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GEO Applauds EPA Action on Energy Star Proposed Most Efficient Criterion

Since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched its Energy Star Most Efficient pilot program in May 2011, manufacturers of energy consuming goods have offered a number of products that achieved the designation. The agency is extending the Most Efficient of Energy Star pilot program through the 2012 calendar year. While EPA intends to maintain […]

S. 1142 Geothermal Bill Passes Committee

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee cleared S.1142, the Geothermal Exploration and Technology Act, to the full Senate. Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) is optimistic that the chamber will take up the measure in next year’s legislative session. S. 1142 was introduced by Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), with sponsorship by Committee Ranking Member Lisa […]

GEO Takes the Lead on a Growing Trend

On-Bill Financing—an innovative tool that allows customers to pay for energy efficiency investments though their utility bills—is becoming more available at the state level across the country. Details are included in a new study, On-Bill Financing for Energy Efficiency Improvements: A Review of Current Program Challenges, Opportunities, and Best Practices. Released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), ...Read More

GEO Focus on the States

The Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) is increasingly turning its attention to the States in its quest to enhance and expand the geothermal heat pump industry. “Advocacy at the federal level is important to our members,” said GEO President and CEO Doug Dougherty, “but much can also be accomplished at the state level.” This is especially […]

GEO Attends NARUC

Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) President and CEO Doug Dougherty attended the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ 123rd Annual Meeting in St. Louis, MO on Nov. 13-16. It was the first time GEO was represented at the NARUC event. “GEO has seen more and more states setting Renewable Energy Standards,” said Dougherty. “We need to […]

Win for GEO! Sanders On-Bill Financing Amendment Passes Senate and House

The Sanders amendment—which directs the Economic Development Administration to spend $1 million on a new pilot program to support innovative, utility-administered energy efficiency programs for small businesses—has cleared the Senate and House in a "minibus" appropriations bill for agency funding. The amendment encourages utilities to offer On-Bill Financing to small business owners for geothermal heat pump system installations. The measure ...Read More

GEO’s Schoen Testifies for On-Bill Financing

GEO Board of Directors Member Phil Schoen (Geo-Enterprises - Tulsa, OK) testified in Washington, DC on Oct. 13 before the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works' Subcommittee on Green Jobs and the New Economy at their hearing, "Innovative Practices to Create Jobs and Reduce Pollution." The subcommittee is chaired by Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT). Senators in attendance included ...Read More