Given its first opportunity to participate in the Illinois Renewable Energy Conference, the Geothermal Alliance of Illinois (GAOI) joined the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) and its members to fulfill a day-long track of geothermal heat pump (GHP) presentations at the Illinois Renewable Energy Conference on July 16 at Illinois State University, Normal, IL.
Attended by more than 250, the event was coordinated by the Center for Renewable Energy, Illinois State University. Partners included the Illinois Wind Working Group, Illinois Solar Energy Association, the Geothermal Alliance of Illinois, the Illinois Biomass Working Group, the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, and Western Illinois University.
Admirals Bank supports renewable energy by offering financing for residential geothermal ground source heat pump (GHPs) systems. Installing a GHP benefits the environment—and saves money. Renewable geothermal energy is among the most efficient home heating and cooling systems available, and its popularity is increasing faster than wind and solar.
“We understand that although homeowners want this technology, the upfront cost can be a burden,” said Loan Officer Don Fasulo. “That’s where we can help. Unlike most banks and credit unions, Admirals Bank has tailored a suite of loan products that directly utilize government rebates and tax incentives to give geothermal customers the highest possible return on their investment.”
Clean Energy Ambassadors (CEA) works to share winning strategies for energy efficiency and renewable energy development at community-owned utilities. CEA sees the Great Plains region as its home base, but it is also working with communities nationwide. The program is all about developing leadership, taking a broad view, and fostering productive public participation in energy efficiency and renewable energy development. CEA’s June Webinar focused on The Cost Effectiveness of Geothermal Loop Systems: “Wondering if your utility can afford to pursue energy efficient programs such as the use of geothermal loop programs? Hear from geothermal loop expert Paul Bony (ClimateMaster) on how to overcome the cost prohibitive nature of geothermal loops by allowing customers to take advantage of the savings without the high upfront costs that make this system unaffordable for most utility customers.” Visit the webinar recording here.
The Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) will present a Public Policy Workshop on Thursday, Oct. 16 in cooperation with the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) at its 2014 Technical Conference & Expo in Baltimore, MD. Guest speakers will provide valuable tips on making your voice heard in Washington, DC and across the country to regulatory agencies and state and local government officials. The workshop is open to all participants at the IGSHPA 2014 Conference.
In a much anticipated proposed rulemaking, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set forth a plan to slash carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions 30% from existing power plants nationwide by 2030. “By leveraging cleaner energy sources and cutting energy waste, this plan will clean the air we breathe while helping slow climate change so we can leave a safe and healthy future for our kids,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.
The administration claims the rulemaking under Section 111d of the Clean Air Act will ultimately spur innovation and create jobs. Power plants account for roughly a third of all U.S. CO2 emissions. While the Clean Air Act and enforcement regulations limit how much arsenic, mercury, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and particulate pollution that power plants can emit, they currently set no federal limits on CO2 releases.