Advocacy

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 […]

Geo Industry Striving for Inclusion

For several years, the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) and several geothermal manufacturers have been working to include geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) in the federal definition of clean energy, and they are hoping this could be the year it finally happens. After receiving support on both sides of Congress, GEO president and CEO Doug Dougherty said […]

Gov. Patrick Signs Landmark Legislation Promoting Geothermal in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) has signed into law a comprehensive renewable thermal energy bill that promises to promote clean renewable fuels and technologies for heating and cooling buildings. The State Senate unanimously passed S.2214 on June 19, and the House of Representatives on Aug. 1. The new law will go into effect on Jan. […]

Arizona Advocates Continue Push for Utility GHP Incentive Program

Geothermal heat pump advocates in Arizona led by new GEO Member Green Earth Energy & Environmental, Inc. followed up a personal meeting on April 18 with state Corporation Commissioner Susan Bitter Smith with a definitive letter, stating their needs and reasoning for a reimplementation of geothermal incentive funds. Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) President Doug Dougherty […]