On Tuesday February 2nd, 2021, the City Council conducted a study session on Building Electrification. Following the study session, the City Council directed staff to draft an ordinance that eliminates natural gas usage in new construction. Additionally, the City Council directed staff to evaluate options to phase out and ultimately eliminate natural gas usage in existing buildings, over time.
As part of general outreach, City Staff held a workshop in collaboration with The Half Moon Bay Chamber of Commerce and Peninsula Clean Energy to discuss the Ordinance, answer questions and take comments. A recording of the video is available below.
Robust outreach for the proposed Building Electrification Ordinance will occur between June and September 2021. Information for public events will be posted here when available. Once outreach is complete, staff will prepare the Ordinance for a first reading at a future City Council meeting no earlier than September 2021.
Staff will be returning with a draft ordinance at a future City Council meeting after receiving more feedback from the community and businesses. There will be ample opportunities for public involvement and input as Reach Codes are considered.