Advocacy

GEO Urges Need for GHPs to Arizona Corporation Commission

Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) President Doug Dougherty joined representatives from two new GEO Members in a Meeting with the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) to urge reinstatement of geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) into utility Arizona Public Service’s (APS) Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, and incorporation of the technology into its Energy Efficiency Program. The “very productive” meeting […]

Colorado Lawmakers Kill Bill to Roll Back RPS Law

In Colorado, Democrats killed a bill that would have reversed a new law that requires large cooperative utilities to get 20% of their power from renewable resources by 2020. Last year’s bill doubling the renewable requirement for cooperatives was strongly opposed by some cooperatives and rural Republicans, who argued that it would drive up electric […]

CaliforniaGeo Speaks to State IEPR

CaliforniaGeo recently issued comments on the California Draft 2013 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR). The document acknowledges geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) in the state energy mix, but the association questions if the California Energy Commission (CEC) has fully complied with AB 2339. The legislation requires the CEC to evaluate and recommend policies and implementation strategies to overcome barriers to GHP ...Read More

GEO Responds to Baucus Energy Tax Reform Proposals

On Dec. 18, Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, unveiled a proposal to overhaul America’s tax code. The staff discussion draft focuses on streamlining energy tax incentives so they are more predictable and technology-neutral.Current law offers 42 different energy tax incentives, including more than a dozen preferences for fossil fuels, ten different incentives for renewable fuels ...Read More

CaliforniaGeo Comments on 2013 Integrated Energy Policy Report

CaliforniaGeo recently filed comments on the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) Draft 2013 Integra-ted Energy Policy Report. State law requires the CEC to conduct assessments and forecasts of all aspects of energy supply, production and infrastructure every two years and an update every other year. The association’s comments in the best interests of the geothermal heat […]

GEO Supports Farm Bill Energy Title

The Agriculture Energy Coalition (AgEC), along with 25×25 and the Environmental Law & Policy Center, led a group of 138 organizations in sending a letter urging Congressional conferees to support reauthorization of the Energy Title programs of the Farm Bill for five more years. Signatories included such organizations the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO), the National Farmers Union, the Biotechnology Industry ...Read More

GEO Amendment to Energy Efficiency Bill Introduced

During floor debate, Senators James Inhofe (R-OK) and Tom Carper (D-DE) introduced a GEO-crafted amendment to S. 1392, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013. The comprehensive bipartisan energy efficiency legislation was introduced and co-sponsored by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH). The GEO amendment, which is also strongly advocated […]