to the Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative
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In response to the recent NYSEG-imposed a moratorium on new natural gas in the Town and Village of Lansing,
HeatSmart Tompkins has launched a groundbreaking program encouraging residents and businesses in the community to switch to heat pumps. At the same time New York State has put in place special incentives for Lansing residents who choose to convert to heat pumps this year. The Tompkins County HeatSmart initiative is serving as a model to expand the grass roots approach to promoting clean energy all over New York State.
"We saw the example that HeatSmart Tompkins initiated a few years ago," said New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Clean Heating and Cooling Group Program Manager Scott Smith. "It was my idea to replicate it around New York State. As of a week ago we have 15 communities in New York, including Tompkins County, that are doing HeatSmart campaigns."
As existing gas customers, both residential and commercial, move to alternative technologies, their portion of the overall capacity of natural gas already being delivered to Lansing will be freed up for new businesses that require natural gas for specific processes they must use. According to Eden, HeatSmart is subcontracted for the commercial and industrial portion of the Lansing program through Tompkins County Area Development (TCAD).
Besides the HeatSmart campaign, the Tompkins County
Business Energy Advisors (BEA) program launched a new initiative earlier this month for Lansing businesses. The BEA program now provides outreach and technical assistance for existing commercial and industrial facilities greater than 10,000 square feet in the natural gas moratorium area. See
here for more information.