San Francisco Bay area to phase out natural gas heating appliances

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(Reuters) – The San Francisco Bay area will phase out natural gas-powered furnaces and water heaters beginning in 2027 to improve local air quality and public health. It is the latest move by local officials in the United States to eliminate natural gas, a fossil fuel, from heating homes and buildings. California has been at the forefront of the effort, and the California Air Resources Board said last year it will require that all new space and water heaters have zero emissions by 2030. Eliminating natural gas appliances would mean transitioning to electric equipment such as heat pumps. In a v…

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