New York passes first-in-nation ban on gas stoves in new homes, apartments

May 4, 2023

New York is about to become the first state in America to ban gas stoves in new homes and apartments, reports The Wall Street Journal.

The Democratic-controlled state Legislature passed a bill late on Tuesday, May 2, that prohibits natural-gas and other fossil-fuel hookups in new residential buildings and some new commercial buildings. Governor Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, is expected to approve the measure, which was included in the state’s budget.

The measure aims to help the state meet targets for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. It would prohibit other gas-powered appliances—such as water heaters, furnaces, and clothes dryers—in new residential buildings, in addition to banning gas stoves in new homes.

“Changing the ways we make and use energy to decrease our reliance on fossil fuels will help ensure a healthier environment for us and our children,” said Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, a Democrat.

The measure would go into effect in 2026 for buildings seven stories and under and in 2029 for taller buildings. 

The legislation doesn’t cover gas-powered appliances in existing homes and commercial spaces. New commercial buildings must comply, including office buildings, but some properties were granted exceptions to the ban. Those include commercial kitchens, hospitals, crematoriums, laboratories, and laundromats.

The future of gas stoves became a flashpoint in January after the publication of a news report that said the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission was considering a ban because of indoor-air health concerns. Some Republicans objected, saying it would be overly restrictive and costly.

The White House has said that President Biden does not support a gas-stove ban.

Supporters say the New York ban on new natural-gas hookups would help the state meet its goals under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which passed in 2019. The plan calls for cutting greenhouse-gas emissions by 40% by 2030 and 85% by 2050 from 1990 levels. That law also requires the state to get its electricity from carbon-free sources like wind and solar by 2040.

Environmental groups cheered passage of the measure but said the law didn’t go into effect soon enough, making it harder to hit greenhouse-gas emission-reduction benchmarks.

Research contact: @WSJ