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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 […]

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 […]