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Supes to weigh ordinance banning gas in new developments

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider creating an ordinance requiring electricity become the sole power source for all new residential and hotels, offices, and retail buildings in the county.

The ordinance would prohibit the installation of natural gas piping in those buildings.

The board explored the new rules back in August, voting 4-1 to ask staff to work on the new rules. District 2 supervisor Candace Andersen dissented, saying she wanted to hear more input from local officials before moving forward.

Board members said new state rules mandate solar for most new development and mentioned how wildfires and a lack of water to power hydroelectric facilities during droughts could affect new laws.

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

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The 2019 California Energy Code allows local jurisdictions to establish stricter building codes if that local authority finds it necessary because of local climate, geological, topographical, or environmental conditions.

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

The ordinance wouldn't apply to future developments already approved before the new law is enacted. The ordinance also wouldn't prohibit emergency backup power sources, like generators, that run on fossil fuel sources.

The new law would have to be approved by the California Energy Commission before being enacted. Staff is recommending the county approve the proposal with an operating date of July 1, 2022.

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Supes to weigh ordinance banning gas in new developments

by Tony Hicks / Bay City News Service

Uploaded: Sun, Jan 16, 2022, 6:20 pm

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider creating an ordinance requiring electricity become the sole power source for all new residential and hotels, offices, and retail buildings in the county.

The ordinance would prohibit the installation of natural gas piping in those buildings.

The board explored the new rules back in August, voting 4-1 to ask staff to work on the new rules. District 2 supervisor Candace Andersen dissented, saying she wanted to hear more input from local officials before moving forward.

Board members said new state rules mandate solar for most new development and mentioned how wildfires and a lack of water to power hydroelectric facilities during droughts could affect new laws.

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

The 2019 California Energy Code allows local jurisdictions to establish stricter building codes if that local authority finds it necessary because of local climate, geological, topographical, or environmental conditions.

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

The ordinance wouldn't apply to future developments already approved before the new law is enacted. The ordinance also wouldn't prohibit emergency backup power sources, like generators, that run on fossil fuel sources.

The new law would have to be approved by the California Energy Commission before being enacted. Staff is recommending the county approve the proposal with an operating date of July 1, 2022.

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ddmom
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San Ramon
on Jan 17, 2022 at 8:19 am
ddmom, San Ramon
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on Jan 17, 2022 at 8:19 am

This is a ridiculous idea. We already have an electricity shortage and I've had my electricity shut off many times. How will all this new construction function with no electricity? Not to mention, how will the owners of the new homes afford the PG&E bills with an all electric home? I continue to read how we need to build more and more homes, but nothing about the water and electricity shortages and how we are going to provide these 2 vital elements to all this new construction.


Maskedman
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San Ramon
on Jan 17, 2022 at 9:53 am
Maskedman, San Ramon
Registered user
on Jan 17, 2022 at 9:53 am

Get ready for more brown outs.


Paul Clark
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Danville
on Jan 21, 2022 at 11:25 am
Paul Clark, Danville
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on Jan 21, 2022 at 11:25 am

If we had any sense, we would vote ALL the current County Supervisors out of office! Most of them have been in office for decades, and they seemingly don't ever take a look around at what is happening in our county, and for that matter the State. They operate without any thought to the realities of daily life here today. It's "global warming" uber alles with them. Insofar as electricity is concerned, we have shuttered all but one or two nuclear plants, we haven't done anything positive with respect to expanding our hydropower capabilities (and in point of fact we have "save the fish nuts" who want to actually take down some of our dams). We want to get rid of gasoline engine-powered transportation, and replace it with electric vehicles when 1. we do not have the power grid infrastructure to support them, and 2. we completely ignore the looming costs associated with the disposal of the batteries they utilize
(ditto for all these "green" solar panels on our roofs). Our elected officials are among the least-educated of our citizens, and yet we blindly return them to office for decades. As they say, "you get the government you vote for," and all I can see is that is sadly the case here. It's already here in California: Not Enough Water, No Natural Gas, Not Enough Electricity!


Kjgamble
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San Ramon
on Jan 26, 2022 at 8:13 am
Kjgamble, San Ramon
Registered user
on Jan 26, 2022 at 8:13 am

Bravo Paul Clark! You said it all so perfectly and with factual back up. Niyyyyyce!


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