During their Strategy Retreat in Oklahoma City, OK on July 29, 2011, the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) Board of Directors and staff considered current issues and especially legislation that can help eliminate the many barriers to widespread adoption of geothermal heat pump (GHP) technologies and industry expansion.
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Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) recently introduced a bill in the U.S. Senate to support geothermal energy development. Among other provisions, the bill directs the Secretary of Energy to establish a program of research, development, demonstration, and commercial application for geothermal heat pumps. Click here for more details.
May 26, - Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced S. 1142 in the U.S. Senate, with co-sponsors Harry Reid (D-NV) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). The legislation offers broad brush support of geothermal energy development, amending the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Besides promoting geothermal power and direct use resources in the United States, the Tester bill recognizes that, "Geothermal ...Read More
Illinois Governor Quinn recently toured the Operating Engineers Local 150 facilities that have been retrofitted with geothermal heat pump systems. Local 150 President James Sweeney indicated that the systems are projected to save over $240,000 annually in utility costs. To view the video of his visit, click here.
On April 19, the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC), with the goal of promoting "mutual interests through cooperation in the field of public outreach for improved understanding of geothermal technologies and their environmental, economic and societal benefits."
On April 15, the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) submitted comments in response to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Quadrennial Technology Review Framing Document, published in the Federal Register March 14, 2011. DOE regularly seeks comments on its mission and program focus.