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$15 million for renewable heating and cooling in New York

Staff Writer |
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a $15 million proposal to accelerate the use of renewable heating and cooling technologies in New York to stimulate the clean energy economy.

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The new policy framework released by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority includes a proposed two-year, $15-million program to provide rebates for the installation of ground-source heat pumps.

This plan will support the state’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in New York 40 percent by 2030 from 1990 levels.

Currently, fossil-fuel based thermal energy — primarily natural gas, propane and oil — is the main energy source for space heating, space cooling and domestic hot water in the residential and commercial sectors.

It is responsible for approximately 32 percent of New York’s energy-related greenhouse gas emissions.

Reducing emissions is integral to the Governor’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy for a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers.

Renewable heating and cooling technologies not only provide environmental benefits, they can provide energy bill savings, increased comfort levels and health benefits compared to conventional heating and cooling technologies.

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