Renewable Heating

East Hampton’s 100% renewable energy goals go beyond the electricity sector (anticipated achievement by 2022). The adopted goals include that the equivalent[1] of annual community energy consumption in two additional sectors  – transportation and heating – be achieved with renewable energy sources by the year 2030.

Renewable heat is an application of renewable energy and it refers to the renewable generation of heat, rather than electrical power (e.g. replacing a fossil fuel boiler using concentrating solar thermal to feed radiators). Renewable heat technologies include renewable biofuels, solar heating, geothermal heating, heat pumps and heat exchangers to recover lost heat. Significant attention is also applied to insulation. (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renewable_heat )

Heating and cooling in buildings represent 32% of New York State’s combustion-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In support of the State’s nation-leading GHG emissions reduction goals – targeting 40% reduction of GHG emissions by 2030 and 80% by 2050 – NYSERDA has developed an integrated, long-term Policy Framework [PDF] to encourage the adoption of renewable, clean heating and cooling technologies (e.g., ground- and air- source heat pump systems, and solar hot water systems).

Comfort at the community level

The Clean Heating and Cooling Communities program is getting groups of homes and businesses in New York State to install clean heating and cooling (CH&C) technologies. These technologies can help lower energy bills and reduce emissions of harmful greenhouse gases, while making homes and businesses more comfortable.

Additional Info

NYSERDA has developed an integrated, long-term Renewable Heating & Cooling Policy Framework [PDF]:


More about NYSERDA’s Clean Heating & Cooling programs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

[1] The term ‘equivalent’ means that excess annual renewable electricity produced (or interconnected) in East Hampton would be credited (offset) against remaining fossil fuel usage in the transportation and heating sectors.