New York City Council Geothermal Bill

New York Councilman Costa Constantinides introduced a bill to establish a series of guidelines for commercial and residential use of geothermal energy, and to build a directory of city buildings that might be best suited for geothermal (boreholes). By reducing the use of fossil fuels for heating, the city could significantly cut greenhouse emissions as […]

IGSHPA Announces Board of Directors

In November, the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) started the process of slating its inaugural IGSHPA Board of Directors. The work began with the current Advisory Council nominating candidates for the Board from six industry sectors. Voting members of the Advisory Council were sent an electronic ballot to choose the six new Board […]

GEO Webinar: Geothermal Heat Pumps vs. Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems

A recent peer-reviewed scientific study of heating and cooling technologies has shown that a geothermal heat pump (GHP) system offers 44% greater efficiency than a variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system in a large commercial building. JOIN the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) for a FREE Webinar on Wednesday, February 4, from 10:00 to 11:30 am (U.S. […]

Scientific Research Shows That Geothermal Heat Pumps Outperform VRF Heating and Cooling

Definitive scientific research has shown that a geothermal heat pump (GHP) system offers far more efficiency in a large commercial building than a variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system. In January 2013, the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO)—with financial assistance from Southern Company—contracted a research team from Oklahoma State University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to evaluate […]

Tax Extenders Bill Sent to Obama

At the last moment of their lame-duck session, the U.S. Senate passed a “tax extenders” bill and sent the measure to President Obama for signature. The legislation extends several business tax breaks through the end of this year (2014). For the past several months, the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) has actively urged passage of federal […]

Michigan Bill Includes Geothermal Heat Pumps as Renewable Energy

State Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R-66th District) introduced Michigan House Bill No. 5980, which will amend the state’s Renewable Energy Standard— Michigan 2008 PA 295, the “Clean, Renewable, and Efficient Energy Act.” Michigan enacted Public Act 295 in October 2008, requiring the state’s investor-owned utilities, alternative retail suppliers, electric cooperatives and municipal electric utilities to generate […]

GEO Wins Changes to Illinois TRM for Geothermal Heat Pumps

Following its successful effort to legislate recognition of geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) into Illinois renewable and energy efficiency laws, the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) has been directly involved in an eight-month process to win revisions to the state’s Technical Resource Manual (TRM). “There were lots of contentious issues that needed resolution to ensure that GHPs […]