Berkeley, CA is looking to make strides in the clean energy business. Currently, Berkeley is the only city in the United States that has implemented a ban of Natural Gas in residential and low-rise construction. This natural gas ban is falling in line with the current west coast trend to cut down on fossil fuel dependencies. According to Berkeley City Council member, Kate Harrison, natural gas accounts for 27% of the greenhouse gas emissions.
During the construction process, the upfront costs associated with electric heating are thought to be lower than the costs associated with natural gas heating. The difference can be as much as $1,500. California passed a law mandating all electricity need to come from carbon free sources by the year 2045. Ironically, it is not the heating aspect that has potential consumers concerned, but the cooking element. Many consumers are not satisfied with the thought of having to alter their cooking methods to an electric stove top. Generally speaking the electric stove tops are of slightly higher costs.
Hawaii, Colorado, and Maine are all pursuing carbon neutral goals, while several more states are considering the pursuit of carbon neutral energy. The American Gas Association (AGA) has some reservations about the prospect of electric taking over for natural gas. A study released by the AGA revealed that homes would pay somewhere between $750 and $1,000 more annually, in addition to the added expenses of appliances.