GEO 2012 Legislative Fly In

The Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) Board of Directors converged on Washington, DC on Feb. 28-March 1 for the association’s Second Annual Legislative Fly In. In attendance were Vice Chairman Tom Huntington (WaterFurnace), Steve Smith (Enertech), Phil Schoen (Geo-Enterprises), Keith Swilley (Gulf Power-Southern Co.), and Chris Mays (Emerson). They were joined by GEO members; President and CEO Doug Dougherty; staff members John Kelly and Ted Clutter; Ed Krenik and Scott Segal (Bracewell Giuliani); and Heather Podesta and Benjamin Klein (Heather Podesta + Partners).

Prior to the group’s Capitol Hill visits on March 1, Dougherty visited two federal agencies that have become more involved in the promotion and deployment of geothermal heat pump technology. He met with staff at the General Services Administration (GSA), which has retrofitted GHPs in several rehabilitated federal buildings. GEO is offering technical assistance on a variety of related issues for GSA, including operations and maintenance specifications and job requirements for certain work classifications.

Dougherty also visited the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), to discuss legislation passed late last year that requires the agency to produce a strategic plan for greater deployment of GHPs. In addition, Doug met with DOE staff to discuss the growing interest in helping electric utilities use On-Bill Financing for GHP loops installed by small businesses. “I’m pleased that DOE, GSA and others have embraced GHPs as a proven technology to significantly reduce the thermal loads of buildings in the United States,” said Dougherty.

GEO members attending the 2012 Legislative Fly In arrived from across the country to help carry the industry’s messages to Capitol Hill. They included Steve DiBeradine (Strategic Energy Solutions); Scott Emory (Bowman Geothermal); Dick Hottel, Mark Hottel, and Warren Linnerooth (Harvey M. Hottel,Inc.); Carl Orio (Water Energy Distributors); Carrie Smith and Marc Eckels (Sound Geothermal); and Tom Smith (Endurant Energy). “Member participation was the key to our Fly In success,” said Dougherty. “Their help and experiences really brought home our positive story to the legislators they visited.” GEO Fly In participants met with the following senators, representatives and/or staff on March 1:

U.S. Senate and House of Representatives Offices Visited During 2012 GEO Fly In



House of Representatives

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO)
Sen. Lisa Cantwell (D-WA)
Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-MD)
Sen. Daniel Coats (R-IN)
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK)
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)
Sen. Orin Hatch (R-UT)
Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK)
Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD)
Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL)
Sen. Michael Lee (R-UT)
Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI)
Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN)
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)
Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL)
Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
Sen. John Thune (R-SD)
Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO)
Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)
Sen. Jim Webb (D-V

Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)
Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK)
Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD)
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ)
Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO)
Rep. Frank Guinta (R-NH)
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH)
Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT)
Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL)
Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD)
Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI)
Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL)
Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN)
Rep. John Sullivan (R-OK)
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA)