Debate on All-Electric New Buildings in California Is Coming to a Head

By [email protected] California’s shift toward ending natural gas use in new buildings is reaching a decision point.

This week, the California Energy Commission held its latest workshop on updating the state’s Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, which will set the energy baselines builders must adhere to in new construction from 2023 onward.

Amid the complexities of this process, a key point of contention has emerged: whether the CEC should retain baseline methodologies that make room for natural gas in new buildings or switch to baselines that strongly encourage all-electric buildings.

Environmental and clean energy groups say the latter choice is critical

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