CA Becomes First State to Fully Eliminate Ratepayer Subsidies for Gas Line Extensions 

On September 15th, The California Public Utilities Commission unanimously voted to “entirely eliminate ratepayer subsidies for the extension of new gas lines beginning in July,” reports Utility Dive. The decision comes alongside a current push to decarbonize the building sector. 

CPUC Commissioner Clifford Rechtschaffen explained, at the agency’s voting meeting, that though multiple options for subsidies existed beforehand, they no longer mesh with California’s ecological goals– the state prioritizes reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Rechtschaffen emphasized that “the order does not ban new gas line connections, and that owners and developers of new buildings will still be free to install new gas hook-ups, consistent with local regulations,” says UtilityDive. 

Learn more about this groundbreaking order, what it entails, and who’s exempt.
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