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Vermont program could grow to meet heat pump boom

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Money fromVermont's statewide energy efficiency program could be used to install electricheat pumps under legislation endorsed by the Vermont Senate.

Efficiency Vermont traditionally usedmoney raised through a charge on electric bills to help people install moreefficient lighting, appliances and business equipment.

The bill given preliminary approval Fridaywould let the program use money both to support installation of the heat pumpsand for insulation in the homes where they're being installed.

Sen. Mark MacDonald, who described the measure to hiscolleagues, says there are worries that without the efficiency support, thegrowing popularity of the new generation of heat pumps could raise costs bycausing increased demand on the power grid.

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