GEO Pledges Assistance to Arizona

Several geothermal heat pump (GHP) businesses and interests in Arizona recently reached out to the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) for technical assistance to help them expand state’s definition of renewable energy to include the technology.

“Commissioner Bob Burns of the Arizona Corporation Commission late last year opened a Docket (E-00000J-13-0375) to explore ‘Innovation and Technical Developments’ that could impact the state’s current energy model,” explains GEO President Doug Dougherty. “GEO believes this is a door opener for our industry. We plan to submit formal comments either directly or through our new friends in the state.”

In addition, Arizona Public Service Company—the largest electric provider in Arizona— is required to submit an annual update to their Renewable Energy Standard, and the current open Docket (E-01345A-13-0140) requests no change to that standard. “GEO believes there is an opportunity to include GHPs in their standard,” said Dougherty.

“We get excited when a local group of interested companies initiate changes to existing state policies that encourage deployment of GHP technology” he said. “We’ve already sent supporting documents to our local champions in Arizona, and stand ready to give additional technical assistance.”