13 Jun '14, 11am

Heat Pumps Get a Leg Up in Vermont

Heat Pumps Get a Leg Up in Vermont

More Vermonters will be installing high-efficiency heat pumps in their homes thanks to a bill signed into law by Gov. Peter Shumlin on June 11. The legislation allows Efficiency Vermont , an agency that collects money from utility ratepayers to fund programs that lower energy consumption, to use some of its $40 million annual budget to subsidize the purchase of high-efficiency heat pumps. "We have been given the mandate now to do something with regard to heat pumps, which is something that Efficiency Vermont never had before because our mandate was to reduce electric usage," Public Affairs Manager Kelly Lucci said. "In this case, we have a technology that increases electric usage but does it very efficiently and displaces much dirtier fossil fuels." Just like utilities that distribute or generate power, Efficiency Vermont is a regulated utility. Details about the new heat ...

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