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AFE 2022: Thermalize Juneau 2021: Deploying Ductless Heat Pumps in Alaska’s Capital
February 10 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Ductless heat pumps, a type of air source heat pump, have a large potential to reduce carbon footprint and energy costs in Juneau. Building on the success of several Alaska solarize campaigns as well as previous and on-going air source heat pump educational and research programs in Juneau, Alaska’s first ‘thermalize campaign’ was launched in early 2021. The Thermalize goal was to reduce heating costs for residents and help Juneau move towards its city-adopted goal of reaching 80% renewable energy for all economic sectors by 2045. The 164 registrants in the program learned about ductless heat pumps and other home efficiency measures through one-on-one home energy assessments and professional energy audits. Thermalizers were also able to access a bulk purchase discount and simplified installation and procurement process if they felt a ductless heat pump and/or efficiency improvements were right for their home.
In this presentation, we will provide attendees with an overview of the history and present state of solarize campaigns in Alaska as well as Juneau’s ongoing programs to promote heat pump adoption. Then, we will cover Thermalize Juneau 2021 in detail, including what the program offered, the program’s timeline and preliminary results, and initial lessons learned. Finally, attendees will learn about the next steps for Thermalize Juneau, recommendations made to those involved in the campaign, and what resources are currently available to communities thinking of forming their own energy campaign.
Vanessa Stevens, Building Scientist, Cold Climate Housing Research Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Jamie Hansen, Principal Consultant and CEO, Information Insights
Andy Romanoff, Executive Director, Alaska Heat Smart
Moderator: Allison Payne, AECOM Environmental Geologist