Efficiency Maine is offering extra funding to smaller municipalities to pay for heat pump installations.
The Minnesota city has made significant investments in its aging district energy system, adding natural gas boilers and replacing steam pipes with hot water loops.
Increased involvement by local and state officials led to efficiency gains, prompting pushback from the building industry.
A voluntary benchmarking program launched a few years ago hasn’t caught on with commercial building owners, so city leaders want to make it mandatory.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker cited the potential impact on affordable housing as a reason for his veto of a major climate bill.