Now you’ve heard of sump pumps and bilge pumps, both for getting rid of water you DON'T want. Well, these heat pumps are for bringing in heat that you DO want, or for getting rid of heat in summah.

Heat Pump Blog Posts

Maine's Conversation About Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are an appliance that will be found in more and more Maine homes and businesses as we transition to cleaner energy technologies, such as geo-exchange heat systems. Read on to learn more about them.

Geothermal heat pump system with water-to-air ducting

GEO heat pump with water-to-air ducting, photo courtesy of Water Energy Distributors.

06/22/2011 - 12:43pm

Karen Hamilton at the main office for Maine's community colleges offers a list of the increasing number of courses and programs designed to meet the growing demand for skilled workers in "green" energy technologies. They include:

06/06/2011 - 4:28pm

Our former governor, Angus King, caused quite a stir with his op-ed about the alternatives we have in Maine for using gas and oil in the Sunday Press Herald on June 5, 2011. We re-post it here for our readers.

"Energy choices and the No Free Lunch Principle": Critics of wind power fail to acknowledge that it calls for much smaller economic and ecological trade-offs than any other source.

06/02/2011 - 2:08pm

The DOE's Technical Assistance Program for state, city, county and tribal energy practitioners announces its June webinar schedule, to bring you best practices and technical information to help you in your work. The June webinars will address a range of topics including:

05/24/2011 - 4:26pm

Did you miss a scheduled webinar from the National Renewable Energy Lab's Technical Assistance Program?  Good news: you can still watch them from the archives. Find presentations and supporting materials from past Technical Assistance Webinars for state and local officials on state policies, analysis tools, and financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. 

05/22/2011 - 10:26pm

The Renewable Energy World Conference and Expo North America needs speakers!  The conference will be held February 14 to the 16 in 2012 in Long Beach, California.

01/01/2011 - 6:54pm

Welcome to Maine’s conversation about heat pumps.  There are a couple of different types of heat pumps, and they all work on the same principle: a backwards refrigerator.  In the same way that a refrigerator compressor takes the heat out of the food inside it and sends it outside, a heat pump can concentrate the heat from water or air and send it where it is needed to heat our b

12/31/2010 - 4:39pm

[The following is a guest post by Fred Greenhalgh of ReVision Energy of Portland.  It is ReVision Energy's response to the REACh (Residential Energy Assistance Challenge) report brought forward by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, cited by the Bangor Daily News and other local papers, about the dubious performance of some renewable energy systems installed with public fun