GEO News Archive

Toronto Thermal Grid February 17 2019, 0 Comments

Sidewalk Labs, a Google spinout, is looking for someone to manage development of a thermal grid for their massive development in Toronto.

Given that this project is likely to get a great deal of visibility in the future, it would be in the industry's interest to make sure that only qualified individuals apply for the job.

Senator Anna Kaplan introduces S. 3776 February 17 2019, 1 Comment

NY Senator Anna Kaplan just introduced S. 3776, a bill providing a total of $10 million in grants of up to $200,000 to help Long Island Schools install solar panels and ground source heat pump systems.

Here is the entire bill text.

Session on Utility Heat Pump Plans set for March 8th February 17 2019, 0 Comments

New York's utilities are required to come up with plans to install enough heat pumps to save 5TBTU of energy (83,000-100,000 installations) under the Governor's New Efficiency, New York program. The Joint Utilities will be holding a session on the program on March 8th and in the 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM slot they will present their proposed heat pump programs.

Access to this session will be available from Department of Public Service offices in Albany, New York City and Buffalo. It is important that our industry has a strong presence in this proceeding.

Read the entire Order Adopting Accelerated Energy Efficiency Targets.

Budweiser's Super Bowl Renewable Energy Ad February 11 2019, 0 Comments

Renewable wind energy took center stage in Budweiser's "Wind Never Felt Better" Super Bowl LIII commercial, a sign of the emergence of renewable energy into the mainstream consciousness of America.

Thanks to Green Energy Times for alerting us to the CleanTechnica article.

Watch the ad.

Cusick Asks for NYSERDA Renewables Study February 11 2019, 0 Comments

In a news release, NYS Assemblymember Michael Cusick (D-Staten Island), chair of the NY Assembly Energy Committee, said he sent a letter urging the release of a comprehensive study on the feasibility of a shift to 100 percent clean energy.

Governor Andrew Cuomo directed the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and NYSERDA to conduct the study in 2017, but it has yet to be released...

Read the entire letter. Thanks to Politico NY Energy, for alerting us to this story.

St. Patrick’s Geothermal in phc News February 11 2019, 0 Comments

St. Patrick's Cathedral, NYC

"You would be surprised at the places that have adopted geothermal solutions..." starts Jay Egg's 2-pager in the December 2018 issue of phc (plumbing + hydronic contractor) News.

In Jay's latest article he writes on the St. Patrick's Cathedral geothermal conversion. Click here to read more.

Two NYSERDA Initiatives Revised February 04 2019, 0 Comments

The Multifamily New Construction Program (revised January 2019) offers technical support and incentives to developers of multifamily high-rise new construction and gut rehabilitation projects. The multi-tiered incentive structure is intended to promote increased levels of performance (up to and inclusive of net zero energy performance) and identify replicable and integrated design solutions.

New Multifamily Housing Construction

Under the New Construction Support Services (revised January 2019) NYSERDA seeks applications from qualified firms to become approved Primary Energy Consultants, serving projects in NYSERDA's New Construction Initiatives. Firms need to be capable of delivering energy modeling and analysis, building commissioning, advanced building facilitation, third-party quality assurance, or smart building services to building owners, developers, and lease holders.

"Climate Change: The More We Know, The Worse It Seems" February 04 2019, 0 Comments

This article includes an excellent short video, "Don't Believe These Climate Change Lies." It should not be surprising that each new climate-related news headline seems to be worse than the last. The last time CO2 levels were as high as they are now, sea levels were 30 meters (98+ feet) higher. At that level all major coastal cities in the world would be drowned.

Church Under Water

Read more at CNN.

Thanks to Green Energy Times for alerting us to the CNN report.

NYSERDA Says: End Fossil Fuel Heating by 2050! February 04 2019, 0 Comments

On January 30th 2019, NYSERDA released its "Strategic Outlook 2019-2022." In the document, on page 14, they show goals for buildings:

  • 2030: All new buildings must operate at net zero carbon
  • 2050: 100% of all buildings must operate at net zero carbon

To meet these goals, the Renewable Thermal industry must dramatically increase its capacity and the rate of renewable thermal installations. We have only 31 years during which we must retrofit the entire state's heating plant.

However, we've done this sort of thing before. The conversions from wood to coal, then coal to oil, and more recently from oil to gas, all took between 30 and 40 years to be substantially complete.

Read more here.

Comments on Westchester Moratorium February 03 2019, 0 Comments

Last week we reported on the recently announced ConEd natural gas moratorium. NY-GEO has issued its comments on the moratorium and sent out this press release to the regional media. In addition, the national Geothermal Exchange Organization has released a statement on the significance of the moratorium.

Here is an image of the area of Westchester County in question.

Map of Westchester County