Chairman’s Message: Geothermal Stands on Its Merits

By Steve Smith, GEO Chairman of the Board President and CEO, Enertech Global The Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) and the geothermal heat pump (GHP) industry welcome the New Year with optimism, especially after coming off a very strong 2014. Cold weather made for a slow start, but business picked up strongly for the rest of […]

Geothermal Will Be Hot in 2014

The Stars are Aligning for a Strong Year for the Commercial Geothermal Industry The outlook for the commercial geothermal industry in 2014 is very positive. I’ve been around long enough to recognize when good things are happening in an industry, and that’s the case in the geothermal market. There’s a better appreciation than ever before […]

Geothermal Boreholes Are NOT Wells

Defining Boreholes as Closed Loop Vertical Heat Exchangers vs. Water Wells is Necessary to Foster More Geothermal Heat Pump Installations The geothermal heat pump (GHP) industry prides itself on offering an efficient, environmentally friendly technology for satisfying the thermal loads of buildings. To do so, a GHP system relies on circulating water through pipes placed […]

Say No to Combustion in Buildings

With Geothermal Heat Pump Technologies There’s No Need to Have a Flame in Your Home or Business As kids we were told “don’t play with matches.” The reasoning was simple. But as adults, we ignore this warning and play with fire to heat our homes and office buildings and our laws and policies encourage it. […]

GHPs are Integral to Efficient Electric Markets

As the national trade organization for the U.S. geothermal heat pump industry, the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) believes that a more efficient energy future MUST include a framework for geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) and their production of renewable thermal energy from the ground beneath our feet. Regulators looking for ways to increase the efficiency of […]

Geothermal Heat Pumps, Energy Efficiency and Negawatts

The Lowest Cost Unit of Energy Is One That Is Not Used A recent study by Ceres—”Practicing Risk-Aware Electricity Regulation: What Every State Regulator Needs to Know”—concluded that the least cost and least risk for future energy resources is ENERGY EFFICIENCY. Indeed, the lowest cost unit of energy is one that is not used. U.S. […]

GEO IS the Geothermal Industry

The Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) is the U.S. geothermal heat pump (GHP) industry’s primary political representative, and following are a few of my reasons why. Through its manufacturing members, GEO won the current federal 30% residential and 10% commercial tax credits. Without the residential tax credit, the retrofit market would be non-existent, and without the […]