The Howard County Council has passed legislation mandating the construction of all-electric buildings in the county. The measure, which passed with a unanimous vote, seeks to reduce the county’s carbon footprint and promote environmental sustainability.
The legislation requires all new construction in the county to be built without natural gas lines. This includes both commercial and residential buildings. The measure also encourages the installation of energy-efficient electric appliances and encourages the use of renewable energy sources.
The move is part of a larger effort by the county to reduce its carbon emissions. County officials estimate that all-electric buildings could reduce emissions by up to 70 percent.
The legislation also provides incentives for builders and developers to use renewable energy sources. These incentives include tax credits, low-interest loans, and other incentives. The county also plans to create a “Green Building Fund” to help finance projects that promote sustainability and reduce emissions.
The passage of the bill is being hailed as a major step forward in the county’s commitment to sustainability. County Executive Calvin Ball praised the measure, saying it would help reduce emissions and create a healthier environment for all of the county’s residents.
“This is an important step forward in our efforts to create a healthier and more sustainable Howard County,” said Ball. “We must continue to take bold steps to reduce our carbon footprint and promote environmental sustainability.”
The measure is set to become law in 30 days.