San Francisco Chronicle sfchronicle.com 04 May, 2021 23:45 am

S.F. wants to ban gas in all buildings. But moving to electric could cost up to $5.9 billion

S.F. wants to ban gas in all buildings. But moving to electric could cost up to $5.9 billion
Electrifying more than 240,000 gas-powered housing units in San Francisco could cost...

2 12 Carlos Avila Gonzalez / The Chronicle 2020 San Francisco wants to ban gas appliances and electrify buildings to make a difference in fighting climate change.Electrifying more than 240,000 gas-powered housing units in San Francisco could cost between $3.” San Francisco set a goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and California mandates a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.Natural gas in buildings — mostly water heaters, furnaces, ovens and stoves — currently accounts for 38% of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to the San Francisco Department of the Environment.

“Quite honestly, it would not be possible or feasible to mandate a retrofit of this magnitude,” Charley Goss, Government and Community Affairs Manager at the San Francisco Apartment Association, said in an emailed statement.San Francisco could choose to fund a retrofit program, the report suggested.

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