Court Throws Out City's Ban on Natural Gas
The rush to electrification through natural gas bans has hit a stumbling block, as a federal appeals court on Monday struck down the city of Berkeley's ordinance. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the California Restaurant Association, which argued the ordinance preempted federal energy regulations that give the U.S. government authority to set energy-efficiency standards for appliances. The decision was unanimous, but the three judges' opinions left plenty of room for further consideration, and the ruling is expected to be appealed.