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USDA Funds Renewable and Energy Efficiency Projects

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $68 million in 540 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide. The funding is provided through the agency’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). REAP was created by the 2008 Farm Bill and was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. The program investments—largely in solar but including […]

GEO Champions Loop Leasing in New Home Developments

Geothermal heat pumps are efficient and last 100 years or more, but home-builders are hesitant to install the systems for a number of reasons. That’s changing, however, as large-scale housing developments across the country and major retailers begin large geothermal projects. Up-front costs are one of the main issues that trade groups like the Geothermal […]

GEO Leads Effort to Amend Illinois Regulatory Policy for GHPs

The Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO), Geothermal Alliance of Illinois and ComEd are collaborating to amend the Illinois Technical Reference Manual (TRM) used by Illinois’ electric utilities to determine the efficiency of geothermal heat pumps (GHPs). “We changed state law last year to redefine energy efficiency as the reduction of energy consumed for an end use, […]

GEO Meets with Nevada Energy Officials

Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) Outreach Manager Ted Clutter and GEO Member representative Paul Bony (ClimateMaster) met with Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy Director Paul Thomsen and Energy Efficiency Specialist David Gibson. Nevada claims a high level of geothermal development, including high-temperature power, direct uses from hot water aquifers, and geothermal heat pumps. Thomsen explained that […]

CGEC Assessment Tallies GHP Energy Advantages

Recognizing that geothermal energy for heating and cooling homes and buildings has been largely ignored in state policy, the California Energy Commission (CEC) released a major study in late July from the California Geothermal Energy Collaborative (CGEC – UC Davis) — Assessment of California’s Low Temperature Geothermal Resources: Geothermal Heat Pump Efficiencies by Region. The […]

NY-GEO to Represent Geothermal Heat Pump Interests Across the Empire State

In early August, geothermal heat pump (GHP) stakeholders put the finishing touches on a new trade association that promises to increase market penetration and sales across New York State—the New York Geothermal Energy Organization (NY-GEO). “Our intent is to play an active role in quality assurance for the industry while raising the profile of GHPs […]

California Releases Geothermal Heat Pump Evaluation Report

At the end of July, the California Energy Commission (CEC) released its Staff Paper, Geothermal Heat Pump and Ground Loop Technologies. The report provides a brief overview of the technology, and details the barriers faced by the geothermal heat pump (GHP) industry. It also provides proposed solutions suggested by industry and CEC staff responses. Assembly […]