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URGENT - Legislative Alert
LD 1766 An Act To Transform Maine's Heat Pump Market To Advance Economic Security and Climate Objectives

from MEMA

This is the 100,000 heat pump bill which was just printed yesterday and the public hearing is now tomorrow. This bill throws a lot more money to incentivize heat pump purchases and installations.

Yesterday, LD 1766, The 100,000 Heat Pumps to save us from climate change bill was printed. Today the public hearing is scheduled for tomorrow. Seems like they don’t want to hear from you, doesn’t it?

This bill uses forward capacity money to fund a program to encourage, loan and subsidize heat pumps for all residential and non-residential buildings. Time is running out as the legislature is hoping to end its work by mid-June. It is time for all members to contact everyone they know and speak honestly about their experience and customers' experiences with Ductless heat Pumps. In general, your results may vary. Governor Mills campaigned on this, and this is another cornerstone to her having Maine do its part in saving the planet from climate change. As we have found out through our efforts at the PUC challenging Efficiency Maine’s enthusiasm, there is not a lot of data nor studies that thoroughly determine the effectiveness or efficiency savings from using DHPs.
  • To base a major public program, using public dollars, without clear data, that might save money or might not but clearly is pushing people to electrification is wrong. Now would be the time to talk to your Legislators about your and your customers experiences before they pass this bill.
  • Let the market for heat pumps develop itself. The customer will demand them and should be given honest and clear expectations. Not Government propaganda.
  • A public hearing on 1-day notice?
Summary from the bill:

This bill establishes a goal to install 100,000 new high-performance air source heat pumps in the State to provide heating in residential and nonresidential spaces. It defines "high-performance air source heat pump" as an air source heat pump that satisfies minimum heating performance standards as determined by the Efficiency Maine Trust.

The bill directs forward capacity market payments received by the Efficiency Maine Trust to the Heating Fuels Efficiency and Weatherization Fund to promote high-performance air source heat pumps. It directs the Maine State Housing Authority to share information with the Efficiency Maine Trust Board about the extent to which federally funded weatherization programming is available to meet the heat pump goal. It clarifies that in the construction, remodeling or renovation of a multifamily residential structure funded in whole or in part by public funds, guarantees or bond proceeds, high-performance air source heat pumps may be used as the primary heating system without requiring a waiver from the Public Utilities Commission.

The Public Hearing has just been scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, May 23, at 1 p.m. Energy Utilities and Technology Committee. more

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