CAPITAL REGION, NY (WRGB) — Comments from Governor Kathy Hochul (D- NY) this week have New Yorkers up in arms about their gas stoves. It was these remarks that really turned up the heat.
“Buildings are the largest driver of greenhouse emissions in our state accounting for 1/3 of greenhouse gas pollution, it also causes asthma and is a danger to our kids,” Hochul said. “I am proposing a plan to end the sale of new fossil powered heating equipment by 2030, by calling for all new construction to zero emissions starting in 2025 for small buildings, and 2028 for large buildings,” Hochul said Tuesday during her State of the State address.
Hochul didn't outright say she was going to ban gas stoves, but one of her policies will actually do more than that. She wants to end the sale of gas-burning appliances for newly constructed homes starting in 2025, that applies to gas stoves, gas dryers, and more.
Friday, a representative for Governor Hochul's office responded to our questions asking for more clarity on all of this, writing, "The equipment phase out proposal would not apply to gas stoves."
What that means, if you have gas appliances in your existing home you'll get to keep using them. The new proposal would apply to new construction starting in two years and the spokesperson writes, "Potential exemptions will be determined by regulatory processes.”
A spokesperson clarified that New Yorkers will still be able to purchase a gas stove to replace one if it breaks after 2030 due to the exemption. The spokesperson clarified, “The proposal only prohibits the sale of any new fossil fuel heating equipment, which does not include dryers.”
In terms of the phase-out happening by 2030, Hochul’s office defined “new fossil powered heating equipment” as “the combustion of fossil fuels that occur at or in a building, as is common in oil, propane, or natural gas heating systems.”