Advocacy

Illinois Legislature Sends GEO Bill to Governor Quinn

The Illinois General Assembly has passed language sponsored by the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) that removes impediments to the promotion and financing of geothermal heat pump (GHP) installations within the state. SB 1603 was amended in the Illinois House of Representatives to include the GEO-crafted language, followed by approval of the full Senate on May […]

GEO Legislation Sent to Illinois Governor

The Illinois General Assembly has passed language sponsored by the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) that removes impediments to the promotion and financing of geothermal heat pump (GHP) installations within the state. SB 1603 was amended in the Illinois House of Representatives to include GEO-crafted language, followed by approval of the full Senate on May 30. […]

Maine Thermal Energy Legislation Moves Forward

Legislation has been introduced in the Maine Senate that would include geothermal heat pumps as a qualifying technology to satisfy the requirements of the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). Sponsored by Sen. Troy Jackson, the bill is LD 1507, an “Act to Include Useful Thermal Energy as a Renewable Energy Source.” The legislation provides that […]

New York State Geo Sales Tax Bill

The New York State Senate and Assembly have proposed legislation that would amend current law to exempt sellers and purchasers of geothermal heating and cooling systems from sales and use taxes for materials (labor involved in such installations is already exempt from taxation). The bills would mandate sales and use tax breaks similar to those […]

Massachusetts Thermal Legislation Update

The Massachusetts Renewable Thermal Coalition continues to broaden its support for legislation that would expand the market for thermal energy in the Commonwealth. State Sen. Barry Finegold introduced coalition-crafted legislation in January that would add thermal renewable energy (including geothermal heat pumps) to the state’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard. The coalition is comprised of geothermal […]

CTGEO Testifies for Connecticut Geo Legislation

Guy Wanegar, President of the Connecticut Geothermal Association (CTGEO), testified before the Energy & Technology Committee on House Bill 6535, an Act Redefining Class I Renewable Energy Sources. CTGEO supports the legislation, and believes that it provides revenue opportunities that Connecticut residents need to offset the relatively high capital costs associated with geothermal heat pump system installations. These capital costs ...Read More

GEO Legislation Advances in Illinois

The Illinois Senate Energy Committee passed SB 2365, on a vote of 16-0. It now advances to the full Senate. Written by the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO), the legislation would make changes to the Illinois Power Agency Act (IPPA) and ultimately allow public utilities to utilize both the renewable energy and energy efficiency attributes of […]