September 25, 2023

Building Decarbonization

Climate Alliance Seeks to Boost Heat Pump Sales
A coalition of 25 governors committed to a goal of 20 million heat pumps operating in their states by 2030. 
ACEEE Paper Says Rate Design Can Avoid Higher Bills from Electrification
ACEEE released a report highlighting strategies for avoiding higher overall energy bills from electrification, which is a concern for states with high average power prices.
NY Utility Thermal Energy Network Pilot Program Simmers
A year after New York ordered seven utilities to plan a series of thermal energy network pilot projects, none of the proposals is ready for regulatory consideration.
House Energy and Commerce Committee
Efficiency and Reliability are Debated at House Energy Hearing
A House hearing looking into Republican bills aimed at curbing DOE's efficiency regulations  displayed the partisan split on reliability and energy efficiency.
Report: Many US Utilities not Delivering on Energy Efficiency
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's 2023 scorecard for utilities revealed that many utilities are not prioritizing energy efficiency as they focus on decarbonization and resiliency.
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
Rhode Island Increases Heat Pump Incentives
Rhode Island is dedicating $25 million of American Rescue Plan Act funding to create a new heat pump incentive program.
NCUC Approves Duke Energy’s Bill-funded Efficiency Programs
North Carolina regulators approved two on-bill-financed residential energy efficiency programs for Duke Energy.
The White House
The IRA at 1: Implementing at Speed and Scale Remains Key Challenge
One year on, implementation of the IRA has not been smooth or easy, and four out of 10 registered voters say they know nothing about the law.
Office of Gov. Gavin Newsom
Calif. Enters Climate Agreement with China’s Hainan Province
Gov. Gavin Newsom said California will team up with the Chinese province in the state’s latest international partnership focused on the climate crisis.
DOE Opens Applications for $8.5B in IRA Home Efficiency Funds
DOE treads carefully on hot-button issue of home electrification, saying rebate programs do not ban or restrict use of other technologies.

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