Regulation overload

State legislators in Albany are considering a measure to require new buildings to be all electric, with no option for fossil fuels to be used for power. Dreamstime/Tribune News Service

Legislators in Albany have grabbed the baton from their colleagues in New York City in pursuing an idea with few prospects of success.

Last year, New York City mandated that permits for new structures would only be granted if the buildings were all electric. This prohibits newly constructed residential, commercial and industrial buildings from installing gas lines or from obtaining power not from electrical sources.

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