To Our Customers and Neighbors,
Recently, in a 5 to 3 vote, the Eugene City Council passed a ban on the use of natural gas in new homes, eliminating energy choice despite consistent polling that shows 70% of Eugene voters are opposed to this action. By being unwilling to put this issue out for a public vote, the Council also ignored the voices of thousands of residents, workers and community leaders that registered their opposition in writing and in person. The climate analysis the City published to support this ban is one tenth of one percent of an emissions reduction benefit in 2037.
We want our customers and the Eugene community to know that NW Natural developed several innovative proposals for the City designed to reduce emissions, while also preserving energy choice. All were rejected. We believe this is a disservice to everyone who lives in Eugene and to our shared climate goals.
What the Council’s vote means – and doesn’t mean
The City of Eugene’s actions are scheduled to take effect for new residential building permits submitted on or after June 30, 2023.
The Council’s actions do not impact existing natural gas customers’ service or appliances, the ability to replace appliances or equipment such as gas furnaces, or conversion projects from electricity or wood for existing homes.
With your support and engagement, we will do all we can to keep it that way.