.

A county ordinance would affect unincorporated areas where the California Energy Commission has accepted studies demonstrating the cost effectiveness of the new requirements.

In September 2020, Contra Costa County adopted a climate emergency resolution, saying the county should require electricity over gas in new construction, saying in a staff report for Tuesday's meeting, "The built environment is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the county and in California."

The report also said the board should consider asking the county's sustainability committee for a recommendation as to whether newly constructed restaurants and industrial buildings should also be held to the same standard.

Supervisors could wait for the state to impose the same requirements into its building code, which the report says isn't likely to happen until 2025, for implementation in 2026. The next state building code update is scheduled for 2022.

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County supervisors want to require new developments to use electricity over gas

4-1 vote directs staff to draft ordinance; Andersen dissents, wanting to keep options open

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Uploaded: Tue, Aug 3, 2021, 11:10 pm

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors officially asked staff Tuesday to craft an ordinance amending the county building code to require electricity to be the sole source of power for all new residential and non-residential (hotel, office and retail) buildings, while prohibiting the installation of natural gas piping.

The board voted 4-1, with Supervisor Candace Andersen dissenting. Andersen said she wanted to see more details on sustainability and infrastructure and believes homeowners should have more options.

"It's important they have an opportunity to weigh in," Andersen said, referring to municipal advisory councils and others in unincorporated areas.

Supervisor Federal Glover, a member of the board's sustainability committee, said having staff write the ordinance doesn't preclude more discussion of issues brought up Tuesday.

"I don't think that we need to wait in terms of having our staff go out and start to put together that ordinance that we will have to review before approval in any event," Glover said.

Board members mentioned new state rules mandating solar for most new development, and how wildfires and a lack of water to power hydroelectric facilities could affect new laws. Other questions from supervisors included powering new development in areas like Canyon and Morgan Territory and how such an ordinance would affect remodels.

A county ordinance would affect unincorporated areas where the California Energy Commission has accepted studies demonstrating the cost effectiveness of the new requirements.

In September 2020, Contra Costa County adopted a climate emergency resolution, saying the county should require electricity over gas in new construction, saying in a staff report for Tuesday's meeting, "The built environment is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the county and in California."

The report also said the board should consider asking the county's sustainability committee for a recommendation as to whether newly constructed restaurants and industrial buildings should also be held to the same standard.

Supervisors could wait for the state to impose the same requirements into its building code, which the report says isn't likely to happen until 2025, for implementation in 2026. The next state building code update is scheduled for 2022.

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dand d
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Danville
on Aug 4, 2021 at 6:55 am
dand d, Danville
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on Aug 4, 2021 at 6:55 am

Supervisor Anderson votes correctly once again. PG&E continues to have problems supplying electricity during the summer and now the other four members vote to stress the system even more. What's wrong with these people?


Parent and Voter
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Danville
on Aug 4, 2021 at 8:08 am
Parent and Voter, Danville
Registered user
on Aug 4, 2021 at 8:08 am

Natural gas is an excellent source of energy but the wokeness of our Supervisors and Sacramento prevails. Individual choice is being replaced by a handful of people who make decisions for us. Just my opinion.


cathy247
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Alamo
on Aug 4, 2021 at 11:57 am
cathy247, Alamo
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on Aug 4, 2021 at 11:57 am

Good luck trying to find any chefs to run restaurants on an electric stove ????????????


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