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1. SF Bans NGas in New City Buildings
2. Cuomo: Make Fracking Ban “Permanent”
3. Massachusetts: Pipes or Wires?
4. Career Corner

1. SF Bans Natural Gas in New City Buildings

Mallory Moench of the San Francisco Chronicle (Jan. 19, 2020) reports:

San Francisco's Board of Supervisors has voted unanimously to ban gas appliances in new and significantly renovated city buildings. It's just the beginning, officials say: The board also passed a law to give incentives for all-electric construction, paving the way for a possible gas ban in all new buildings this year.
Thanks to Jonathan Tham from PSEG-Long Island for this tip.

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2. Cuomo: Make Fracking Ban “Permanent”

The Democrat & Chronicle's Jon Campbell reports:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to make New York's ban on hydraulic fracturing ["fracking"] harder to overturn.

Cuomo, a Democrat, pledged support Tuesday for making the state's fracking ban [link removed because it is behind a paywall] "permanent," meaning it would be set in law and require the legislature to overturn it.

As it stands, the state's ban is held in place by the Department of Environmental Conservation, which oversees gas drilling in New York and is run by a Cuomo appointee. It could easily be overturned by a future governor without lawmakers' approval.
Thanks to Politico New York Energy reporter Marie French's retweet of Susan Arbetter for this tip.

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3. Massachusetts: Pipes or Wires?

Audrey Schulman, the co-executive director of HEET in Massachusetts, wrote a guest article on the Rocky Mountain Institute website. Audrey championed the Energy Shift Pilot Project, an eLab Accelerator Teams project at e-Lab Accelerator 2019. She writes:

After the 2018 explosions in the Merrimack Valley, it has become a community priority to replace gas with other viable heating sources in Massachusetts. Audrey's team explored the business viability of transitioning communities to utility-owned and -operated renewable geothermal district systems. The detailed implementation plans advanced significantly while the team was at Accelerator, and HEET is currently working with utilities on multiple pilot project proposals...

We want to embrace a vision of a future where all the energy for our buildings comes from renewables. We imagine vast fields of solar panels and wind turbines glittering in the sun, all our energy delivered through wires, our electric companies transforming into renewable electricity companies.
And, on a related note, Massachusetts is following New York's lead with a net-zero emissions goal for 2050. Thanks to Politico New York Energy (2020 01 24) for this last news item.

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