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2021 04 06 – Electrify With Heat Pumps – Noon – NY-GEO is presenting a weekly Tuesday at Noon series of seminars presenting much of the content that had been planned for our 2020 conference. The opening April 6th session will include an introduction to the series, a review of national and New York State developments and a keynote address from NYSERDA President and CEO Doreen Harris. This Kickoff is modelled on the traditional dinner session from the annual conference – an event that brings together and showcases the industry like no other. Register for free here.
Energy Square Housing Project in Kingston features Geothermal Heating & Cooling – See minute 17:50 in this video for discussion of the combined geothermal and solar technology that results in a net zero building. Residents have no energy bills! RUPCO, Inc. developed this project, which includes 57 residential units, 1 commercial unit, and 1 community service facility unit. Tenants include Extremely Low, Very Low and Low-Income households, including 7 ESSHI awarded units and 2 units set aside for persons who are homeless. See a full article on Energy Square here. Thanks to Lenny Skrill from NYS Homes and Community Renewal for this tip.
NY Utilities Release Annual Heat Pump Report Card – NY’s regulated electric utilities have released a report detailing some of the results of their first year running heat pump rebate programs under the state’s New Efficiency: New York initiative. The New York State Clean Heat Program 2020 Annual Report notes: “Despite this challenge, (of beginning in April of 2020 when the NY economy was put on a COVID PAUSE) over 5,700 Clean Heat projects were installed and incentivized in 2020, with another 1,000 identified as in development for 2021. Approximately 80% of projects submitted were ASHP (air source heat pump) technologies in residential buildings. Over 1,000 individuals across the heat pump supply chain were trained toward growing a quality-oriented skilled labor force… As of this writing, there are over 300 Participating Contractors in the program and recruitment activities continue with the goal of ever increasing the pool of ASHP and GSHP contractors.” The report details the heat pump activities of individual utilities as well as NYSERDA. It also notes a few “pain points” including delays in payments and barriers to larger installations.