California plans to phase out new natural gas furnaces and heaters by 2030 after a proposal from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) was passed, making it the first US state to take such action.
The proposal, included in the 2022 State Implementation Plan (SIP) strategy, is to combat nitrogen oxide pollution in the state – homes and buildings generate four times more ozone than all of California’s gas-fired power plants combined.
However, the plan will cost about $96.2 billion to maintain and new homeowners will have to pay for expensive electrical options in the future.
The report comes just a month after California announced a ban on the sale of new gas-powered cars.
The ban means all new homes and buildings will no longer have gas-fired ovens and stoves
CARB Chair Liane Randolph said in a statement: “While this strategy will clean the air for all Californians, it will also lead to reduced emissions in the many low-income and underserved communities that are experiencing increased levels of persistent air pollution.
But to truly meet the ozone standard, California needs more federal action to clean up harmful diesel pollution from mostly federally controlled sources, from locomotives and ocean-going vessels to airplanes, all of which are concentrated in communities that still bear the brunt of poor air quality.
“We simply can’t provide Californians with clean air without the federal government doing its part.”
The new ban is part of the California government’s climate action action by Gavin Newson that aims to comply with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations to limit atmospheric ozone to 70 parts per billion – 21 million people in the United States. the state exceed this standard.
The proposal, included in the 2022 State Implementation Plan (SIP) strategy, is to combat nitrogen oxide pollution in the state – homes and buildings generate four times more ozone than all California’s gas-fired power plants combined.
And a majority of these people live in low-income and underserved communities that are also typically more exposed to diesel exhaust and other toxic air pollutants compared to surrounding areas.
There are 19 areas in the state that are considered unreached for the EPA ozone standard, including the only two extreme areas in the US, the South Coast Air Basin and the San Joaquin Valley.
CARB projects that the 2022 State SIP Strategy will achieve more than 200 tons per day of NOx and 40 tons per day of reactive organic gases (ROG) statewide emission reductions by 2037.
Much of these reductions will take place in and around communities near major roads and ports, airports and warehouses, delivering significant health benefits.
However, this ban comes with a large price tag. The cost of the state’s SIP strategy in 2022 is estimated at $96.2 billion.
This includes $33.8 billion in CARB measures and $62.3 billion in measures requiring federal action between 2023 and 2037 at an annual cost of $8.8 billion.
This ban comes less than a month from a new bill that requires 100 percent of retail electricity sales to be from low-carbon sources by 2045, but the new bill means the additional $3.2 billion in costs will fall on the 27 million taxpayers. of the state.
Assembly Act 1020 contains annual quotas to be met, the first being that 50 percent of all electricity sold must be renewable by December 31, 2026 and at least 60 percent four years later.
According to the California Globe those who passed the bill “ignored” the additional cost to the Ministry of Water Resources to build infrastructure and ensure accessibility, which is now the responsibility of residents using 29 public water services from the agency.
And in the same month, California banned the sale of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035.
On August 25, California became the first in the world to enforce the ban.
Automakers are now required to reduce the number of gas guzzlers they sell to meet the plan’s first quota, which states that 35 percent of new cars, SUVs and small pickup trucks sold in California by 2026 will be zero-emission vehicles.
The quota will increase every two years, by 51 percent in 2028, 68 percent in 2030, and then 100 percent of all new vehicles sold must run on batteries five years later – 20 percent of these vehicles sold could be hybrid plug-ins.
However, like Assembly Bill 1020, there are several obstacles that state officials must address to ensure that the gas ban on new cars is reasonable for all Californians, such as incentives for consumers to buy expensive EVs and millions of additional charging systems.