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1. National Grid Heat Pump Rebate Bonus
2. 54 Orgs Push for Cost of Gas Expansion
3. NRDC Report on Gas Wind Down
4. 21% Buildings with Heat Pumps by 2030
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1. National Grid Heat Pump Rebate Bonus

In an email to contractors, National Grid announced a Summer 2020 bonus rebate for heat pump installations, which is meant as a Covid Recovery economic stimulus. The program will run until August 31st and provides $250 for partial load Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP), $500 for full load ASHP and $750 for full load Ground Source Heat Pumps.

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2. 54 Orgs Push to Know Cost of Gas Expansion

The Renewable Heat Now Campaign is filing a letter calling on the Public Service Commission to require utilities to accurately report the costs of ratepayer-funded subsidies of gas expansion under the state's 100-Foot Rule. This letter was signed by 54 organizations that endorse shining a light on the costs to ratepayers of gas expansion.

In a press release announcing the filing, Irene Weiser, the Coordinator of Fossil Free Tomkins, noted:

The 100-foot subsidy maximizes and reinforces infrastructure investments at a dangerous time to do so, both for ratepayers and for the stability of our climate. And the costs of that subsidy have been anything but transparent. Let's find out what it costs.
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3. NRDC Report on Gas Wind Down

Marie J. French wrote in POLITICO New York & New Jersey Energy (2020 06 30):

The Natural Resources Defense Council has an outline of steps state policymakers should take to begin winding down the use of natural gas for heating buildings in New York. NRDC hired Synapse Energy Economics Inc., to develop recommendations on gas policy planning and released the report Monday, June 29. The proposal will be filed as part of the Public Service Commission's ongoing proceeding on gas issues. The report's recommendations highlight the increasing focus among policymakers and environmental advocates on dealing with natural gas to achieve the state's emissions reduction goals. The recommendations include several proposals that were incorporated in a recent upstate gas utility rate case and others that will require future PSC or legislative action.
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4. Projection: 21% Buildings with Heat Pumps by 2030

A recently filed White Paper from Public Service Department staff focuses on how to meet New York's adopted goals for renewable electricity generation under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.

As part of projected electricity demand the Paper factors in the demand from electrifying New York's heating sector. The report projects (on page 19) that 21% of New York's primary building heating systems will be air and ground source heat pumps by 2030 resulting in 10,334 GWh of increased demand.

However, the report fails to state the assumed ratio of installed GSHPs to ASHPs that was used to determine this figure. A greater ratio of GSHPs would lower the electricity demand.

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