skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Saturday, July 13, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

VA law prevents utility shutoffs in extreme circumstances; MI construction industry responds to a high number of worker suicides; 500,000 still without power or water in the Houston area; KY experts: Children, and babies at higher risk for heat illness.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

The House passes the SAVE Act, but fails to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in inherent contempt of Congress, and a proposed federal budget could doom much-needed public services.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Enticing remote workers to move is a new business strategy in rural America, Eastern Kentucky preservationists want to save the 20th century home of a trailblazing coal miner, and a rule change could help small meat and poultry growers and consumers.

NY Bans Use of Natural Gas, Fossil Fuels in New Buildings

play audio
Play

Friday, May 5, 2023   

The state of New York has passed a first-in-the-nation law banning the use of natural gas and other fossil fuel-powered systems in new buildings.

The law, which was approved as part of the state's budget, requires all-electric cooking and heating in new buildings less than seven stories tall by 2026, and in 2029 for taller buildings. The cutoff for fossil fuel-powered systems in new buildings is the end of this year - or July 1, 2027, for taller buildings.

Beyond the environmental benefits, Andy Frank, president and co-founder of the climate-technology company Sealed, described other impacts this law is expected to have.

"The biggest impact of electrification is really around quality of life of the homeowner or of the building occupants," he said. "So, with homes and businesses that are heated and cooled by heat pumps, for example, [they] tend to be much more comfortable, as well as healthier and safer."

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, gas stoves are known to give off nitrogen dioxide. It can worsen asthma for some people, cause reduced lung function in those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD, and increase risk of respiratory infections, particularly in young children.

Other environmental laws and initiatives also are part of the state budget - such as the Build Public Renewables Act, which requires that all state-owned properties receiving power from the New York Power Authority run on renewable energy by 2030. However, Frank noted that other bills not included in the budget might still be approved.

"There's also legislation that did not make it into this budget, called the New York HEAT Act - but that may be introduced in the future - which would essentially apply the same principles of increasing performance standards and phasing in electrification for existing buildings," he said.

He added that the HEAT Act would have helped ensure lower-income households could afford the changes. The bill also gave the Public Service Commission authority to keep utility companies in line with the state's climate goals.


get more stories like this via email
more stories
North Carolina has received more than 105,000 contacts to its 988 system via call, chat and text in the past 12 months. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

play sound

North Carolina must increase its crisis response capacity for long-term success, according to a new report by the mental-health policy group …


Health and Wellness

play sound

In response to an alarmingly high number of suicides among construction workers, Michigan's construction leaders have taken measures to tackle mental …

Environment

play sound

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is awarding $271,000 in grants for environmental education projects across the state. The programs will …


Organizers say the Swingman Classic is the closest a modern-day fan can get to the historic Negro Leagues. (Danny Hooks/Adobe Stock)

play sound

Major League Baseball's All-Star week kicks off tonight at Globe Life Field in Arlington with the Swingman Classic featuring 50 student athletes from …

Health and Wellness

play sound

New York doctors are advising people how to stay healthy in the summer heat. Temperatures across the state will reach the high 80s and mid-90s in …

Along with extreme temperatures and public health-related states of emergency, a new Virginia law prevents utility shutoffs on Fridays, weekends and the day before or during state holidays. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

A new Virginia law protects residents from utility shutoffs in extreme weather. The law prevents utility company shutoffs when temperatures are at …

Social Issues

play sound

Minnesotans this month have a chance to share their thoughts on how the state should distribute home energy rebates. With federal incentives coming …

Social Issues

play sound

New Mexico teachers educating young people about climate change don't want them to feel hopeless - and they've developed an educational curriculum to …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021