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Just In! (from NY-GEO)

Below are G.E.T.’s top picks from NY-GEO’s weekly “Just-In” Newsletter. Just In! features three fresh news item summaries on the NY-GEO home page every Monday. NY-GEO members get the full newsletter, which includes an advanced look at the website articles, plus event listings and job openings and several bonus article summaries with links, usually on the Saturday before website publication.

NY-GEO Seeks Hot Water Equipment Advances – NY-GEO’s Policy Advisory Board has written up specifications for improvements to domestic hot water (DHW) equipment that would make it easier and more effective to connect DHW systems with ground and water loops. NY-GEO seeks manufacturers and industry stakeholders to cooperate in developing solutions. Click here for a copy of NY-GEO’s document.

UK: 600,000 Heat Pumps a Year: The Rate Assistance Project (RAPOnline) today published “Getting on track to net zero: A policy package for a heat pump mass market in the UK.” The UK has 3.5x the population of NY. The report calls 64,000 heat pumps (ASHP+GSHP) installed toward their 491,000 goal by April 2021 to be a “major policy failure”. It goes on to describe policy changes needed to meet the UIK goal of installing 600,000 heat pumps annually by 2028. Although the report is focused on the UK, it offers valuable insights on how to approach New York’s goals of accelerating heat pump installations . Thanks to NY-GEO member Bob Wyman for this tip.

“Polluter Pays Hearings Scheduled: A proposal backed by the NY Renews coalition to put a fee on carbon dioxide and other climate-warming pollutants with funds funneled into meeting the state’s renewable and emissions reduction mandates will get an airing after budget. The Climate and Community Investment Act S4264a – is slated for a Senate hearing before the environmental conservation and energy committees on April 13 … (Kevin Parker, the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee Chair is the main sponsor.)… ‘This hearing is a sign that the legislature is taking seriously the need for massive investments in climate, jobs and justice this year,’ Maritza Silva-Farrell, Executive Director of ALIGN and NY Renews Steering Committee Member said in a statement. ‘The CCIA will create the just, green recovery our state needs, and we’re excited to help this critical bill move through the legislature.’ Sen. Todd Kaminsky, who is co-hosting the hearings, likened the opportunity for public input to the multiple hearings in different parts of the state held for what became the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. With the virtual format ‘a lot of people can hop onto the same hearing and if we find were oversubscribed, we can always do another one,’ he said.” — Marie J. French of POLITICO NY & NJ Energy Find the full bill text and support memo here.


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