Arizona’s governor in the following days is predicted to sign into law a bill that will ban local governments from discouraging natural gas as an energy source in new constructions.
The step, supported by business and utility interests, comes as a growing number of cities in neighboring California have voted to move toward electrifying their building industries and scale back reliance on natural gas, a fossil fuel that adds to climate change.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, a Republican, is anticipated to sign the bill, which says a metropolis or town could not impose a fine or penalty that may prohibit a utility’s ability to serve prospects.
The bill was endorsed by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, gas utility Southwest Gas Holdings, in addition to retail and restaurant trade organizations. It passed the state’s legislature last week and was acquired by the governor’s office Tuesday.
In a letter to Ducey urging him to approve the bill, Arizona Chamber of Commerce Prez Glenn Hamer stated: “irresponsible native policies that restrict or cut back energy options may undermine the state’s economic competitiveness.”
The laws were opposed by a few of the state’s greatest cities, such as Phoenix and Tucson, in addition to environmental organizations like the League of Conservation Voters and Sierra Club.
In an announcement, LCV’s Arizona affiliate, Chispa AZ, stated the bill was “an undermining of native authorities to make choices about their own government’s requirements and priorities and silences the voice of local communities.”
In July 2019, the Northern California city of Berkeley introduced a wave of municipal attempts to electrify their building industries by balling natural gas in new apartments. Since then, over 20 different California cities have adopted suit with similar ordinances.