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More Electric Heat Pumps = More Power Outages
Electric Heating Fuels Climate Change
New York wants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 85% by 2050 to help protect our climate and our communities. We can do this, and we must. But we need the right strategy to succeed, and their plan to force you to spend up to $40,000 to switch to electric heat pumps isn't the right strategy for New York.
The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) offers a number of different paths for our state to achieve its goals. However, some of these ideas could make things worse for New Yorkers who are struggling with high heating costs and vulnerable to climate threats like storm-related blackouts and floods. The good news is that the climate plan also offers recommendations to help lower your costs, reduce emissions and make our communities safer.
Will New York choose the best path forward? That’s up to you! Policymakers are taking public comments on the CLCPA until July 1. Now is your chance to make your voice heard.
New York’s plan to reduce GHG emissions could force you to spend up to $40,000 to switch to heat pumps, and would make us more vulnerable to blackouts.
There’s a better solution: The Bioheat® fuel you're already using cuts emissions and energy costs without costly replacements of your heating system. Tell New York policymakers, “I want Bioheat® fuel, it’s right for New York.”
The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act of 2019 (CLCPA) committed the State to 100% zero-emission electricity by 2040 and a reduction of at least 85% below 1990-level GHG emissions by 2050.
The Climate Action Council (CAC) was formed under the CLCPA to prepare a Scoping Plan to achieve the State’s targets. This plan was recently released, and the CAC is accepting public comment through July 1. Make your voice heard – submit your comment today through our Action Center.
We fully support a clean energy future and the goals of the CLCPA. The CLCPA even recommends the use of “bioenergy,” including Bioheat® fuel, in some situations. However, we are concerned with many of their strategies to lower emissions – strategies that will affect YOUR home and YOUR finances.
If enacted into law, these plans will require you to spend $20,000-$40,000 to remove your heating system and install heat pumps. The added demand for electricity could send your costs skyrocketing – one New Yorker converted to heat pumps and ended up with a $27,000 electric bill! Converting more homes to heat pumps will also overload the electric grid, causing winter blackouts when there’s not enough power generated to meet the higher loads.