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GEO Continues Push for State Actions

The Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) is backing efforts in a number of states to change public policies that currently fail to recognize geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) as a renewable source of energy and an efficient way to satisfy the thermal loads of buildings. “I wish we could have a cookie-cutter approach for each state and […]

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NY-GEO Pushes for Geo Tax Credit

The New York Geothermal Energy Organization (NY-GEO) has successfully worked with State Assemblymember Sean Ryan (D – District 149) to introduce Assembly Bill 2177-A, “An act to amend state tax law, establishing a credit for geothermal energy systems.” Sen. Robert Ortt (R-62nd Senate District) introduced identical companion legislation, Senate Bill 2905, on Jan. 30. Starting […]

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Iowa Bill Seeks Bigger Geothermal Heat Pump Tax Credit

Iowa Rep. Dawn Pettengill (R) introduced a bill (HF226) in the Iowa House of Representatives to increase an existing state tax incentive for geothermal heat pump (GHP) installations. Current law allows an individual income tax credit for a GHP system equal to 20% of the federal residential energy efficient property tax credit for GHPs. HF226 […]

Michigan Bill Includes Geothermal Heat Pumps as Renewable Energy

State Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R-66th District) introduced Michigan House Bill No. 5980, which will amend the state’s Renewable Energy Standard— Michigan 2008 PA 295, the “Clean, Renewable, and Efficient Energy Act.” Michigan enacted Public Act 295 in October 2008, requiring the state’s investor-owned utilities, alternative retail suppliers, electric cooperatives and municipal electric utilities to generate […]

GEO Wins Changes to Illinois TRM for Geothermal Heat Pumps

Following its successful effort to legislate recognition of geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) into Illinois renewable and energy efficiency laws, the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) has been directly involved in an eight-month process to win revisions to the state’s Technical Resource Manual (TRM). “There were lots of contentious issues that needed resolution to ensure that GHPs […]

GEO Comments on EPA 111(d) Proposed Rulemaking

Why GHPs Should be a Carbon Reduction Offset for Coal-Fired Power Plants The Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging that renewable thermal energy and geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) be recognized in its proposed rulemaking under Section 111(d) of the U.S. Clean Air Act to cut carbon pollution […]

GEO Signs Coalition Letter Urging Tax Extenders Passage

The Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) has joined hundreds of association signatories to a letter sent by the Broad Tax Extenders Coalition to Congress, urging passage of “tax extenders bills” already passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and under consideration by the U.S. Senate. The bills would reinstate and extend several tax incentives that expired […]