Illinois News

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 Presents at the Illinois Renewable Energy Conference

Given its first opportunity to participate in the Illinois Renewable Energy Conference, the Geothermal Alliance of Illinois (GAOI) joined the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) and its members to fulfill a day-long track of geothermal heat pump (GHP) presentations at the Illinois Renewable Energy Conference on July 16 at Illinois State University, Normal, IL. Attended by […]

ComEd Must Expand Efficiency Efforts Beyond Light Bulbs and Coloring Books

Commonwealth Edison, Illinois’ largest utility, must beef up its energy efficiency programs, according to the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC). The ICC directed ComEd to boost its savings target by 25,000 megawatt-hours per year, or 4%, over a proposed plan. Even with the ICC’s increased target, ComEd will miss the 2% sales cut by mid-2015 as […]

4th Annual Illinois Geothermal Conference

The Geothermal Alliance of Illinois (GAOI) will convene its 4th Annual Illinois Geothermal Conference on March 10-12 at the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center in Bloomington, IL. The event begins with a preconference seminar on proper HVAC/geo system sizing and duct sizing and design. Jerry Faw of Adtek is the primary instructor. Joining Jerry will be Brian Kumer of Thermal ...Read More

Fight Continues on Illinois Setbacks for Closed Loop Boreholes

In mid-October, the Illinois Joint Committee on Legislative Rules approved a regulation proposed by the state Department of Public Health that mandates a 50-ft. setback for vertical geothermal closed-loop boreholes from sewer lines. “Though the ruling allows for variances from the setback,” said Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) President Doug Dougherty, “they cost drillers and geothermal loop field installers time and ...Read More

GEO Wins Delay in Illinois Rulemaking

Letters from the Geothermal Alliance of Illinois and the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) in Illinois have successfully gained a 45-day extension prior to a final rulemaking on regulation of the drilling industry in the state. The extra time will allow a workshop for interested parties to recommend […]

Governor Quinn Signs GEO Thermal Definition into Law

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed SB 1603 into law. The legislation contains language sponsored by the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) that removes impediments to the promotion and financing of geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) in the state. For complex reasons, the GEO language amends the Illinois Finance Authority Act, the Illinois Power Agency Act and […]