Efficiency Maine Trust and MaineHousing report installing more than 28,000 high efficiency heat pumps in buildings in Maine over the past year.
Dover-Foxcroft, MAINE – During a visit to Dave’s World in Dover-Foxcroft today, Governor Janet Mills announced that more than 28,000 high efficiency heat pumps have been installed in buildings across Maine over the past year, marking an important step towards the governor’s goal of installing 100,000 new pump heating systems by 2025.
The more than 28,000 heat pumps installed in Maine stem from legislation signed by Governor Mills in 2019, which set the state’s ambitious heat pump target for 2025, improved reimbursement incentives heat pumps through Efficiency Maine Trust and established a low-income heat pump program in MaineHousing. .
The majority of heat pumps announced today – 27,326 – were installed in homes and other buildings in Maine using rebate incentives provided by the Efficiency Maine Trust from July 2020 to June 2021 This figure is more than double the 12,758 heat pumps installed during the previous year. -month period.
In today’s announcement, Governor Mills was joined by Michael Stoddard, Executive Director of Efficiency Maine Trust, and Matt Scott, Co-Owner and Vice-President of Dave’s World. With four locations in Maine, Dave’s World is Maine’s largest installer of high efficiency heat pumps, which are affordable, efficient and accessible heating and cooling devices and important components in reducing harmful carbon emissions.
âMaine is the most fuel oil dependent state in the country. The transition to heat pumps instead of costly, inefficient and environmentally harmful heating oil creates well-paying jobs, cuts our carbon emissions, and cuts costs for Maine families while making them more comfortable in their house, a hat trick for our State â, Governor Mills said. âToday, I am proud to celebrate the progress we have made towards our goal of installing 100,000 heat pumps by 2025 and to encourage the people of Maine to take advantage of our incentives to help them do so. the transition.”
Governor Mills has made growing the clean energy economy a central part of Maine’s plans to tackle climate change by setting a goal of more than doubling the number of clean energy jobs and energy efficiency in Maine to 30,000 by 2030.
Installation data from Efficiency Maine Trust shows wide adoption of heat pumps in rural and northern Maine, underscoring the economic benefits of the program and the success of the enhanced incentive program adopted by Governor Mills in 2019. The addition of 100,000 new heat pumps in Maine by 2025 is also expected to reduce heating bills between $ 300 and $ 600 per year per home.
“Residents of rural and northern Maine were the first to understand the impressive benefits of heat pumps, and they are leading the way with the highest number of installations per capita.” said Michael Stoddard, executive director of Efficiency Maine Trust. âEfficiency Maine looks forward to the next few years as Maine’s heat pump revolution spreads to small businesses, municipal and public school buildings, new construction and the rest of the state. “
âDave’s World is proud to support progress towards this important goal for Maine, and thanks Governor Mills and Efficiency Maine Trust for their efforts to promote the cost savings and environmental benefits of high efficiency heat pumps. said Matt Scott, co-owner and vice president of Dave’s World. âOur heat pump business is better than ever, which has allowed us to develop and maintain high paying jobs and invest in our communities across Maine. “
âHeat pumps are proving to be great solutions for low-income people to heat and cool their homes, while saving money on their monthly bills.Said Dan Brennan, Director of MaineHousing. âMaineHousing is proud to support the state’s heat pump goals, and Governor Mills and the Maine Legislature deserve credit for putting Maine on this important path. ”
Governor Mills made the announcement to mark Climate Week, a national effort to recognize and advance climate action. the Maine climate action plan, Maine won’t wait, identifies the state heat pump target as an essential strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels.
“Maine has a bold plan for climate action and today’s announcement shows how this administration is delivering on that promise with results,” said Hannah Pingree, director of the governor’s office for policy innovation and the future and co-chair of the Maine Climate Council. âEvery heat pump installed in Maine helps create savings for homeowners, businesses and cities, while reducing emissions and reliance on fossil fuels. “
Governor Mills also declared Clean Energy Week in Maine this week on Monday, to recognize the critical need to develop clean energy to contribute to global efforts against climate change, reduce the use of fossil fuels and build a thriving economy with good paying jobs all over Maine.
Governor Mills has taken action to embrace clean energy and prepare for and mitigate the effects of climate change on Maine. Maine has set some of the country’s toughest renewable energy requirements: 80% renewable energy by 2030 and a target of 100% by 2050. Maine has also adopted ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions: 45% by 2030 and 80%. by 2050, as well as achieving carbon neutrality by 2045.
Governor Mills also pledged to more than double clean energy and energy efficiency jobs in Maine to 30,000 by 2030; expand incentives for the purchase of electric vehicles (EVs) and build more EV charging stations in Maine; double the rate of the weatherization of the house; and buy more renewable energy through the state procurement process.
Significant support for climate and energy priorities has also been included in the biennial state budget and in the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan, Governor Mills’ plan to allocate nearly $ 1 billion from the US federal law on the rescue plan.
Following her visit to Dave’s World, Governor Mills will travel to Greenville where she will visit Dove Tail Bats, meet with local small business owners and take a walking tour of downtown Greenville with Heather Johnson, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Economic and Community. Development.
Later in the evening, Governor Mills will deliver remarks at the Maine Association of Chiefs of Police banquet.