Clean Heating and Cooling

Heating and cooling in buildings represent 32% of New York State’s combustion-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In support of the State’s nation-leading GHG emissions reduction goals – targeting 40% reduction of GHG emissions by 2030 and 80% by 2050 – NYSERDA has developed an integrated, long-term Policy Framework [PDF] to encourage the adoption of renewable, clean heating and cooling technologies (e.g., ground- and air- source heat pump systems, and solar hot water systems).

On December 13, 2018, the New York State Public Service Commission adopted its Order Adopting Accelerated Energy Efficiency Targets, which adopts a minimum target of 5 TBtu of customer energy usage reduction through heat pumps, to be included by New York’s jurisdictional utilities in their program filing for 2021-2025. The Order directs utilities to work in consultation with NYSERDA in preparing a heat pump proposal in their March 2019 filing and a subsequent implementation plan. On January 9, 2019, NYSERDA published a Report "Analysis of Residential Heat Pump Potential and Economics" [PDF] in support of this process.

Comfort at the community level

The Clean Heating and Cooling Communities program is getting groups of homes and businesses in New York State to install clean heating and cooling (CH&C) technologies.These technologies can help lower energy bills and reduce emissions of harmful greenhouse gases, while making homes and businesses more comfortable.

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