July 2 – In June the New York legislature passed income tax creditand sales tax exemption bills for geothermal heat pump (GHP) installations that still await signature by Governor Andrew Cuomo (D). In response, the New York Geothermal Energy Organization (NY-GEO) has started a petition—”Andrew Cuomo: Cut both Energy Bills and Fossil Fuel Pollution by […]
June 9 – The $177 million renovation of St. Patrick’s Cathedral—the most extensive in its 136-year history—is being pushed toward completion in time for Pope Francis’ visit to New York City in September. Not the least of its improvements will be an open-loop geothermmal heating and cooling system. The four-year renovation was slated for completion […]
The Obama Administration on March 19 issued an Executive Order , “Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade,” that is meant to cut the Federal Government’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40% over the next decade from 2008 levels. And the White House recognizes that geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) are one technology that can help […]
The Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) is backing efforts in a number of states to change public policies that currently fail to recognize geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) as a renewable source of energy and an efficient way to satisfy the thermal loads of buildings. “I wish we could have a cookie-cutter approach for each state and […]
Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) President and CEO Doug Dougherty joined a “roster of experts” for an article, “Geothermal Loops Back Around,” about the geothermal heat pump (GHP) business in a recent issue of Contracting Business. Their verdict: 2014 was a very good year for growth, despite a significant but temporary decline caused by the extreme […]
On Dec. 27, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signed HB 5397 into law, providing new financial tools for municipal electric utilities operating in the state to help their customers install distributed generation, electric vehicle charging stations, and energy efficiency technologies—including geothermal heat pump heating and cooling systems.
The New York Geothermal Energy Organization (NY-GEO) has successfully worked with State Assemblymember Sean Ryan (D – District 149) to introduce Assembly Bill 2177-A, “An act to amend state tax law, establishing a credit for geothermal energy systems.” Sen. Robert Ortt (R-62nd Senate District) introduced identical companion legislation, Senate Bill 2905, on Jan. 30. Starting […]