Heat Pump Rebates: Maine Backs Away from Demand to Disconnect Heating Systems

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Efficiency Maine’s Executive Director Michael Stoddard said it was backing away from an insistence that older heating systems be “disconnected” or hooked to a generator in order to receive state rebates, Maine Public Radio reported.

Efficiency Maine is now recommending that older heating systems be turned off, or thermostats turned down, Maine Public reported. Efficiency Maine is offering state rebates only for whole-house installations, Stoddard told Maine Public. A federal rebate is available for people installing a heat pump unit designed to heat a part of a home, such as a single room, Maine Public reported.

“This policy would have set a bad precedent for other states as they write their own implementation plans for federally-funded heat pump rebates under the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA),” the National Energy & Fuels Institute said in the Dec. 5 issue of its newsletter, NEFI Energy Online News (NEON).

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