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NY-GEO Urges Gov. Cuomo to Sign Geo Bills

July 2 – In June the New York legislature passed income tax creditand sales tax exemption bills for geothermal heat pump (GHP) installations that still await signature by Governor Andrew Cuomo (D). In response, the New York Geothermal Energy Organization (NY-GEO) has started a petition—”Andrew Cuomo: Cut both Energy Bills and Fossil Fuel Pollution by […]

St. Patrick’s Goes Geothermal

June 9 – The $177 million renovation of St. Patrick’s Cathedral—the most extensive in its 136-year history—is being pushed toward completion in time for Pope Francis’ visit to New York City in September. Not the least of its improvements will be an open-loop geothermmal heating and cooling system. The four-year renovation was slated for completion […]

White House Executive Order on Sustainability Includes Geothermal Heat Pumps

The Obama Administration on March 19 issued an Executive Order , “Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade,” that is meant to cut the Federal Government’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40% over the next decade from 2008 levels. And the White House recognizes that geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) are one technology that can help […]

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“Geothermal Loops Back Around”

Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) President and CEO Doug Dougherty joined a “roster of experts” for an article, “Geothermal Loops Back Around,” about the geothermal heat pump (GHP) business in a recent issue of Contracting Business. Their verdict: 2014 was a very good year for growth, despite a significant but temporary decline caused by the extreme […]

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Michigan On-Bill Financing Law

On Dec. 27, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signed HB 5397 into law, providing new financial tools for municipal electric utilities operating in the state to help their customers install distributed generation, electric vehicle charging stations, and energy efficiency technologies—including geothermal heat pump heating and cooling systems.

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Vermont Considers Measure to Bolster Its Renewables Standard

Vermont legislators will consider a measure to stop utilities from getting credit both for developing solar or wind projects and also for the renewable credits received from out-of-state sales. The bill, H.40, has begun its journey through the legislative process in the Vermont House of Representatives’ Natural Resources and Energy Committee.

USDA Announces Geo Funding

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that rural agricultural producers and small business owners can apply for financial resources to purchase and install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements. USDA is making more than $280 million available to eligible applicants through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). The agency is […]