GEO 2012 Legislative Fly In

The Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) Board of Directors converged on Washington, DC on Feb. 28-March 1 for the association's Second Annual Legislative Fly In. In attendance were Vice Chairman Tom Huntington (WaterFurnace), Steve Smith (Enertech), Phil Schoen (Geo-Enterprises), Keith Swilley (Gulf Power-Southern Co.), and Chris Mays (Emerson). They were joined by GEO members; President and CEO Doug Dougherty; staff members ...Read More

GEO Testimony on Maryland SB 652 REPS – Geothermal Heating & Cooling

The following is testimony submitted by Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) President and CEO Doug Dougherty to the Maryland Senate on March 7, 2012. The recently introduced SB 652 would include geothermal heating and cooling in the state's Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (REPS), making geothermal heat pumps eligible for utility Renewable Energy Credits under the mandate. "The Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) ...Read More

Become a Supporting Organization of an ACORE International Tour on Community Prosperity – March 27 & 29

ACORE Sustainable Ways to Communities Prosperity Discussions The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) will be holding two Sustainable Ways to Communities Prosperity Discussions as part of our ongoing Community Exchange Program. ACORE would like to offer the GeoExchange, to become a supporting organization of our upcoming event. All we ask is that you circulate […]

GEO and Colorado Geo Energy & Heat Pump Association Publish GHP Consumer Confidence Survey

The Colorado Geo Energy and Heat Pump Association(CoGEHPA) joins GEO, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and IGSHPA on developing the first national certification standard for all primary personnel involved in the installation of GHP systems. The standard will be designed to increase customer confidence in the technology, reduce the potential for improperly installed systems, and assure […]

GHPs Need Recognition and Fairness Under Efficiency Rules

Efficiency is America's biggest, cheapest, cleanest, quickest—and mostly untapped—energy resource. Indeed, it could reduce U.S. energy consumption by 40 to 60 percent by 2050. Yet energy efficiency—not the least of which could be fulfilled by geothermal heat pumps (GHPs)—has been largely ignored as a strategy for compliance with air regulations. Public officials (especially at the state level) have so far ...Read More

GEO Washington Update

In early February, Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) President and CEO Doug Dougherty joined the association’s advocacy team for several important meetings in Washington, DC. First among the issues was On Bill Financing (OBF). At the end of 2011, an amendment signed into law mandated a federal pilot program encouraging electric utilities to offer OBF to […]

New California Geo Organization Seeks Legislation Promoting GHPs

California Geo is the working title of an organization that has hit the ground running in the Golden State. "A state geothermal heat pump organization like ours has been sorely needed for quite a long time," said Phil Henry (Geoexchange Solutions, Inc.), who has spearheaded the effort. The group convened an organizing meeting on Jan. 31, to review legislative language ...Read More