GEO News Archive

When Heat Pumps Are Right Decision May 27 2019, 0 Comments

Heat pumps can offer relief to utilities, homeowners, and the environment. Here is an article featuring NY-GEO board members John Ciovacco and Jens Ponikau in The Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration NEWS.

NY-GEO Testimony in Con Ed Rate Case May 27 2019, 0 Comments

The latest Department of Public Services rate case for Con Ed (Proceeding on Motion of the Commission as to the Rates, Charges, Rules and Regulations of Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. for Electric Service ) received 273 comments.

NY-GEO's entry focused on fair electric distribution rates for GSHP customers, capacity of industry to meet the challenge of scaling up, and depreciation as gas assets become stranded. See the NY-GEO testimony by Bill Nowak. NY-GEO member Bob Wyman also submitted compelling testimony.

Halco Presented With 2019 Top Job Award May 27 2019, 0 Comments

NY-GEO member Halco, which won the Top Job Competition at the recent NY-GEO 2019 conference, was presented with the award in Fayetteville, NY on May 23.

Senator Rachel May attended and said "expanding geo-thermal heating and cooling technology is important to the goals of the Climate and Community Protection Act [S2992]" that she is cosponsoring in Albany.

As an historic home, this transition to a geothermal system received media coverage by WAER radio. See photos from the event here.

For full coverage, including videos of the award presentation and a tour of the installation, see the Heat Smart CNY Facebook page.

Stranded Asset Study May 20 2019, 0 Comments

The Environmental Defense Fund has published Managing the Transition: Proactive Solutions for Stranded Gas Asset Risk in California. This important study provides an insightful look at the financial issues raised by the de-carbonization of the heating sector.

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PSC Requires Pro Geo Electric Rate May 20 2019, 0 Comments

On May 16th the NYS Public Service Commission (PSC) issued an order to electric utilities on standby service electric rates that should cut costs for geothermal (GHP) customers as well as electric vehicle (EV) owners.

Current delivery rates overcharge geothermal customers, who wind up paying more for electricity even though efficient geothermal systems don't add significant costs to the utilities' delivery systems. The PSC ordered New York's utilities to file plans to make demand-based standby rates available to all customers with advanced ("smart") meters.

Read the PSC press release and the 71-page order.

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DEC Rejects Williams Pipeline May 20 2019, 0 Comments

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) rejected the heavily disputed, nearly $1 billion Williams Transco Northeast Supply Enhancement natural gas pipeline. Business leaders and energy companies warned that the decision could bring a gas moratorium to New York City and Long Island, according to The New York Times.

The grassroots Stop the Williams Pipeline Coalition of SANE Energy Project, Mothers Out Front, Food & Water Watch, Fossil Free New York, and others celebrated cautiously.

See Politico's coverage and the DEC announcement here.

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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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Public Service Commission Adopts Geothermal Rates March 18 2019, 0 Comments

On March 14th the NY PSC adopted the joint settlement in the Orange & Rockland rate case. The Commission created a new, lower electric rate available to residential customers who use geothermal technology, subject to certain technological requirements, and to other residential customers without qualifying geothermal units, capped at 500 participants during the three years covered by the rate plan.

Gas Boilers Banned after 2025 in the UK March 18 2019, 0 Comments

UK Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced gas boilers will be banned from new build homes. The change will kick in starting in 2025 as part of measures to limit climate change. The Chancellor's announcement is seen as part of a Tory appeal to young voters.

Read the entire article Gas Boilers Banned after 2025 in the UK.

NYSERDA $250M Westchester Clean Energy Action Plan March 18 2019, 0 Comments

NYSERDA, the Department of Public Service (DPS) and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) today announced a Westchester Clean Energy Action Plan.

The plan will provide immediate relief to Westchester County businesses and residents affected by Con Edison's announcement that it will put new applications for firm natural gas service on a waiting list beginning March 15. Download the Westchester Clean Energy Action Plan Fact Sheet.