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Encinitas Bans Natural Gas For New Construction

Cars cruise beneath the Encinitas sign on South Coast Highway, 2013
Katie Schoolov
Cars cruise beneath the Encinitas sign on South Coast Highway, 2013

The city of Encinitas is the first city in San Diego County to go natural gas free.

A vote by the City Council last week bans the use of natural gas hookups in most new construction, from commercial buildings to granny flats. Leaders say the building electrification ordinance is part of the city’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gases, but critics say the move is a political ploy that won’t do much to impact climate change.

San Diego Union-Tribune energy reporter Rob Nikolewski spoke with KPBS Midday Edition on Monday about his recent report on the decision.