Heat pumps are arguably the most important technology in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the built environment, and can provide space heating and cooling as well as water heating. And yet heat pump installation is still relatively rare in California. This webinar will present the findings of an important new report on policies to accelerate heat pump deployment in California, best practices for ensuring equitable heat pump installations in existing buildings, and strategies to support a trained workforce of heat pump champions.
The report, Hot, Cold, & Clean, examines the many barriers preventing consumers from purchasing heat pump technologies to replace gas furnaces and water heaters. Study contributors identified problems such as strained electrical infrastructure, limited financing models, and lack of consumer education as priority challenges stifling the rapid scaling of this crucial clean energy solution. They asked: How can California leaders spur manufacturers, suppliers, contractors, and utilities to make heat pumps the preferred option for appliance replacements? How can they incentivize building owners and landlords to make the switch? And how can these building energy upgrades avoid the risk of tenant displacement and increased cost burdens among lower-income Californians? You can read the whole report here and raise questions at the webinar.
- Commissioner Andrew McAllister, California Energy Commission
- Chelsea Kirk, Strategic Actions for a Just Economy
- Jose Torres, Building Decarbonization Coalition
Moderator: Ethan Elkind, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment
Register for the webinar here.
Tuesday, July 19, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
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