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The time to speak up is now.
Governor Hochul’s new proposal, the Affordable Gas Transition Act, would provide the Public Service Commission with the authority to discontinue natural gas service across entire neighborhoods, requiring existing residential and commercial customers to convert appliances and equipment in homes and businesses from gas to electric. Removing your right to continued natural gas service is unacceptable. We deserve better. And we deserve a choice.

Tell Governor Hochul:
Energy choice matters.

Protect reliability.
Reduce emissions responsibly.

It’s not too late to make your voice heard.
Tell Governor Hochul and Albany policymakers to reject any plan that removes your right to continued natural gas service.

Tell Governor Hochul – Energy choice matters. Pursue emissions reductions responsibly with a focus on reliability.

The push toward electrifying everything demands everyone’s attention.

Policies currently being debated in Albany, including the NY HEAT Act as well as the Affordable Gas Transition Act, could impact how Western New Yorkers live – and how employers power their operations.

If Albany requires us to heat our houses with electricity alone, such a transition could mean significant costs for consumers. This would include the cost of converting your home from gas to electric, which is estimated at $20,000 - $50,000 per household, not to mention the sizable expense for the electric grid buildout and substantial upgrades required for local electricity transmission and delivery systems.

But reliability might be an even greater concern. The push to replace natural gas service in homes and businesses in favor of electricity will require substantial upgrades to our grid infrastructure, as well as an unprecedented increase in renewable power generation. The push to electrify everything ahead of grid readiness is at best premature, and almost certain to make energy even more weather-sensitive and less reliable.

Simply put, we’re headed down the wrong path.

Overwhelming Public Opposition to Gas Bans

According to a Siena poll of Western New Yorkers in January 2023:

87%

believe that NYS should use both natural gas and low/no carbon fuels.

77%

oppose phasing out natural gas and believe it should remain in NYS’s energy plan.

77%

think we should heat homes and water with natural gas as we shift to zero carbon emissions.

*Source: Siena College Research Institute poll for New Yorkers for Affordable Energy, fielded January 2023

We believe the best emissions reduction pathway is the one that provides both environmental and economic sustainability, achieving the Climate Act’s targets while providing energy delivery system resiliency, integrity, and reliability, and offering options for more affordable carbon reduction measures.

Review the full overview of our filed Long-Term Plan

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