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Vermont Considers Measure to Bolster Its Renewables Standard

Vermont legislators will consider a measure to stop utilities from getting credit both for developing solar or wind projects and also for the renewable credits received from out-of-state sales. The bill, H.40, has begun its journey through the legislative process in the Vermont House of Representatives’ Natural Resources and Energy Committee.

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Iowa Bill Seeks Bigger Geothermal Heat Pump Tax Credit

Iowa Rep. Dawn Pettengill (R) introduced a bill (HF226) in the Iowa House of Representatives to increase an existing state tax incentive for geothermal heat pump (GHP) installations. Current law allows an individual income tax credit for a GHP system equal to 20% of the federal residential energy efficient property tax credit for GHPs. HF226 […]

USDA Announces Geo Funding

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that rural agricultural producers and small business owners can apply for financial resources to purchase and install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements. USDA is making more than $280 million available to eligible applicants through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). The agency is […]

Call for Papers – ASHRAE 2016 Winter Conference

ASHRAE has announced a Call for Papers for its 2016 Winter Conference in Orlando, FL on Jan. 23-27, 2016. The event will feature design-build practices and residential systems, with emphasis on energy efficiency and sustainability. ASHRAE offers two types of paper submissions: Conference Paper Abstracts that are due by March 23, 2015; and Full Technical […]

GEO Webinar a Resounding Success

Nearly a thousand participants from across the United States and around the world joined the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) for its webinar on Feb. 4, Geothermal Heat Pumps vs. Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems. Following an introduction by GEO President Doug Dougherty, Dr. Jeffrey Spitler (Oklahoma State University) and his research team presented their scientific research, […]

Chairman’s Message: Geothermal Stands on Its Merits

By Steve Smith, GEO Chairman of the Board President and CEO, Enertech Global The Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) and the geothermal heat pump (GHP) industry welcome the New Year with optimism, especially after coming off a very strong 2014. Cold weather made for a slow start, but business picked up strongly for the rest of […]

GEO 2014 – The Year in Review

GEO Work at the Federal Level Tax Extenders Bill Signed into Law At the last moment of their lame-duck session in December, the U.S. Senate passed—and the president signed—a “tax extenders” bill that reinstates several business tax breaks that expired at the end of 2013. GEO persistently pursued passage of federal tax extenders bills during […]