American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Recognizes Efficiency Maine
For Immediate Release
January 29, 2019
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Recognizes Efficiency Maine Trust Residential Heat Pump Program
Augusta, Maine —
Last week, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) announced, in The New Leaders of the Pack: ACEEE’s Fourth National Review of Exemplary Energy Efficiency Programs, the selection of the Efficiency Maine Trust’s Ductless Heat Pump (DHP) Initiative as one of three programs recognized nationally in the category of programs promoting high-efficiency Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC).
ACEEE acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors throughout the country. In its Fourth National Review of energy efficiency programs, ACEEE presents profiles of 53 programs in 14 categories, identifying the most successful program designs.
“These programs deliver energy savings that not only help customers save money, they also benefit the environment by reducing carbon emissions and other pollutants,” said Martin Kushler, a senior fellow with ACEEE and co-author of the report. “Moreover, since these programs save energy at lower costs than other forms of new supply, the whole economy benefits. This is truly a ‘win-win’ situation.”
Efficiency Maine’s Ductless Heat Pump (DHP) Initiative promotes market-based investment in high-efficiency DHPs, specially engineered to perform in cold climates, through fixed-price rebates and loans, a vendor network, quality assurance, and customer education. In fiscal year 2017, the Efficiency Maine’s DHP Initiative achieved annual energy savings of 11,467 MWh by persuading consumers to select the highest-efficiency model of heat pump instead of the standard-efficiency models. With assistance from the program, 4,790 of the highest-efficiency model heat pumps were installed in Maine homes in 2017.
The DHP Initiative has successfully steered growing consumer interest in DHPs to the very high-efficiency models, requiring Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) of 12.0 for single-head units, significantly above the 8.3 ENERGY STAR efficiency standard. This very high standard ensures that heat pumps promoted through the Efficiency Maine program will deliver heat efficiently and effectively in Maine’s very cold winters. Since its launch, the initiative has contributed to the installation of over 30,000 units. The program also was recognized for having helped establish a large and well-trained DHP installation community throughout Maine, which is especially important for distribution in rural areas.
“ACEEE is nationally recognized and well respected in the industry, so this is a significant accomplishment for our ductless heat pump program and shows that Maine is moving in the right direction with energy efficiency,” says Michael Stoddard, Executive Director, Efficiency Maine.
To be eligible for ACEEE award consideration, nominated programs were required to be located in the United States or Canada; funded, in some capacity through utility rates, public benefits charges, or similar utility revenue mechanisms; administered by utilities, government agencies, or third-party independent administrators; and must be electric, natural gas, dual-fuel, or a combination of fuel types. ACEEE assessed programs’ direct energy savings, cost-effectiveness, market impact, customer service, innovation, transferability, replicability, and expansion potential finding as criteria for selecting and honoring successful programs.
About Efficiency Maine
Efficiency Maine is the independent administrator for programs in Maine to lower the cost and environmental impacts of energy by promoting energy efficiency, conservation and alternative energy systems. Additional information is available at efficiencymaine.com.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors. We believe that the United States can harness the full potential of energy efficiency to achieve greater economic prosperity, energy security, and environmental protection for all its people.