The manufacturers include AO Smith Corp, Carrier, Daikin, Fujitsu, Johnson Controls, Lennox International, LG Electronics, Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US, Rheem Manufacturing Co and Trane Technologies.
The companies have agreed to create manufacturing capacity, enhance efficiency and incorporate load flexibility. They will also collaborate with the California Energy Commission (CEC) to develop a public-private partnership to facilitate policy and market support to bring heat pumps into the mainstream.
“I applaud the vision and dedication of the 10 manufacturers who are stepping up to strengthen California’s ability to deliver on our goal to install six million heat pumps,” said CEC Commissioner J Andrew McAllister, who is the lead commissioner on energy efficiency. “Partnerships with industry are critical in aligning policy and reality. This new commitment will ensure grid-friendly heat pumps are widely available and help consumers understand why they’re the better choice for both comfort and the climate.”
The announcement took place at a two-day summit hosted by the CEC and Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).
More than 1.5 million heat pumps are currently installed throughout California.