In a major step toward eventual electrification, the California Energy Commission (CEC) on Wednesday proposed limiting the use of natural gas in new and remodeled buildings beginning in 2023.

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The standards still need approval by the California Building Standards Commission, which is scheduled to take up the issue in December.

“The impact of climate change is accelerating, bringing an even greater need for buildings that are comfortable, efficient and resilient,” said CEC spokesperson Amber Beck. “Each updated code guides the construction of buildings to better withstand extreme weather, lower energy costs, and reduce climate and air pollution.”

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