Letter: The facts about heat pumps

Published: 1/14/2020 12:02:14 AM
Modified: 1/14/2020 12:01:27 AM

As a former energy efficiency lender, I am writing to respond to “ ‘Forced march’ to heat pumps is bad policy” (Monitor Opinion, Jan. 8).

First, modern air source heat pumps work efficiently into temperatures well below freezing. For ground source (geothermal) heat pumps, which are a good option in New Hampshire with our plentiful groundwater and open space, this is even less of an issue.

On the matter of how the electricity for heat pumps is sourced, it is important to note that most homeowners/business owners will replace their heating systems only when they fail, which is likely to be in the 20- to 30-year range. Undoubtedly the transition of our grid to renewables will accelerate over this period. Better to prepare now.

Further, due to pipeline constraints (or as a negotiating tactic, depending on who you believe) natural gas companies in some markets have started to refuse to add new customers, which presents an obvious dilemma if gas is to be the proposed solution to our energy needs going forward. This reality was left out of the author’s piece.

Lastly, in this era of political hyperbole and fear-mongering, the term “forced march” is completely unnecessary and inappropriate. Hibbard should know better.



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