LG commits to California’s goal of installing 6M heat pumps

LG Electronics USA’s Air Solutions President Chris Ahn (left) with California Energy Commissioner J. Andrew McAllister at the summit in Sacramento, Calif, where LG committed to support the state’s goal of installing 6 million heat pumps by 2030.

Englewood Cliffs-based LG Electronics on Tuesday committed to a series of actions supporting California’s goal to install 6 million electric heat pumps by 2030.

The announcement was made during a landmark two-day summit exploring affordable, reliable and equitable pathways to electrifying buildings in California. The California Energy Commission is leading the state to a 100 percent clean energy future while at the same time LG has a strong commitment to building decarbonization in the state and across the country.

According to LG Electronics North America CEO Thomas Yoon, home electrification represents a major inflection point for LG as the company is transformed into a smart life solutions company over the next several years.

To help California achieve its goal of installing 6 million heat pumps by 2030, LG Electronics committed to expand manufacturing capacity, collaborate with the California Energy Commission (CEC) to bring heat pumps into the mainstream, and maximize efficiency/load flexibility to ensure that heat pumps are good citizens of the electric grid.

LG was joined by other leading manufacturers of home comfort and water heating equipment agreeing to support California’s aggressive electric heat pump goals.

“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 climate and comfort,” the CEC’s lead commissioner on energy efficiency, J. Andrew McAllister, said. He applauded LG for “stepping up to strengthen California’s ability to deliver on our goal to install 6 million heat pumps over the next six years.”

Embracing California’s noteworthy climate goals, Yoon underscored the significance of heat pump technology for home electrification and more.

“At LG, we see heat pump products as integral parts of a smart home ecosystem, complementing connected appliances and, equally important, the integration of energy storage and energy management with advanced software and platforms,” Yoon said. “The market transformation enabled by heat pump technologies will be accelerated by delivering on the long-awaited promise of the smart home, coupled with today’s emphasis on a zero-carbon lifestyle.”

LG Electronics USA executives attending the summit include Air Solutions President Chris Ahn, Air Conditioning Technologies Senior Vice President Steven Scarbrough and Home Appliance Vice President Brandt Varner.