On 30 November 2023, the Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction Shane Rattenbury announced a regulation to prevent new gas network connections to buildings in the ACT will commence on 8 December 2023 as part of the ACT Government’s plan to transition off fossil fuels. The regulation will apply to all residential buildings, commercial land-use zones and community facility zones.
An exemption process will also be in place to provide options for businesses and commercial activities. Exemptions will only be granted in limited circumstances to allow for hard to transition sectors that cannot move to a location with an existing connection or another exempt land-use zone.
Existing gas connections will not be impacted by this regulation.
The regulation will commence on 8 December with transitional arrangements in place for Development Applications lodged and Building Approvals issued by 1 March 2024.
The MBA has been consulted on the transition arrangements and will continue to work with the ACT Government on the future stages of implementing the Energy Transition Plan through a Technical Advisory Group.
More information about the regulation, as well as incentives to help Canberrans electrify is available on the Everyday Climate Choices website.