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Attend the Air District Meeting to Support Pollution-Free Electric Appliances

March 15, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

o cut lung-damaging air pollution from gas appliances in homes, on March 15th regulators at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District will vote on a first-in-the-nation standard that will begin phasing out the sale of polluting heating appliances later this decade. The new standard would have major implications for regional air quality and public health, particularly for communities of color and low-income communities living on the frontlines of the Bay Area’s air quality crisis.

The standard will apply when a consumer would already be replacing a burned-out appliance — it wouldn’t require anyone to remove working appliances. Analysis by SPUR finds that low-income households could actually save money by replacing defunct gas appliances with electric alternatives. This is in addition to operational cost savings of about $120 per year for single-family homes in PG&E territory. But because the rules threaten fossil fuel interests, the gas industry is lobbying hard to stop these rules from passing. That means we need supporters to turn out in force at the vote and tell the Board that we are ready for a transition to clean electric appliances.

When you RSVP here, we’ll make sure you get our comment guide and the most up-to-date information. If you can make it to San Francisco on March 15th, in-person attendance is highly encouraged. We expect the gas industry to try to pack the room and we need to make our presence felt. If you are not comfortable speaking, we still hope you will show up wearing blue to show your support and witness this historic vote! And if you can’t be there in person, we still need you! There will be a Zoom link to attend and testify virtually.

Check out our public comment guide and talking points here.

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