Regional News

New Rule Requirements for Geothermal Closed Loop Systems

Meeting Notice Revisions of the NC Injection Well Construction Standards (15A NCAC 02C.0200) May 30th 2012 at 5:30pm Outer Banks Home Builders Association 105 W. Airstrip Rd Kill Devil Hills, Dare County NC (252) 449-8232 Effective May 1, 2012, all geothermal closed loop systems are permitted by rule. NCDENR representatives will discuss this and other […]

Geothermal Gains in Vermont

BURLINGTON, Vt., April 23 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today highlighted Vermont’s progress in using geothermal technology to cut heating costs, support jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Investments in geothermal energy will reduce the $350 billion a year that Americans spend to import oil from foreign countries.  In Vermont alone, homeowners and businesses […]

GEO Supports California GHP Bill

In a March 29 letter to Chairman Steven Bradford and Members of the California General Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee, Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) President Doug Dougherty expressed the association’s and industry support for AB 2339, the Renewable Thermal Energy Deployment Act, which directs the California Public Utilities Commission—in consultation with other agencies and stakeholders—to […]

Maryland Geothermal Heat Pump RPS Bill Passes

The Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard - Renewable Energy Credits - Geothermal Heating and Cooling bill has passed the state legislature in Maryland. The bill is a long-awaited first step toward winning recognition by governments and utilities for the renewable thermal energy produced by geo-thermal heat pumps (GHPs). The legislation makes GHPs an accepted technology for utilities to use toward earning ...Read More

GEO Testimony on Maryland SB 652 REPS – Geothermal Heating & Cooling

The following is testimony submitted by Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) President and CEO Doug Dougherty to the Maryland Senate on March 7, 2012. The recently introduced SB 652 would include geothermal heating and cooling in the state's Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (REPS), making geothermal heat pumps eligible for utility Renewable Energy Credits under the mandate. "The Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) ...Read More

New California Geo Organization Seeks Legislation Promoting GHPs

California Geo is the working title of an organization that has hit the ground running in the Golden State. "A state geothermal heat pump organization like ours has been sorely needed for quite a long time," said Phil Henry (Geoexchange Solutions, Inc.), who has spearheaded the effort. The group convened an organizing meeting on Jan. 31, to review legislative language ...Read More

GEO Success for GHPs in Maryland

In late-2011, the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) started work with the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) to change the state’s policy and legislation regarding geothermal heat pumps (GHPs). Following a stakeholders meeting in early December, MEA increased incentive caps for GHP installations from $1,000 to $3,000 for residential units, and $10,000 for commercial units. With several […]