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1. 3 NYS Utilities Are HP Program Ready
2. BU Has City's Largest FF-Free Building
3. US Adults See CC Most Important Issue
4. Career Corner

1. 3 NYS Utilities Are Heat Pump Program Ready

In a January 16th order, the NY Public Service Commission had given utilities 30 days to file statements indicating if they were prepared to start heat pump incentive programs by April 1st.

This week NYSEG/RG&E, National Grid and Con Edison filed short letters indicating their readiness to get started. Presumably, Orange & Rockland and Central Hudson will be filing after the long weekend. The utilities have 60 days—until mid-March—to file implementation plans detailing how they intend to meet the heat pump energy savings targets from Appendix C of the PSC order.

Read NY-GEO's summary of the January 16th order here.

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2. BU Has City's Largest Fossil Fuel-Free Building

On February 6, 2020 the Fast Company website reported on Boston University's latest project: Boston’s largest carbon-neutral, fossil fuel-free building.

Designed by KPMB Architects, the newly opened Center for Computing and Data Sciences includes a number of environmentally friendly features. For one, there are no gas lines connected to the 19-story building, so it is carbon neutral and fossil fuel-free. Instead, a geothermal heat pump system, utilizing 31, 1,500-foot deep geothermal boreholes, heats and cools the building.

Thanks to Nikki Springer from the Renewable Thermal Alliance for this tip.

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NY-GEO offers its readers this Summary of January 16, 2020 Public Service Commission Energy Efficiency Order as it relates to heat pumps to help you understand and plan for the changes ahead.

NYSERDA Ground Source Heat Pump video

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3. US Adults See Climate Change As Most Important Issue

Science Daily (2020 02 07) reported on a Harris Poll conducted online from Dec. 12-16, 2019 on behalf of the American Psychological Association that found:

…more than half of U.S. adults (56%) say climate change is the most important issue facing society today, yet 4 in 10 have not made any changes in their behavior to reduce their contribution to climate change...

While 7 in 10 say they wish there were more they could do to combat climate change, 51% of U.S. adults say they don't know where to start. …Concern about climate change may…be disproportionately having an impact on the country’s youngest adults; nearly half of those age 18-34 (47%) say the stress they feel about climate change affects their daily lives.
Thank you to Green Energy Times (2020 02 08) for this news item.

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4. Career Corner

NOTE: AI Certification is necessary for companies wishing to participate in the NYSERDA geothermal rebate program.

In Person IGSHPA AI Training

IGSHPA Trainer Garen Ewbank CEM, CGD, CRM, CEA, CBEP, CSDP will be teaching the 3-day IGSHPA Accredited Installer geothermal course at Farmingdale State College in Farmingdale April 21-23, 2020. PSEG Long Island funding will allow New York workers to attend this course for half price.

This workshop offers 24 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for Professional Engineers and Architects or equivalent Professional Development Elective (PDE) hours may be obtained for Code Professional Officials.

Click here for information about the training. To register, see Farmingdale Renewable Energy & Sustainability Center.

IGSHPA Trainer Peter Tavino PE, CGD, working with IGSHPA and NYSERDA, will conduct the course in Rochester, NY April 22-24, 2020.

Peter will arrange for $1250 tuition to be reduced to $625 for NY workers, thanks to NYSERDA funding. To register, or seek more information, contact Peter at Pete@LitchfieldGeothermal.com or text him at 860-459-8279.

Online Certified Geothermal Designer Course

Are you looking to become a geothermal design professional through IGSHPA's Certified Geothermal Design (CGD) Course? Ed Lohrenz, B.E.S., CGD is conducting this course online Monday evenings from February 10th through April 13th.

NOTE: For participants who will be attending the NY-GEO Conference in Albany, NY March 25-26, 2020, the last three sessions will be presented at the conference. Please see the NY-GEO Conference schedule for further details.

If you're not attending the conference, the final three sessions will continue online ending April 13, 2020.

Registration is now open and 20 PDH credits are offered for engineers.

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