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1. NEW Geothermal AI Training in Oct
2. Shale Fracking Prompts Methane Spike
3. Call for Strong Heat Pump Program
4. Geothermal Sales up 37%
5. NY-GEO Help Wanted

1. NEW Geothermal AI Training in Oct

NY-GEO and IGSHPA are sponsoring another 3-day workshop, October 2-4, at the Palisades Center in West Nyack, NY. Certification from this training is necessary for companies wishing to participate in the NYSERDA geothermal rebate program.

Fifty percent of the tuition and travel cost will be paid by NYSERDA for NY workers, reducing the cost from $1200 to $600. AI certification is necessary to receive NYSERDA rebates for your geothermal installations.

Contact instructor Peter Tavino at Pete@LitchfieldGeothermal.com or text him at 800-459-827. It is recommended to register at least a week before the class starts.

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2. Shale Fracking Prompts Methane Spike

As methane concentrations increase in the Earth’s atmosphere, "chemical fingerprints" point to a probable source: shale oil and gas. This is according to new Cornell University research published August 14, 2019 in Biogeosciences, a journal of the European Geosciences Union.

See the press release summarizing the study. Read a review of the study from DeSmogBlog.

Listen to a conversation with study author Bob Howarth on the Capital Pressroom with Susan Arbettor.

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3. Call for Strong Heat Pump Program

Legislators and renewable heat advocates are calling for strong heat pump program to help meet climate goals in a press release dated August 15, 2019.

Following the passage and signing into law of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), New York State legislators Salazar, Fahy, Sanders, May, Metzger and Englebright, along with Renewable Heat Now, are calling on the Public Service Commission (PSC) to require investor-owned utilities to meet state climate goals by expanding energy efficiency programs.

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4. Geothermal Sales up 37%

An AHRI News article "When Heat Pumps Are the Right Decision" features NY-GEO board members John Ciovacco and Jens Ponikau. It says, in part:

As electric and natural gas costs increase and cities and states pass energy standards and renewable energy tax credits, sales of energy-efficient technology&emdash;like heat pumps—get a boost.

In the U. S. …[G]ground-source heat pump sales rose 37 percent from 2017 to 2018, due largely to the reinstatement of federal tax credits for geothermal—although geothermal remains just 1.7 percent of the market.
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5. NY-GEO Help Wanted

NY-GEO seeks to fill a part-time position that potentially can transition to a full-time executive position. Required abilities include writing, communication and computer skills and the ability to responsibly and co-operatively follow through on tasks and projects. A demonstrable passion for transforming the heating sector to clean carbon-free renewables is a must. Location within NY State not predetermined as telecommuting is likely. Click here to learn more.

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