Brookline Town Meeting is scheduled to vote tonight on an article that would ban many new gas hookups and oil-fired boilers in the city.

Under the bylaw proposed by 11 town meeting members heat, hot water and appliances installed in new buildings or major renovations would have to be all-electric. The bylaw provides for exemptions, including fuel pipelines for backup generators, in situations where electric is not practical or cost effective.

WBUR first reported the proposal. National Grid is opposed to the measure, but there has so far been little vocal opposition in town, the station reports.

The rationale, petitioners write in their proposal, is simple: gas heating and appliances account for between 60 and 70 percent of the town’s carbon emissions, according to a town analysis of 2008 data.

“In its Climate Action Plan, Brookline has committed to reducing its carbon emissions to zero by 2050. Every new building constructed with fossil fuel infrastructure makes this goal harder to achieve, by lighting a new fire that will burn, on and off, for 30 years or more,” the proposal states.

The petitioners point to the efficiency of new electric-only appliances like heat pumps and induction cooktops, stating technology now offers acceptable alternatives to fossil fuel-powered equipment.

Brookline Could Ban Gas Service in New Buildings, Gut Rehabs

by Banker & Tradesman time to read: 1 min