Title

Debate Over Heat Pumps

Authors

James McCarthy

Source

Mainebiz

Date

6-15-2015

Pages

20-21

Abstract

Bangor-based electricity transmission and distribution utility Emera Maine is proposing using high-efficiency heat pumps as a viable alternative to oil heat. Emera Maine would provide the heat pumps, with no upfront charge, to eligible customers in the northern counties who may be unable to afford or are reluctant to change to the alternative heat source; charge a rental fee with an option to purchase later; and hire outside contractors to service them. The company estimates customers would save $400 - $600 a year on heating costs. Maine Energy Marketers Association and the Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Contractors Association of Maine are opposed to the plan and have been granted intervenor status by the Public Utilities Commission. Emera Maine hopes this issue will be settled by fall 2015. [image]

Subjects

Heat pumps--Cost effectiveness

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