Advocacy

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 […]

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