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NYC's Ambitious Climate Rules for Biggest Emitters April 22 2019, 0 Comments

Plans approved on April 18, 2019 by the City Council of New York are expected to cut greenhouse gas emissions from large buildings by 40% compared to 2005 levels by 2030. Buildings account for two-thirds of the city’s emissions.

Read more about it at Inside Climate News.

Thank you to Green Energy Times for alerting us to this news.

New York City at dusk


Geo Utility Responds to Gas Moratorium April 22 2019, 0 Comments

Having been stunned by the recent gas moratorium announcement by Con Edison, developers in New York's Westchester County have received an offer they might not want to refuse…

The state is encouraging them to seek alternative technologies for heating, cooling and hot water. Developers are concerned with their potential additional costs, negative impact on construction schedules, increased complexity and risk.

Diverso project Genesis on the Park

Enter Diverso, a member of NY-GEO, to offer developers a lifeline in wake of Con Ed's natural gas freeze. Ontario-based Diverso Energy has a unique solution where they take on all the risk, plus…

Read more about it.


ConEd Geothermal Partnership Announced April 15 2019, 0 Comments

Con Edison has put the notice below on the Non-Pipeline Solutions page of its website regarding its geothermal partnership.

The Smart Solutions order on this program authorized funding for 8,800 geothermal installations in the next 5 years. Congratulations to NY-GEO member Dandelion Energy—your success in this program will be important.

NY-GEO will continue to organize Westchester heat pump industry stakeholders to educate and learn from regional elected officials and developers, and to meet the challenges of the gas moratorium in the commercial, public and multifamily sectors, as well as the residential sector.

From the Con Ed website:

Get Up to $5,000 Off When You Switch to Geothermal Heating and Cooling

If you heat your home with fuel oil, propane, or natural gas, and cool it with electricity, geothermal is a smart upgrade. Geothermal systems provide comfortable, reliable, and affordable home heating and cooling. And now through our partnership with Dandelion Energy, it’s never been easier—or more affordable—to switch your home over to geothermal.

We’re partnering with Dandelion Energy to offer qualified Westchester homeowners up to $5,000 off a home geothermal system. When combined with state and federal incentives, you could save tens of thousands of dollars in installation costs.
Visit Dandelion Energy or call 1-(833)-GEO-4ALL (1-833-436-4255) to see if you qualify.

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NY-GEO 2018 Year in Review April 15 2019, 0 Comments

Several attendees at the conference have asked for the slides from the 2019 NY-GEO Conference "2018 Year in Review" presentation. We have put them up on the website here.

We will be making other conference presentations available as we process them.


Utilities File Energy Efficiency/Heat Pump Plan April 15 2019, 0 Comments

The Public Service Commission has directed New York’s utilities to develop programs to yield heat pump energy savings of 1,465 Terawatt hours (Trillion Watt Hours), also known as 5 Tera BTUs (Trillion BTUs), by 2025.

These crucial programs will set incentives and outreach efforts for heat pumps for the next 5 years and we urge all geothermal stakeholders to engage with this process.

Please take a look at this document and jot down some notes on how the proposals can be improved. We would love to help you turn those notes into comments to file with the PSC.

Please let us know at nygeoinfo@gmail.com if you want to help by filing your comments. Please let us know at nygeoinfo@gmail.com if you want to help by filing your comments.


Largest Canadian Geo Project to Versaprofiles April 01 2019, 0 Comments

A newly signed agreement has made NY-GEO member Versaprofiles the leading Canadian supplier of geothermal loops. Vancouver International Airport recently launched its massive facility expansion plan, including the construction of the largest Canadian geothermal heat exchange project contract in Canadian history.

The contract, signed with installer Ground Source Energy, makes the company responsible for developing and building the geothermal ground loop system for the Airport Central Utilities Building, which will manage and distribute geothermal heating and cooling for the entire facility, including the main terminal.

The project will require a total of 841,000 feet of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) geothermal piping and is expected to launch in 2022..

Read about the Vancouver International Airport Central Utilities Building project.

See more about it in Renewable Energy Magazine.


NYSERDA Westchester Clean Energy Plan April 01 2019, 0 Comments

New York State is implementing a Westchester Clean Energy Action Plan (WCEAP) to provide options for businesses and residents affected by Con Edison’s gas moratorium announcement.

As part of this, NY-GEO recently hosted a presentation on NYSERDA's plan to boost heat pump installations in Westchester County as the solution to the moratorium.

Here is the presentation. The plan includes modest increases in incentives for residential installations and a series of support measures for commercial and multifamily installations. NY-GEO has organized heat pump stakeholders in responding to the moratorium.

Email nygeoinfo@gmail.com if you would like to participate.


oTherm Project Getting Underway April 01 2019, 0 Comments

NYSERDA, in collaboration with the Renewable Thermal Alliance (RTA), Yale University, University of New Hampshire (UNH), and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), has secured funding from the US Department of Energy to undertake the development of the "oTherm" database.

This renewable thermal data clearinghouse will use standardized data to assess the performance of renewable thermal technologies. They will use the RTA Basecamp as one mode of communication and collaboration, and over the next 18 months we will host four regional workshops.

If you are interested, contact Matt Davis Matt.Davis@unh.edu. Matt will be at NY-GEO 2019 and looks forward to connecting with attendees interested in learning more.


MORE IGSHPA AI Training Offered in May April 01 2019, 0 Comments

NY-GEO and IGSHPA are proud to announce two 3-day Geothermal Accredited Installer training workshops in May:

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

To register for the West Nyack training, contact IGSHPA Trainer Pete@LitchfieldGeothermal.com at least a week before the class starts. See Litchfield Geothermal for the schedule of trainings given by Peter Travino.

To register for the Farmingdale training, go to Farmingdale State College.

See IGSHPA Accredited Installer training for more information about Accredited Installer training.


Williams Pipeline Opponents Question Need March 25 2019, 0 Comments

350.org has released a report, "False Demand: The Case Against The Williams Fracked Gas Pipeline," that provides opponents of the Williams Northeast Supply Enhancement project with a new analysis arguing there's no need for additional gas supply.

The Williams Pipeline project is a $1 billion, 24-mile pipeline from New Jersey across the New York Harbor to Long Island. The 350.org report supports alternatives, such as heat pumps, energy efficiency and No. 2 oil mixed with biodiesel, rather than more gas pipelines.

Read the entire report "False Demand: The Case Against The Williams Fracked Gas Pipeline."