Last week was Climate Week in New York but they started early by advancing decarbonized buildings law. On Thursday, September 14th, New York regulators started new measures to expand the construction of buildings for a lower carbon footprint.

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It's called the "Utility Thermal Energy Network and Jobs Act" and is meant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The network is meant to provide an energy source that is an alternative to burning natural gas for heating and cooling needs.

New York States Public Service Commission has begun a bunch of provisions to reduce the state's use of fossil fuels for the coming years. This is their way of moving toward cleaner and more renewable forms of energy.

Governor Kathy Hochul says that buildings are the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the state and accounts for almost 1/3 of overall emissions. She hopes this law will reduce climate change emissions and make for a greener and healthier place to live and work in New York.

Utility Thermal Energy Network and Jobs Act

Utility providers have to submit up to five proposals for the thermal network pilot programs for regulators to review. One of the projects must be in a disadvantaged community within their service territory.

The commission is creating a panel to help the utilities make pilot project proposals for submission and review. The intent is to give customers more choices for their heating needs and the utility companies will be in alignment with New York's ambitious climate and energy goals.

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