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Tax Extenders Bill Sent to Obama

At the last moment of their lame-duck session, the U.S. Senate passed a “tax extenders” bill and sent the measure to President Obama for signature. The legislation extends several business tax breaks through the end of this year (2014). For the past several months, the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) has actively urged passage of federal […]

Suffolk County Announces First Uniform Geo Code in New York State

Upon its inception, the Long Island Geothermal Energy Organization (LI-GEO) recognized the critical need for standardization of geothermal system designs and installations. One of several committees established early on in the organization’s history was for Standards and Codes. Independently, the Suffolk County Planning Commission (SCPC) decided to develop a fast-track permitting process for geothermal systems […]

Massachusetts Offers Geothermal Heat Pump Incentives

As rulemaking for the state’s new thermal renewable energy law proceeds (see previous article), the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) recently added another round of incentives for homeowners interested in the efficiency and comfort afforded by geothermal heating and cooling. MassCEC offers rebates of up to $12,500—based on system size—to eligible homeowners who install qualifying […]

Oregon Allows Open-Loop Geothermal

The Oregon Department of Energy has filed permanent rules for the state’s Residential Energy Tax Credit program. The rule amendments go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015. Among other things, the rules allow open-loop geothermal heat pump systems. The rules also modify the tax credit chart and consolidate eligible costs into one section for all […]

GEO at IGSHPA 2014 Conference & Expo

More than 500 attendees enjoyed the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) 2014 Technical Conference & Expo at the Balti-more Convention Center and Hilton Hotel in Baltimore, MD on October 15-16. Besides training courses, this year’s conference tracks included Utility, Commercial/ Institutional, Marketing, Technical Innovations, a DOE Panel Discussion, and Industry Association Updates. The […]

IGSHPA 2014 – Smooth Sailing for GeoExchange’s Future?

Special to GEO, by Scott Emery, Maevelle Energy Will future winds put the geoexchange industry in irons, running or somewhere in between? You can’t come to the Chesapeake region without thinking about sailing. And if you have ever spent a day sailing the Chesapeake Bay, you know that the direction the wind blows can make […]

NY-GEO Comments on Empire State’s REV Clean Energy Plan

The New York Department of Public Service first proposed its Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative in April to head off aging electric infrastructure, low load growth, and new peak demand with a plan that envisions new technologies helping traditional utilities face the future. REV is aimed at changing New York’s regulatory regime in ways […]