Please join the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center for the next episode of EnergySource Innovation Stream. This series highlights new energy technologies with the potential to reshape the global energy system through discussions with companies and individuals working diligently to bring those innovations to market at scale. On Wednesday, October 20 from 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET, the Global Energy Center will host Heather Deese, director of policy and regulatory affairs at Dandelion Energy, who will discuss how geothermal heat pumps can help decarbonize residential buildings, save homeowners money on utility bills, and provide essential grid and household resilience benefits.

Space heating, air conditioning, and water heating are responsible for around 70 percent of US household energy consumption, and buildings generate nearly 15 percent of total US carbon emissions. According to the US Department of Energy, geothermal heat pumps are the most energy-efficient and environmentally friendly option for home heating and cooling. Under the right conditions, geothermal heat pumps can replace traditional air conditioning units, boilers, furnaces, and water heaters, provide substantial cost savings to homeowners, reduce household emissions, and mitigate carbon monoxide risks. Drawing upon the near-constant temperature (~50°F) of the shallow subsurface, electric geothermal heat pumps channel subterranean heat into homes during the winter, and pull heat from buildings and inject into the ground in the summer. In this edition of EnergySource Innovation Stream, Heather Deese will explain how geothermal heat pumps can play an important role in decarbonizing homes, particularly as municipalities and states adopt all-electric building codes and zero-emission standards that will require traditional heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems to be replaced with clean, electric options.

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Heather Deese, Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Dandelion Energy

Heather currently serves as the director of policy & regulatory affairs for Dandelion Energy, a residential geothermal energy company. She comes to the role with twenty five years of experience advancing environmental and clean energy outcomes through scientific research, policy advocacy, and community development. Heather holds a PhD from the University of Maine, an M.S. awarded jointly by MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and a B.S. from Georgetown University.

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