GEO, NGWA and NRECA Plan for Growth of GHP Industry
The Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO), the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) recently met in Washington, DC to discuss ways the three organizations could work together to effectively promote expanded use of geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) in rural electric service areas across the country.
“The meeting was extremely productive because all three organizations understand the economic and environmental benefits of GHP technologies” said GEO President and CEO Doug Dougherty. “It is important to recognize the support that electric cooperatives have given the industry dating back to the early 1980s, and given our strengthening relationship with NGWA we all saw the benefits of this collaborative effort.” Since the meeting, a draft scope of work has been developed by the three associations that among other things states the need for:
- Development of improved GHP educational tools for electric cooperatives, including development of an on-line learning platform for electric distribution cooperative employees and board members;
- Coordination of public policy issues at both the state and federal levels; and,
- Publicizing and sharing information about GHP successes by each association’s members.