Advocacy

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 […]

GEO Working to Reinstate Federal Bonus Depreciation for Geothermal Heat Pumps

Through its Washington, DC activist team at Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP, the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) is actively supporting “tax extenders bills” that are now under consideration by the U.S. House of Representatives and in the U.S. Senate. The bills would reinstate and extend several tax incentives that expired last year. According to GEO President […]

“Credit Where Credit Is Due” in Massachusetts

Renewable fuels to heat and cool buildings have many virtues, but their use for this purpose is distressingly low. Fuels such as biomass, biogas, and liquid biofuels—as well as geothermal, solar heating, and ocean thermal systems—can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, stabilize volatile energy costs, increase local jobs, and keep consumer energy spending local. Despite these […]

GEO’s State Advocacy Efforts Continue to Grow

Recent advocacy successes by the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) at the state level appear to be snowballing as a two-year effort to change the way geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) are regulated in Illinois rolls toward a successful conclusion. With the Geothermal Alliance of Illinois, GEO has submitted final draft revisions to the Technical Resource Manual […]