The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is spending $250 million to fund the acceleration of electric heat pump manufacturing in America. This program is made possible due to President Biden’s utilization of the Defense Production Act (DPA) to increase domestic production of clean energy technologies.
According to the DOE, heat pumps, which transfer heat rather than generate heat, are designed to efficiently heat and cool homes and businesses in all climates. Interested manufacturers can apply for funding if they plan to build new or expand existing production facilities to “efficiently develop more electric heat pump systems, components, and materials in the United States.”
In a recent quote, U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm said, “Electric heat pumps offer a cheaper, more reliable option for heating and cooling that isn’t prone to dramatic price swings and helps to strengthen the nation’s energy independence. President Biden authorized DOE to lead this charge knowing that Americans across the country will feel the benefits — from the manufacturing workers leading development and deployment, to the consumers who will benefits from energy savings.”