SLO council passes policy to make new buildings all-electric — but gas is still an option

With an eye on its ambitious 2035 carbon neutrality target, 10 years ahead of California’s statewide goal, San Luis Obispo’s City Council passed a new energy policy Tuesday that paves the way for all-electric new buildings.

The council — voting 4-1 with Councilwoman Erica Stewart casting the sole “no” tally — heard from dozens of speakers arguing for and against the new city law.

Mayor Heidi Harmon said that the future of the planet depends on climate action, and SLO’s decision sets a worldwide example, just as its smoking ban in indoor public areas such as bars and restaurants two decades ago has had far-reaching impacts.

“This is a big night for the city of SLO and moving away from fossil fuels in general,” Harmon said. “I’m just really truly appreciating it. The reason we’re in such a jam right now is we have really little time to make this transition. We just have to know that the reason we’re in a bad position is the fossil fuel industry has been misleading us for decades.”

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SLO council passes policy to make new buildings all-electric — but gas is still an option, by Nick Wilson, The San Luis Obispo Tribune, September 3, 2019.

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