Press Releases

GEO 2011 Geothermal Heat Pump Champion Awards

Efforts by Legislators Will Help Grow the GHP Industry and Create New Jobs In early March 2012, the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) presented four of its “2011 Geothermal Heat Pump Industry Champion” Awards to key legislators in Washington, DC. Recipients included Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), Representative Tom Cole (R-OK), and Representative […]

GEO Signs Memorandum of Understanding with GRC

April 19 (Washington, DC) The Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC), with the goal of promoting “mutual interests through cooperation in the field of public outreach for improved understanding of geothermal technologies and their environmental, economic and societal benefits.” GEO is a 501(c)(6) non-profit, national […]

Maryland Governor Signs Landmark Geothermal Heat Pump Bill

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (D) signed the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard – Geothermal Heating and Cooling bill (SB 652) into law, making Maryland the first state in the nation to allow utilities to claim credits for the installation of geothermal heat pumps. The measure passed the state legislature on April 13. The legislation makes GHPs […]

GEO Champion Awards – Bingaman and Murkowski

On June 13, the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) presented its “Geothermal Heat Pump Industry Champion” awards to key legislators in Washington, DC. Recipients included Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), ranking Republican on the same committee. GEO Member Centennial Plastics (Hastings, NE) co-sponsored […]

GEO Lauds New Hampshire Thermal Energy Law

The Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) lauds the New Hampshire’s new law (SB 213) that adds thermal renewable energy sources to compliance measures that electric utilities can deploy to meet the requirements of the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). New Hampshire’s new law allows renewable thermal energy (such as that offered by geothermal heat pumps) to […]

California Geo Bill Passes General Assembly

Sept. 6 – Championed by the new California Geothermal Heat Pump Lobby Coalition, AB 2339 (Williams/V.M. Perez) passed in the Senate on Aug. 28 with a 36-0 vote then returned to the Assembly the following day where it also passed unanimously with a 79-0 vote. The bill requires the California Energy Commission, in consultation with […]

GEO Seeks Extension of Federal Tax Credits for Geothermal Heat Pumps

As lawmakers hotly debate budget cuts and tax reform in Washington, DC, the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) has formally asked the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee to recommend extending federal tax credits for residential and commercial geothermal heat pump (GHP) installations beyond their Dec. 31, 2016 expiration date through the year 2020. […]