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1. Will Kathy Hochul Support a Carbon Tax?
2. More on Otter Tail Helping with Geo
3. NGas Prices on the Rise
4. Career Corner

1. Will Gov. Kathy Hochul Support a Carbon Tax?

From a City & State First Read article dated Sept 9, 2021, by Rebecca Lewis:

Getting behind an effort that fell short last session could change the climate game in New York
. . .

The new governor so far seems to have shied away from taking an early stance on a key climate issue..."I know you're suggesting one approach, I'm saying there's another approach on the table, but I am looking at all options right now." She declined to specifically express support for the Climate and Community Investment Act, carbon tax legislation that failed in the state Legislature this past session after business and fossil fuel interests lobbied against it. "I will be supporting anything that's going to get us to a better place," Hochul said at the Wednesday press conference when asked about the bill, before once again reiterating how last week's catastrophic flooding served as a "red alert."

Read "Will Kathy Hochul support a carbon tax?" here.

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2. More on How Otter Tail Helps Developers with Geothermal

Last week we ran a brief on electric utility Otter Tail Power Company's Integrated Building Design Plus (IBDP) Program for business customers. A few resources have subsequently popped up that you might want to explore.

Ed Lohrenz of GEOptimize has produced a concise 2-page document describing the program, and California GEO's ED Bill Martin has done up a nice blog on it as well.

The graphic below illustrates that of 15 projects that went through the Otter Tail process, 2 came in committed to geothermal, 8 switched to geothermal after attending, and 3 of the engineering firms who attended have now started recommending geothermal for other projects outside the Otter Tail service area.

Otter Tail design assistance program

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For Our Readers

See the New York Heat Pump Incentive Table here.

NOTE: LIPA/PSEG LI rebates are not included in this table, but can be found here, under the section "Higher Rebates."

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3. NGas Prices on the Rise

The chart below from Barchart shows the price of natural gas futures for January 2022 over the past year. Last winter the prices hovered around $3 per MMBtu; This year they have risen to the current level of $5+.

If the trend continues and gas prices rise at this rate on consumer utility bills it could signal a significant rise in demand for geothermal installations.

Thanks to NY-GEO Mark Kleinginna for this tip. You can read his blog on this trend here.

NGas price futures 202201

4. Career Corner

NOTE: International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) Accredited Installer (AI) Certification is necessary for companies wishing to participate in the New York State geothermal rebate program.


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Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at Noon - 1PM
"Navigating Codes, Standards & Practical Experience in GSHP Design"

The next NY-GEO 2021 Webinar Series session will feature Lisa Meline P.E., of Meline Engineering, presenting the second of three consecutive design track sessions.

Even though early ground-source heat pump systems were introduced in the USA over 80 years ago, building standards and codes have not adequately addressed this technology, providing necessary guidance to designers, installers, and the permitting authorities…until recently. An overview of the current ‘state of the industry’ will be presented with commentary about where improvements are still needed.

A basic understanding of the geothermal heat pump and how heat pumps work will be helpful. CEUs are available.

Pre-register here. If you pre-register, you will be emailed the Zoom link to join live. You can also register just prior to the start to join the live webinar.

See the full webinar schedule here.

If you missed a session, you can view the video here.

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