Albany Advocacy Day: Pass the NY HEAT Act

Join us on Tuesday, January 23 for our first Albany Advocacy Day of the year, which will focus on passing 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 70 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 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. Once we arrive, you will meet with your lobby team leader and discuss key talking points about the bill and the plan for the day – along with any questions you may have – over free coffee and bagels. Once we’re all prepped, we will have a rally on the Million Dollar Staircase in the State Capitol Building, followed by a complimentary lunch. And then we’ll spend the rest of the afternoon meeting with legislators and their staff to discuss the importance of passing NY HEAT. Come help us reduce energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions!


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