In December 2021, NYC signed into law a ban on natural gas and other combustion fuels in most new buildings. The natural gas ban (Local Law 154 of 2021) will take effect in December 2023 for buildings under seven stories and in 2027 for buildings greater than seven stories. Under the law, construction projects submitted for approval after 2027 must use sources like electricity for stoves, space heaters and water boilers instead of gas or oil.
Most buildings run on multiple fuels. They use electricity to power lights, HVAC and electronic devices and they consume fossil fuels such as natural gas or oil to power furnaces, boilers, and water heaters.