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Berkeley Phases Out Natural Gas in New Buildings

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Berkeley’s City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to phase out natural gas hookups in new residential constructions, beginning January 1, 2020. The first-in-the-nation ordinance encompasses single-family homes, town homes and low-rise apartment buildings. The ban will extend to commercial buildings, including restaurants and hotels, once the California Energy Commission issues approvals. We’ll talk about what the rule means for homeowners, developers, utilities and the environment.


Lauren Sommer, reporter, KQED Science

Panama Bartholomy, director, Building Decarbonization Coalition

Jonathan Switalski, executive director, Californians for Balanced Energy Solutions


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