Albany Advocacy Day: NY HEAT Act

Join WE ACT and Better Buildings New York, a statewide coalition working to reduce building emissions, as we head to Albany on March 13 to lobby for the New York Home Energy Affordable Transition (NY HEAT) Act. We will be taking a bus up to Albany and scheduling meetings with key state legislators to make sure we get this bill over the finish line. It passed the Senate last year, and we now have more than 76 sponsors in the Assembly, so we are close. Help us convince a few more legislators as well as Governor Kathy Hochul to support the NY HEAT Act! RSVP

What is the NY HEAT Act?
Low- and middle-income households are the most impacted by volatile gas prices and high energy bills, paying three times more of their income on energy bills than non-low income households. Low-income residents of New York City spend a staggering median of 9.3 percent of their household income on their energy bills. The NY HEAT Act (S.2016A/A.4592A) would cap energy bills at 6 percent of household income for these families, saving them up to $75 per month. On top of these savings, the NY HEAT Act gets rid of the unfair 100-foot rule, which forces New Yorkers like you to pay for subsidized gas hookups for new customers to the tune of $200 million every year. Plus, it could redirect up to $150 billion by enabling neighborhood-scale electrification projects, money that would otherwise be spent replacing old gas pipes with new gas infrastructure that will become obsolete well before it’s paid off by ratepayers. In fact, a new report from the Building Decarbonization Coalition shows that as New York electrifies, families who are left behind on the gas system could see their gas bills rise by thousands of dollars if we don’t pass NY HEAT. This legislation will lay the legal and regulatory foundation for an affordable transition off fossil/methane gas, reducing air pollution and the emissions that fuel the climate crisis – both of which disproportionately harm our communities.

How Can I Help?
Spend the day with our staff and colleagues as we take a bus (which is free to you, along with lunch) up to Albany. We’re still waiting to finalize the exact time and location of the bus pick-up and drop-off. In the meantime, feel free to watch this brief video showing what you can expect on one of our Albany trips.

Once we arrive in Albany, you will meet with your lobby team leader and review the key talking points about the bill and the plan for the day – along with any questions you may have. And once we’re all prepped, we will then split up in teams to meet with legislators and their staff to discuss the importance of passing the NY HEAT Act.

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