News Release: April 17, 2023
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit overturned a federal court’s decision that had upheld a Berkeley gas ban for new buildings. According to the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) President Stephen Kaminski “this victory is nothing short of monumental for the gas industry.”
The lawsuit was initiated by the California Restaurant Association who claimed the regulation violated federal law that gives the U.S. government authority to set energy-efficiency standards for appliances such as stoves, furnaces and water heaters.
The 3-0 Ninth Circuit ruling specified a local ordinance that bans appliances such as gas stoves “impacts the quantity of energy” they consume, which is regulated by the federal government.
The Biden administration said earlier this year that there are no plans for a nationwide ban on gas stoves.