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ASHRAE/NYSERDA Series on Community Heat Pumps -The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the NY Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) are offering a series of free webinars on community heat pumps running from September 29th, 2021 to May 25th, 2022. From the series website: “To meet New York’s 2050 goal by pivoting 4.5 million buildings to heat pumps, the market will need to install heat pumps in more than 400 buildings each day, every day, throughout the next 30 years. To support this effort, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has partnered with ASHRAE to develop the following series of 17 FREE webinars designed to engage and educate all stakeholders involved in community heat pump system design and implementation. Each free webinar offers 1.5 continuing education credits.”
Richmond, VA City Council passes a resolution to equitably phase out gas, including their own gas utility: City of Richmond – File #: RES. 2021-R049 (legistar.com) – From the resolution, which passed on an 8-0 vote. “BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That the Council hereby commits to working with the City’s Administration on an equitable plan to phase out reliance on gas and shift to accelerated investment in City-owned renewable energy and hereby recognizes that the continued operation of the City’s gas utility is an obstacle to the City’s goal of Net-Zero emissions in accordance (with) Resolution No. 2020-R024, adopted June 8, 2020.”
HeatSmart Campaign for New Rochelle – In conjunction with the Urban League of Westchester County, Comrie Enterprises, LLC will launch Adopt Clean Energy in New Rochelle on September 30, 2021, at 7 p.m. as one of the most recent New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) sponsored community outreach campaigns. Adopt Clean Energy educates customers about the benefits of clean heating and cooling technologies, connects contractors to customers, and helps residents make the switch to electrification. Congressman Jamaal Bowman, who…is Chair of the United States House Science Subcommittee on Energy, headlined the Mount Vernon launch and will headline the New Rochelle virtual launch…New Rochelle residents will view the virtual launch on Zoom by registering on the website www.adoptcleanenergy.earth. The invited speakers will include New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, New Rochelle City Council members, New Rochelle’s representatives to the New York Senate and Assembly, and members of the Westchester County Executive office, Con Edison Representatives, and heat pump contractors.
Elected Call on Hochul to Revisit Rate Hike Tied to Brooklyn Pipeline – By Samantha Maldonado – The City – “A group of 31 state and local officials on Friday called on the governor to review a state commission decision that will result in customers paying for fossil fuel projects, including parts of a controversial pipeline in Brooklyn. Representing Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island, the signatories of the letter — including Rep. Carolyn Maloney, and State Sens. Julia Salazar, Jabari Brisport, Liz Krueger and Diane Savino — ask Gov. Kathy Hochul to uphold the state’s climate law, which mandates cuts of greenhouse gas emissions in a way that provides substantial benefits to ‘disadvantaged communities.’”