Gov. Patrick Signs Landmark Legislation Promoting Geothermal in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) has signed into law a comprehensive renewable thermal energy bill that promises to promote clean renewable fuels and technologies for heating and cooling buildings. The State Senate unanimously passed S.2214 on June 19, and the House of Representatives on Aug. 1. The new law will go into effect on Jan. […]

GEO Leads Effort to Amend Illinois Regulatory Policy for GHPs

The Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO), Geothermal Alliance of Illinois and ComEd are collaborating to amend the Illinois Technical Reference Manual (TRM) used by Illinois’ electric utilities to determine the efficiency of geothermal heat pumps (GHPs). “We changed state law last year to redefine energy efficiency as the reduction of energy consumed for an end use, […]

GEO Meets with Nevada Energy Officials

Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) Outreach Manager Ted Clutter and GEO Member representative Paul Bony (ClimateMaster) met with Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy Director Paul Thomsen and Energy Efficiency Specialist David Gibson. Nevada claims a high level of geothermal development, including high-temperature power, direct uses from hot water aquifers, and geothermal heat pumps. Thomsen explained that […]

CGEC Assessment Tallies GHP Energy Advantages

Recognizing that geothermal energy for heating and cooling homes and buildings has been largely ignored in state policy, the California Energy Commission (CEC) released a major study in late July from the California Geothermal Energy Collaborative (CGEC – UC Davis) — Assessment of California’s Low Temperature Geothermal Resources: Geothermal Heat Pump Efficiencies by Region. The […]

NY-GEO to Represent Geothermal Heat Pump Interests Across the Empire State

In early August, geothermal heat pump (GHP) stakeholders put the finishing touches on a new trade association that promises to increase market penetration and sales across New York State—the New York Geothermal Energy Organization (NY-GEO). “Our intent is to play an active role in quality assurance for the industry while raising the profile of GHPs […]

California Releases Geothermal Heat Pump Evaluation Report

At the end of July, the California Energy Commission (CEC) released its Staff Paper, Geothermal Heat Pump and Ground Loop Technologies. The report provides a brief overview of the technology, and details the barriers faced by the geothermal heat pump (GHP) industry. It also provides proposed solutions suggested by industry and CEC staff responses. Assembly […]

Landmark Legislation Promotes Renewable Heating and Cooling in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a comprehensive renewable thermal energy bill that will promote the use of clean renewable fuels and technologies to heat and cool buildings. Passed unanimously by the Massachusetts Senate on June 19, the bill is expected to be signed by Gov. Deval Patrick (D) within the next 10 days. It […]