Meeting legislatively mandated deep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 will require a concerted effort to address how we heat our buildings and provide process heat to our industries. In the northeast, 25-30% of our emissions result from heating. Our region is disproportionally dependent on high cost and high emissions fuels including heating oil, propane, and electric heat. Natural gas is increasingly used for heating and puts pressure on our electric generation system. Additionally, natural gas use must be substantially diminished by 2050 under current greenhouse gas reduction plans.
Along with building design and efficiency, technologies that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are advancing in the building heating market include cold-climate air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps, solar thermal collectors, and modern automated wood chip and pellet heating systems. Applications for these technologies and early initiatives to bring these technologies to market will be discussed. State and industry efforts to scale these market opportunities through standardization and finance, and how the widespread penetration of these technologies might impact regional electric usage will be explored. A special focus will be on the MA Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard which DOER revised at the end of 2017 to include renewable thermal technologies, with the goal of accelerating the heating market transformation to align with greenhouse gas emission reduction requirements.
- Dwayne Breger, Ph.D., Director, UMass Clean Energy Extension, Extension Professor, Environmental Conservation
State Policy/Programs Update
- Michael Judge, Director, Renewable and Alternative Energy Development, DOER
- Peter McPhee, Program Director, Renewable Thermal, MassCEC
Technology Overviews, Applications, and Market Initiatives
- Lawrence Lessard, Director, Achieve Renewable Energy
- Adam Sherman, Senior Consultant, Biomass Energy Resource Center / Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
- Neil Veilleux, Principal, Meister Consultants Group, A Cadmus Company
Advancing the Industry and Addressing Impacts on the Grid
- Helle Gronli, Renewable Thermal Alliance, Associate Research Scientist at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
- David Lis, Director of Technology & Market Solutions, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
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