Fact sheets

Renewable-ready heating in New York State

Geothermal Heat Pumps

Cold Climate Air Source Heat Pump Fact Sheet

Our Study

 “Making Residential Heating and Cooling Climate-Friendly in New York State” by Dr. Arjun Makhijani of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research.

Studies By Others

Representative Building Energy Study by Taitem Engineering – finds heat pumps result in cheaper energy costs in Ithaca, NY

Greenhouse gas emissions from domestic hot water: heat pumps compared to most commonly used systems by Hong and Howarth (2016) – finding that heat pump water heaters are an effective and economically viable way of reducing emissions of GHGs.

Methane emissions and climatic warming risk from hydraulic fracturing and shale gas development: implications for policy (Howarth 2015) which supports replacing in-building use of natural gas for domestic space and water heating with high-efficiency heat pumps.

“Even if the electricity that drives these heat pumps comes from coal, the greenhouse gas emissions are far less than from the direct use of natural gas.” (Howarth 2015)

Statewide Policy Development

NYSERDA Policy Framework: The proposed policy framework is here.

  • Comment period is closed, we are waiting to hear what revisions are to be made.

Local Policy Development

Proposed NYC Administrative Law Int. No. 1159  for Solar Hot Water and Thermal Energy Systems in NYC’s city-owned buildings