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Failure to Pass the NY HEAT Act Puts New York’s Equitable, Affordable Transition to Clean Heating and Cooling at Risk

The New York State Capitol Building In Albany, Home Of The New York State Assembly At Night.

The New York State Capitol Building in Albany, home of the New York State Assembly at night.

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: 
Jason Brown
BDC NY Communications Manager
(917) 548-4451

Failure to Pass the NY HEAT Act
Puts New York’s Equitable, Affordable Transition to Clean Heating and Cooling at Risk

Failing to Create a Plan for Neighborhood-Scale Building Decarbonization is a Plan to Fail

New York’s Political Leadership Can Avoid a Multi-Billion Dollar Bill for
Outdated Gas Systems by Aligning Public Service Law with the State’s Climate Act 

ALBANY, N.Y. June 08, 2024 Lisa Dix, New York Director for the Building Decarbonization Coalition (BDC), provided the following statement in response to the New York State Assembly’s failure to pass the NY Home Energy Affordable Transition (HEAT) Act 

“The Building Decarbonization Coalition is disappointed in the failure to deliver New Yorkers cleaner heat and lower bills by passing the NY HEAT Act. We appreciate the New York State Senate’s commitment to fighting for this measure until the final hour.

The Governor and the Assembly have put New Yorkers at risk of facing massive energy bills resulting from utilities continuing to waste tens of billions of dollars replacing and maintaining the state’s outdated gas distribution assets over the coming years. Their failure to plan for a managed, phased, and equitable transition to clean heat and cooling is a plan to fail.  

The building decarbonization movement in New York is growing, and will not stop until the legislature passes NY HEAT. This must be a top priority for leadership to deliver more energy affordability to New York families, drive the union-led construction and operation of neighborhood-scale clean heating and cooling projects, and make it easier for us to cost-effectively achieve the climate emission reduction goals mandated by New York’s Climate Act.”


The Building Decarbonization Coalition (BDC) aligns critical stakeholders on a path to transform the nation’s buildings through clean energy, using policy, research, market development, and public engagement. The BDC and its members are charting the course to eliminate fossil fuels in buildings to improve people’s health, cut climate and air pollution, prioritize high-road jobs, and ensure that our communities are more resilient to the impacts of climate change. Learn more at