Coming to a building near you!
Tuesday night our earth-lovin city council approved (4 to 1) the Clean Choice Energy Program that will slash pollution and make our homes safer by encouraging new buildings to be all-electric in addition to the state mandates of solar panels & extra efficiency. Developers who don’t wanna play all-electric ball will either pay a fee or have to off-set their carbon footprint by removing gas from elsewhere. Older buildings (i.e. the one you live in) will by next year be eligible for incentives to remove gas appliances using, you guessed it, the fees paid by the new gas-filled buildings.
Buildings account for 30% of the carbon emissions in SLO, second only to cars. As San Luis aims to be carbon neutral by 2035 – the most ambitious climate action target in the nation – these new building regulations are a huge step in the right direction. To make this clean energy pie even sweeter, SLO will begin receiving cheaper carbon-free electricity in January 2020, thanks to its partnership with Monterey Bay Community Power. Worried you’ll miss the burnt tortilla fingers provided by your current gas stove? Rent a not-yo-mama’s electric induction burner from the city library here.