The Victorian Government has today announced that new home builds and subdivisions from 2024 will be prohibited from having mains gas connections. Applications currently in process appear to have a "transitional period".
Currently gas had been an optional service connection for new subdivisions/dwellings, but this will now be prohibited from 2024, with electricity being the sole energy source. Induction Cooktops and heating from split system reverse cycle air conditioners now appear to be the preference of State Government
It appears existing homes will be able to maintain existing gas connections.
With decommissioning of Victoria's Gippsland Power Generators, and this extra reliance on electrical supply, it will be interesting how the security of power supply into the future is affected by today's Victorian State Government announcement.
During severe weather electrical blackouts, which often occur throughout Yarra Ranges Shire and other rural and rural township areas of Victoria, the prohibition of a viable 2nd alternate energy supply source could have significant detriment on the amenity of living in these areas during such times.
Hopefully improvements in the consistency & security of mains electrical energy supply is also being given due consideration by the State Government as part of today's announcement, and such improvements will also be implemented by the electrical network operators.
Today's announcement has been implemented to assist in Victoria achieving its adopted Carbon Emmission Reduction targets.