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On April 8, the California Energy Commission and California Public Utilities Commission held a joint hearing on the issue of building decarbonization. Both state agencies have opened procedures on this issue looking at what the state can do to further reduce greenhouse gases which are affecting climate change.

Recent studies have shown 40% of greenhouse gases in California come from commercial and residential buildings, primarily from how these structures are heated. As such, state legislators and public agencies are embarking on a path to limit or reduce the use of natural gas in commercial and residential buildings. This includes incentives for home builders to build new housing subdivisions without natural gas hookups.

Obviously, this presents huge problems for the swimming pool and spa industry and its future for growth in this state. In testimony submitted to both agencies, CPSA pointed out the pool industry builds backyard facilities for homeowners who want to have a place to gather and relax. In addition to swimming pools and spas, these facilities include outside kitchens, fire pits, fireplaces, space heaters, barbeques, pool and spa heaters, and outside grills. Most, if not all, of these home additions, operate on natural gas. The real backup for natural gas is propane, charcoal or wood.

John Norwood, CPSA’s Director of Government Relations, highlighted that studies show the California Dream is still a nice backyard with a pool. In fact, most Californians want to spend more time outside and are willing to invest in backyard kitchens and other facilities, in addition to their pool, for the opportunity to spend more time with their families and friends.

California legislators have already passed legislation committing the state to reduce greenhouse gases 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 and move the state to all renewal energy by 2045. Efforts to restrict or eliminate the use of natural gas are real and yet another challenge for the pool industry and CPSA to engage.

To continue to represent you in the state of CA, we need your support. Join CPSA today to protect the industry from legislation that would negatively impact it.


CPSA is the only organization registered to lobby on behalf of the pool and spa industry in this state, and the only organization that has consistently maintained a presence in the California Capitol with a proactive government relations program designed to monitor and engage on issues affecting the swimming pool and spa industry at all levels of government.