Tell Albany to Protect Consumer Energy Choice

Posted March 10, 2021

Dear NYSPHCC Members: 

The natural gas moratorium that occurred in 2019 in downstate New York was not an isolated incident but merely a footnote in the prolonged effort to eliminate natural gas as an energy source. This effort is part of a broader vision by environmentalists to shift the energy grid to 100% electricity powered by a combination of windmills, solar farms, renewable energy and nuclear power. The goal is to achieve a carbon-free energy grid by 2035, and zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. 

While there is little doubt plumbing and HVAC contractors will be negatively impacted by this effort to eliminate natural gas, our customers will bear the brunt of this effort. It risks putting undue stress on electric grids as households shift to 100% electricity, limits consumer choice for their energy needs, and increases costs for consumers by forcing them to retrofit their homes with costly new equipment.

This trend started in California, where nearly two-dozen municipalities across the state voted to eliminate natural gas installations in new construction, with several more going as far as considering the elimination of natural gas in existing structures. New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio is jumping on this bandwagon by joining the growing list of cities banning the use of natural gas in new construction by 2030, possibly setting a trend for other local governments in the Empire State to follow suit. 

It doesn’t have to be that way. Contact your state legislators and Governor Cuomo, and tell them that you support consumer choice and a diversified energy portfolio that includes the use of clean burning natural gas. Natural gas is not just an industry preference; 70% of Americans including New Yorkers prefer natural gas to heat their homes, cook their food, and save money on energy bills in a state where electricity rates are some of the highest in the country. 

Click the link below to tell policymakers in Albany that New Yorkers deserve a choice when it comes to their energy needs.