The U.S. Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of 25 governors representing approximately 60% of the U.S. economy and 55% of the U.S. population, announced on September 21 a series of new commitments from its members to eliminate emissions from buildings, including collectively quadrupling heat pump installations by the end of the decade.
As part of the alliance’s new heat pump target, members agreed to collectively reach 20 million heat pump installations across the coalition by 2030, with the aim of ensuring at least 40% of benefits flow to disadvantaged communities.
As the alliance pursues building decarbonization efforts, members also agreed to:
- Support proactive planning for an equitable and predictable transition to a zero-emission buildings future
- Advance actions that ensure new buildings lead the way to achieve long-term decarbonization goals, including supporting the development of zero-emission building codes and standards
- Accelerate efficient, electric retrofits that promote healthy homes and businesses, particularly for low-income families that bear disproportionate cost and energy burdens
- Pursue innovative solutions that help mitigate volatile energy prices, enhance grid reliability, and promote climate resilience
- Prioritize equity with the aim of ensuring at least 40% of benefits from building decarbonization flow to disadvantaged communities
- Build the workforce needed to support the clean energy transition and drive the creation of good-paying, career-pathway jobs
- Maximize climate benefits of new federal funds and programs under the Inflation Reduction Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, including by identifying opportunities to streamline incentives and educate consumers
- Lead by example through efforts to reduce emissions from state facilities.
The two most common types of heat pumps are air source and ground source. Ground source heat pumps, also called geothermal heat pumps, will be part of NGWA’s geothermal retrofit that is currently taking place at its headquarters in Westerville, Ohio.
NGWA’s geothermal retrofit is made possible by these industry partners:
- AMTROL Inc.
- Bergerson-Caswell Inc.
- ClimateMaster Inc.
- Enertech Global LLC (GeoComfort)
- Federal Elite Heating & Cooling Inc.
- Jackson Geothermal
- Preferred Pump & Equipment
- Salas O’Brien
- WaterFurnace International Inc.