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 […]

GEO Comments on EPA 111(d) Proposed Rulemaking

Why GHPs Should be a Carbon Reduction Offset for Coal-Fired Power Plants The Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging that renewable thermal energy and geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) be recognized in its proposed rulemaking under Section 111(d) of the U.S. Clean Air Act to cut carbon pollution […]

GEO Signs Coalition Letter Urging Tax Extenders Passage

The Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) has joined hundreds of association signatories to a letter sent by the Broad Tax Extenders Coalition to Congress, urging passage of “tax extenders bills” already passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and under consideration by the U.S. Senate. The bills would reinstate and extend several tax incentives that expired […]

GEO at IGSHPA 2014 Conference & Expo

More than 500 attendees enjoyed the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) 2014 Technical Conference & Expo at the Balti-more Convention Center and Hilton Hotel in Baltimore, MD on October 15-16. Besides training courses, this year’s conference tracks included Utility, Commercial/ Institutional, Marketing, Technical Innovations, a DOE Panel Discussion, and Industry Association Updates. The […]

IGSHPA 2014 – Smooth Sailing for GeoExchange’s Future?

Special to GEO, by Scott Emery, Maevelle Energy Will future winds put the geoexchange industry in irons, running or somewhere in between? You can’t come to the Chesapeake region without thinking about sailing. And if you have ever spent a day sailing the Chesapeake Bay, you know that the direction the wind blows can make […]