The time to speak up is now.
Unreasonable proposals by the Governor are currently being pushed in Albany seeking to ban natural gas use in homes and businesses and requiring electrification, all but guaranteeing energy reliability shortfalls and weather-related disruptions.
It’s not too late to make your voice heard.
Join us in urging Albany lawmakers to reject any plan that fails to ensure energy affordability, reliability and safety.
The Governor has made the following budget proposals:
Ban the installation of natural gas equipment in new residential homes beginning in 2025
Ban the sale of natural gas furnaces and water heaters to existing residential homes beginning in 2030
The Honorable Kathy Hochul
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building Albany, NY 12224
These measures would require an estimated home conversion cost of $20,000–$50,000 per household, according to consultants working with the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA). This would be in addition to inevitable skyrocketing electricity costs due to greater demand and new infrastructure needs.
In addition to excessive costs, the State’s plan is almost certain to make energy more weather-dependent and less reliable, as the planned grid buildout will be accomplished almost entirely through renewable energy—primarily wind and solar. The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), the organization responsible for evaluating the state’s power grid, has issued increasingly frequent and dire warnings about the reliability of the electric grid in the context of the state’s planned energy transformation.
According to a Siena poll* of Western New Yorkers in January 2023:
believe that NYS should use both natural gas and low/no carbon fuels.
oppose phasing out natural gas and believe it should remain in NYS’s energy plan.
think we should heat homes and water with natural gas as we shift to zero carbon emissions.