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Vermont Considers Measure to Bolster Its Renewables Standard

Vermont legislators will consider a measure to stop utilities from getting credit both for developing solar or wind projects and also for the renewable credits received from out-of-state sales. The bill, H.40, has begun its journey through the legislative process in the Vermont House of Representatives’ Natural Resources and Energy Committee.

New York City Council Geothermal Bill

New York Councilman Costa Constantinides introduced a bill to establish a series of guidelines for commercial and residential use of geothermal energy, and to build a directory of city buildings that might be best suited for geothermal (boreholes). By reducing the use of fossil fuels for heating, the city could significantly cut greenhouse emissions as […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]