An Act To Transform Maine's Heat Pump Market To Advance Economic Security and Climate Objectives
Sec. 1. 10 MRSA §1415-G, sub-§1, as amended by PL 2011, c. 300, §2, is further amended to read:
Sec. 2. 35-A MRSA §10103, sub-§4, as amended by PL 2013, c. 369, Pt. A, §5, is further amended to read:
Sec. 3. 35-A MRSA §10104, sub-§8, as enacted by PL 2009, c. 372, Pt. B, §3, is amended to read:
Sec. 4. 35-A MRSA §10110, sub-§1, ¶C, as enacted by PL 2009, c. 372, Pt. B, §3, is amended to read:
Sec. 5. 35-A MRSA §10110, sub-§4-A, ¶A, as enacted by PL 2013, c. 369, Pt. A, §20 and affected by §30, is amended to read:
Sec. 6. 35-A MRSA §10119, as amended by PL 2009, c. 652, Pt. A, §49, is further amended to read:
§ 10119. Heating Fuels Efficiency and Weatherization Fund
The trust may annually deposit funds received pursuant to this section into the administration fund, to a maximum in any fiscal year of 10% of the revenues received under this section.
(1) By 2030, to provide cost-effective energy efficiency and weatherization measures to substantially all homes and businesses whose owners wish to participate in programs established by the trust under this section . ; and
(2) From fiscal year 2019-20 to fiscal year 2024-25, to install 100,000 new high-performance air source heat pumps in the State to provide heating in residential and nonresidential spaces. "High-performance air source heat pump" means an air source heat pump that satisfies minimum heating performance standards as determined by the trust.
(1) Program categories must may include low-income, single-family and 2-family residential units, multifamily residential units, small business, commercial and institutional and such other categories as the trust determines appropriate ; .
(2) Within program categories, the trust may differentiate between programs for new construction and existing buildings ; and .
(3) Cost-effective energy efficiency measures must include measures that improve the energy efficiency of energy-using systems, such as heating and cooling systems, through system upgrades or conversions, including conversions to energy-efficient systems that rely on renewable energy sources or systems that rely on effective energy efficiency technologies.
(4) Eligible program measures may include, but are not limited to, training or certification of energy auditors, insulation installers, mechanical heating system installers and maintenance technicians and building energy inspectors.
(1) Incentives to consumers to purchase and install cost-effective efficiency and weatherization products and services identified by a certified energy auditor, except in the case of programs to deliver education, training or certifications;
(2) A schedule of customer copayments and loan Loan options for prescribed products and services . Programs , including specially designed loans for low-income and moderate-income consumers may provide exemptions from the copayment and schedule for the purchase and installation of a high-performance air source heat pump;
(3) A plan for integrating delivery of heating fuel efficiency and weatherization measures with electric efficiency measures; and
(4) A system for the equitable allocation of costs among the contributing funds or subaccounts administered by the trust when more than one efficiency opportunity is identified , except that for purposes of advancing the goal of paragraph A, subparagraph (2), payments from the forward capacity market deposited in the fund must be used to supplement, and not supplant, heat pump incentive amounts approved through the triennial plan for electric efficiency and conservation programs.
This bill establishes a goal to install 100,000 new high-performance air source heat pumps in the State to provide heating in residential and nonresidential spaces. It defines "high-performance air source heat pump" as an air source heat pump that satisfies minimum heating performance standards as determined by the Efficiency Maine Trust.
The bill directs forward capacity market payments received by the Efficiency Maine Trust to the Heating Fuels Efficiency and Weatherization Fund to promote high-performance air source heat pumps. It directs the Maine State Housing Authority to share information with the Efficiency Maine Trust Board about the extent to which federally funded weatherization programming is available to meet the heat pump goal. It clarifies that in the construction, remodeling or renovation of a multifamily residential structure funded in whole or in part by public funds, guarantees or bond proceeds, high-performance air source heat pumps may be used as the primary heating system without requiring a waiver from the Public Utilities Commission.