Regional News

GEO Introduces GHP Legislation in Illinois

The Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) has introduced Senate Bill 2365 in the Illinois General Assembly. Sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Don Harmon (D-Oak Park), the legislation would amend the Illinois Power Agency Act and the Illinois Finance Act to include references to reduction of thermal load in their definitions of “energy efficiency” and “renewable […]

GEO Supports Massachusetts Thermal Energy Addition to APS

On Jan. 17, Massachusetts Sen. Barry Finegold introduced, legislation that would add thermal renewable energy to the state's Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard. The bill was crafted over the past several weeks by The Massachusetts Renewable Thermal Coalition, a group of state geothermal associations, energy companies, fuel suppliers and forest products companies. The Geothermal Exchange Organization is a member of the ...Read More

GEO Sponsors Touchstone Energy Student Geothermal Video Contest

Nearly $60,000 is up for grabs for high juniors and seniors with the Go Go Geo Scholarship Video Challenge, to be officially announced on Jan. 7, 2013. Through video and social media, students have a unique opportunity to showcase creativity and compete for scholarships and grants for their schools. Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives are the title sponsor, with co-sponsors Geothermal Exchange ...Read More

GEO Helps Local Effort on North Carolina Drilling Rules

With the support of the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) in May, a group of geothermal industry supporters led by the North Carolina Plumbing and Mechanical Association were successful in bringing about changes to drilling rules in the state. The changes satisfy the concerns of the state for water quality, and allow continued installation of geothermal heat pump systems.

GEO Weighs in on Oregon RETC Program

The Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) provided comments to the Oregon Department of Energy on its proposed changes to the state's Residential Energy Tax Credit (RETC) Program. GEO President and CEO Doug Dougherty thanked the state and department for their longstanding support of energy efficiency and for geothermal heat pumps through the financial incentives offered by your RETC Program.

California Geo Well Standards Project

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is soliciting broad participation from potential stakeholders for its Geothermal Heat Exchange Well Standards Update. Your input will be invaluable to their efforts in revising the standard for California, which is hoped to facilitate more installations of geothermal heat pumps across the state. DWR’s update of the GHEW […]

GEO Making Strides in Illinois

During the past month, Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) President Doug Dougherty and GEO’s Illinois advocacy team convened a series of meetings with Illinois utility representatives and public policy officials to determine the best strategy for expanding the state’s current Energy Efficiency Port-folio Standard (EEPS) to include geothermal heat pumps (GHPs). “Everyone we meet with agrees […]