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Nine states, including California and New York, sign heat pump agreement to clean up air pollution

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Nine states signed a deal today to promote heat pumps. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which was signed today, sets a target of heat pumps making up 65 percent of residential heating, cooling and water heating equipment by 2030. By 2040 the goal is to have heat pumps account for 90% of the HVAC market and water heating.

Heat pumps Alternatives that are more energy efficientHeaters that are traditional You can also find out more about the following:Cooling systems. And because they’re electric, they can feasibly run on renewables like wind and solar once there’s more clean energy coursing through power grids. California, Colorado, Maine. Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York. Oregon and Rhode Island are among the states that have signed on to the agreement.

The MOU isn’t legally binding, so this might be more wishful thinking than a clear-cut plan for now

The MOU isn’t legally binding, so this might be more wishful thinking than a clear-cut plan for now. States will have to create their own policies and incentives to deploy these heat pumps. It is a sign of how much attention heat pumps receive in the fight to combat climate change. State-led efforts are even more important as national climate policies hang in the balance of upcoming presidential elections.

“Even though it’s not legally binding, it does plant a flag and set a strong shared target that states are collectively moving in this direction,”Emily Levin is a senior policy advisor with Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management. The nonprofit association for air quality agencies led the effort in adopting an MOU.

The plan has also received some industry support, including from Schneider Electric, Siemens and Ikea. eBay and two of HVAC’s biggest manufacturers, Trane and Carrier. Yesterday, they signed a letter expressing their support for the MOU.

“Climate change poses a significant risk to our long-term economic success, impacts the health and livelihood of our communities, and disrupts the value chains on which we rely,”The letter states: “State adoption of more robust building decarbonization policies and programs will help us meet both business and state goals faster and more cost-effectively, all while reducing climate-related health and safety risks.”

The MOU includes the development of an “action plan”You can also find out more about the following: “support widespread electrification of residential buildings,”It is possible to create zero-emissions buildings. State and local governments have had to pivot in response to the fossil fuel industry’s fierce opposition to bans on new gas hookups, which Berkeley, California, killed a plan that was a first in the nationThe following are some examples of how to use Gas stoves on wheels into the nation’s culture wars.

Buildings are the major source of air pollution, accounting for More than a ThirdGlobally, energy-related greenhouse gases are responsible for a large portion of the emissions. Fossil fuel combustion in buildingsAlso, power plants in the US emit more smog-forming NOx emissions than fossil fuel-fueled heating equipment. The nine states who have signed the MOU emit more than 138,000 tons each year of NOx and over 6,000 tons of fine particle pollution from fossil-fueled heating equipment.

“Heat pumps and building electrification is really the future for healthier homes and a thriving green economy.”

“Heat pumps and building electrification is really the future for healthier homes and a thriving green economy,”Serena McIlwain tells Maryland Secretary of Environment The Verge. “The fact that we have the support from industry really makes a big difference … Heat pumps are really, really gaining momentum.”

This isn’t the only effort to make heat pumps more attractive to developers. President Joe Biden Invoking the Defense Production Act in 2022 to boost domestic production of heat pumps and other clean energy technologies. Residential Heat pumps surpass gas furnaces for the first timeIn 2022, New York City will account for 53 percent of all sales. New York City in 2023 Public housing started implementing themBuildings as a part of a $263 million planHeat pumps for renters, focusing on low-income residents.

The MOU signed today was also a similar statement by the states “will strive to direct”At least 40 percent of all new investments made in energy efficiency and electrification upgrades to residential buildings are allocated to low-income homes and disadvantaged areas.  


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Original content by www.theverge.com – “Nine states, including California and New York, sign heat pump agreement to clean up air pollution”

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