Green Mountain Power Corp,Green Mountain Power kicked off what is believed to be the first utility-sponsored heat pump rental program in the country today, a pilot effort centered in Rutland and intended to save customers money and demonstrate the comfort air-source heat pumps can provide in a cold-weather climate. The rental program includes installation of air-source heat pumps in homes and businesses with no up-front costs for the customer, and is expected to save participants hundreds of gallons of heating fuel and thousands of dollars each year. ‘We believe air-source heat pumps can dramatically change the way Vermonters heat their homes, and reduce economic costs and environmental impacts of burning foreign oil,’GMP President and CEO Mary Powell said. ‘This program will help demonstrate that value, while creating jobs for installers and freeing up customers’cash for other purposes.’ Cold climate heat pumps, also known as mini-split heat pumps, are ductless heating systems that also provide air conditioning during hot weather. Installed in less than a day, a heat pump includes an outdoor unit that works as a heat exchanger, like the compressor in a refrigerator, and is connected with copper tubing to a small interior unit. In cold weather, gas within the copper tubing extracts heat from outdoor air down to temperatures of about 13 below zero, and the warmth is brought inside. In hot weather, the process reverses to cool the building. GMP plans to heat its Energy Innovation Center largely with air-source heat pumps. ‘The pilot is intended to provide support for our expectation of customer and environmental benefits, and help jumpstart this new heating option in Vermont,’said Steve Costello, GMP’s vice president for generation and energy innovation. ‘With our low carbon energy mix, we can slash air emissions from heating, and we expect participating customers will find dramatic improvements in home comfort, both summer and winter.’ Under the pilot program, GMP will pay to install heat pumps in up to 200 customers’homes and small businesses, and rent them to the property owners for $45 to $50 per month. GMP plans to focus on enrollment in Rutland and surrounding towns, though other customers may also participate. Customers interested in enrolling in the pilot, or who would like more information, may call Bruce Bentley at (802) 345-6470, Kirk Shields at (802) 770-4246 or Amanda Beraldi at (802) 353-9241 in the Energy Innovation Center. Through a heat pump summit last fall and a program with Efficiency Vermont and NeighborWorks of Western Vermont to package weatherization with heat pump incentives, GMP has developed relationships with numerous installers in the HVAC, plumbing and home performance industries. Six models are available through two manufacturers, Mitsubishi and Daikin. About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power (www.greenmountainpower.com(link is external)) generates, transmits, distributes and sells electricity in the state of Vermont. The company, which serves more than 250,000 customers, has set its vision to be the best small utility in America.
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Witnesses said Sutcliffe was sitting in a chair in front of the tire shop reading when the gunman shot her in the face, according to the Ventura County Star. Livingstone told the Los Angeles Times that police were ruling out robbery and instead focusing their investigation on possible personal motives. Dani Alley, who lives near the tire shop, said she went to the shop to investigate the commotion after the shooting, and saw officials covering the woman’s body with a sheet. Simi Valley Hospital officials identified the wounded as Henry John Heeber IV, 37, and Albert Ramirez, 20. Ramirez was listed in serious condition after surgery for a stomach wound, hospital spokesman Jeremy Brewer said. Heeber was treated for gunshot wounds in both arms, and was in fair condition, Brewer said. Heeber was franchise owner of the tire shop, Stephan Longo, director of marketing for Am-Pac/Tire Pros, told the Times. “We have no idea who this gunman was,” Longo said. “This was not a disgruntled employee.” Livingstone said a gun was found, but he could not confirm whether it was used in the slaying. The tire shop is on a corner lot with a parking lot in front. There was a trail of blood between the tire shop and a shop 100 feet away. Simi Valley is a city of 100,000 that is often classed as one of the safest for its size in America, based on reports of violent and serious crimes. Steve Martinez, an assistant manager at a Jiffy Lube shop near the tire store, said he heard gunfire in the morning. He said he assumed it was a car backfiring because he couldn’t imagine a shooting in the area.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityOfficers responding to reports of a shooting went to the Tire Pros shop about 7:30 a.m. and found a “chaotic” scene, with people lying in the office and garage areas, Sgt. David Livingstone said. Livingstone identified the dead woman as Susan Sutcliffe, 53. Police declined to identify the suspected gunman, who Livingstone said appeared to have died of a self-inflicted wound. Ventura County deputy medical examiner Michael Tellez said the other fatality was Robert Becerra, 29, of Simi Valley. Sutcliffe was also a Simi Valley resident, Tellez said. CRIME: Two are also wounded before gunman apparently commits suicide, police say. By Jacob Adelman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SIMI VALLEY – A gunman shot a woman to death and wounded two men at a tire shop Tuesday, then apparently killed himself, police said.