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Accelerating US Heat Pump Adoption

CLASP and the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) are collaborating to chart the path to successful heat pump deployment through analysis, thought leadership, and direct state level engagement.

Residential heating and cooling account for 52%1 of US household energy use and 40% of household energy bills

As global temperatures spike to extremes, households need reliable indoor temperature control that does not exacerbate the climate crisis. Replacing one-way air conditioners and furnaces at their end of life with heat pumps – an energy efficient, all-electric indoor space heating and cooling technology – is a big piece of the solution.

Every six seconds a new residential furnace or air conditioner starts up in the US, and that decarbonization opportunity is lost until 2035-2040. Accelerated heat pump deployment is critical for cutting out fossil fuels, improving energy security, and maintaining affordable consumer energy.

Driving the Solutions

In 2022, The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) funded electrification efforts to increase the widespread adoption of heat pumps, with the aim to make climate-friendly home temperature control accessible to all communities – but analyses reveal state action is needed to meet US building decarbonization targets.

CLASP and the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) are collaborating to chart the path to successful heat pump deployment through analysis, thought leadership, and direct state level engagement. Explore our resources below.

Fighting Extreme Temperatures with the Inflation Reduction Act

According to a new report from CLASP and the Regulatory Assistance Project, the IRA funds are insufficient to increase heat pump adoption to the level needed. The research shows that although the IRA is projected to incrementally increase heat pump deployment this decade, complementary state level policies and initiatives could be the key to supercharging heat pumps implementation as a critical climate-solution.

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Additional Resources

State Advocate Factsheet. State level action is the key for supercharging heat pump deployment. This factsheet offers policymakers and advocates recommendations on catalyzing action in their states.

Active Air Conditioner to Heat Pump Policies. Visit the CLASP Policy Resource Center to explore the policies states are using to drive heat pump adoption.

0. Source: EIA RECS 2020

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