Maine Was Able To Meet Its Clean Energy Target 2 Years Earlier

Bob Villa

Governor Janet Mills has proudly announced a remarkable achievement for Maine, surpassing its 100,000 new heat pump installation goal for 2025 by a full two years. This achievement stands as a significant stride forward in Maine’s efforts to diminish its dependence on heating oil, alleviate heating expenses, and mitigate the detrimental impact of carbon emissions.

In her commitment to sustaining this progress, Governor Mills has unveiled an even more ambitious objective: the installation of an additional 175,000 heat pumps in Maine by 2027. This endeavor would bring the total count of heat pumps integrated into homes, businesses, and public establishments during her tenure to an impressive 275,000, and if realized, the entire state would boast a cumulative count of over 320,000 heat pumps.

Imagine heat pumps as innovative mechanisms for temperature recycling. Fueled by refrigerant fluid and housing a compressor, they excel at redistributing surplus heat. Depending on the external conditions, whether it’s warmth or coldness, heat pumps effectively transfer heat into or out of buildings.

Although commonly associated with warmer weather benefits, the adaptability of heat pumps was evidenced in Maine’s extreme weather conditions. During a severe cold spell in February, some regions experienced temperatures plummeting to a staggering -60°F. Remarkably, Efficiency Maine, a key facilitator in the adoption of heat pumps in the state, conducted a survey among beneficiaries who had received rebates under the Inflation Reduction Act. These individuals attested to feeling comfortably warm and content. Notably, they proudly shared their substantial financial savings, which amounted to hundreds of dollars in contrast to traditional home heating systems, including boilers, gas furnaces, and heating oil.

Governor Mills’ visionary leadership has not only propelled Maine ahead of schedule in its heat pump adoption goals but has also charted a compelling course towards a more sustainable, cost-effective, and environmentally conscious future for the state.

“Our transition to heat pumps is creating good-paying jobs, curbing our reliance on fossil fuels, and cutting costs for Maine families, all while making them more comfortable in their homes – a hat trick for our state,” said Mills. “We are setting an example for the nation, and with our new and ambitious goal, we will continue to lead the way when it comes to embracing efficient, climate-friendly technologies that strengthen our economy, protect our environment, and save people money.”

The shift commenced in 2019 with the Legislature receiving bipartisan backing. During that time, Governor Mills put into effect legislation that established ambitious goals for the transition to renewable energy and the curbing of greenhouse gas emissions.

“We know that when a lower-income home can add a heat pump, it helps reduce overall heating and cooling costs and trims our dependence on carbon-emitting fuels. It helps our planet and enhances a home’s affordability and a heating system’s reliability, all at the same time,” Erik Jorgensen, Senior Director of Communications and Government Relations at MaineHousing, said. “MaineHousing is proud of its contributions in helping Maine accomplish our heat pump goal.”



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