GEO Washington Fly-In

The Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) Board of Directors, with GEO staff and members of the group’s Bracewell & Giuliani advocacy team, staged a Fly-In to Washington, DC on Sept. 30, followed by a Board of Directors meeting on Oct. 1 (box, pg.3). Boots on the ground included Board Chairman Steve Smith (Enertech Global LLC) , Dan Ellis (Comfortworks), Tim Litton ...Read More

GEO Board Expanded, Utility Dues Slashed

During its meeting on Oct. 1 in Washington, DC, the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) Board of Directors confirmed by unanimous vote that new ClimateMaster President and CEO Richard Aldridge will replace Dan Ellis on the Board. Mr. Aldridge has expressed his strong desire to be an active participant with GEO. The Board then unanimously voted to expand the Board from ...Read More


EPA Won’t Increase Geothermal Efficiency Levels for Energy Star Rating

Good news for the U.S. geothermal heat pump industry. The Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) recently learned that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will not be increasing the efficiency standards for geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) listed in the Energy Star Program. Over the past several months GEO President and CEO Doug Dougherty has participated in several discussions with EPA staff regarding ...Read More

Maryland PSC Order Redefines Energy Efficiency

Aug. 5 – A Maryland Public Service Commission decision in late-July set a 2% energy efficiency goal by 2020 for the five largest utilities in the state. The goal puts the state in the lead for energy efficiency targets. The order gives utilities 5 years to reach the target.“Maryland regulators found the lifecycle cost of a kilowatt-hour (kWh) for efficiency ...Read More

GEO Speaks at IGSHPA

Editor’s Note – The following is an edited version of a Keynote Address by Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) Chairman Steve Smith (Enertech Global) on Oct. 7 at the Opening Session of the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) 2015 Conference & Expo in Kansas City, MO.What I bring to you today is a message of strength and unity. As ...Read More

GEO Presents at IGSHPA

Along with a keynote address by Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) Board Chairman Steve Smith (Enertech), over a third of technical and other presentations at the IGHSPA 2015 Conference & Expo were provided by members of the GEO. These included the following sessions presented by representatives of the GEO Board of Directors and researchers working directly with the association:Whisper Valley District ...Read More

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Washington Update

July 14 – The Senate Finance Committee plans to mark up a bill on July 21 to extend corporate tax benefits that expired in 2014 and those that will expire at the end of this year, including those that benefit the geothermal heat pump (GHP) industry. Among other things, they include:Bonus depreciation that allows additional first-year depreciation deduction of 50% ...Read More