It's Getting Hot in Here!Opportunities & Challenges for Heat Pump Technology in Maine
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Recent studies point to "strategic electrification" as a necessary strategy for New England states seeking to keep energy affordable while meeting carbon reduction targets. Join E2Tech and Efficiency Maine for a discussion of Maine's growing use of heat pump technology - for heating homes, businesses, and domestic water heating - and its potential to deliver more affordable energy and reduce carbon pollution.
Michael Stoddard, Executive Director of Efficiency Maine, will present analysis of how much space and water heating in Northeast states is forecasted to switch to electric in order to meet climate stabilization targets by 2030 and 2050. He will also introduce some of the questions and challenges that face heat pump technology in Maine. Do they work in cold weather? Should you turn it off in the winter? Is it a cost-effective supplement to boilers using oil, propane, or natural gas? Does it really reduce carbon? Are heat pump appliances suitable for all types of Maine homes?
We will also hear from a panel of experts on the design, operation, and performance of ductless heat pumps and heat pump water heaters as they tackle the challenges of helping Maine contractors, and their customers, to get the most from this equipment. Relying on first-hand experience, field work, and modeling, they will share insights into the best practices to realize the full savings potential and reflect on lessons learned from applications that do not perform well.
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