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Greta Thunberg Sails for UN Climate Talks August 26 2019, 0 Comments

Greta is about halfway across the frequently stormy Atlantic. The teenager, who is leading an international youth climate movement, will speak at a youth summit as part of the UN Climate Summit in NY on Sept. 21 and then at the main meeting on Sept. 23.

Thanks to the WNY Peace Center for this notice.

GSHP Federal Tax Credit August 26 2019, 0 Comments

GeoExchange (GEO), the national geothermal heat pump organization, continues to work to attract co-sponsorship to HR 3961. This important legislation would extend federal tax support for geothermal heat pumps an additional five years. NY-GEO members are encouraged to contact key staffers for NY House Republican members of Congress. Please see the link here for more information or contact Ryan Dougherty at GeoExchange with any questions.

Gas Moratorium Conflict August 26 2019, 0 Comments

From POLITICO's Danielle Muoio and Marie J. French (2019 08 23):

Downstate gas moratoria have placed some environmentally conscious politicians in a rhetorical bind: how do you push for less reliance on natural gas while demanding utilities expand gas service in the short term? National Grid has said it will not approve requests for new or upgraded gas service in its territory in New York City and Long Island until the state approves the $1 billion natural gas pipeline, arguing there is a lack of adequate gas supply until the line is built. The move has roiled developers and business owners who say their inability to get gas has threatened projects and jeopardized their operations. Amid mounting outcry, elected leaders who have opposed the pipeline are now calling on National Grid to approve new gas hookups. Some have even raised concerns with more environmentally-friendly alternatives such as electrification, stating in a recent letter that it would "put further strain on the ConEd grid, which has already experienced multiple major blackouts."

The link in the title works for Politico Pro subscribers, but otherwise click here to read the second paragraph of this summary.

Geothermal Sales up 37% August 19 2019, 0 Comments

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.

Call for Strong Heat Pump Program August 19 2019, 0 Comments

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.

Shale Fracking Prompts Methane Spike August 19 2019, 0 Comments

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.

NEW Geothermal AI Training in Oct August 19 2019, 0 Comments

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 or text him at 800-459-827. It is recommended to register at least a week before the class starts.

Burning the Gas "Bridge Fuel" Myth August 12 2019, 0 Comments

Burning the Gas “Bridge Fuel” Myth: Why Gas is not Clean, Cheap or Necessary is a new report released by Oil Change International that makes the case that gas is not a 'bridge fuel' to a safe climate. As the global climate crisis intensifies and gas production and consumption soars, it is clearer than ever that gas is not a climate solution.

Leaking methane along the gas supply chain has been at the center of the debate around the climate impact of gas, but it's far from the only issue at stake. There are five additional reasons why gas cannot form a bridge to a clean energy future, even if methane leakage is addressed.

Thanks to Mark Dunlea for this news item.

New NYS GHG Targets Get Thumbs Up August 12 2019, 0 Comments

A Siena poll taken between July 28 and August 1 shows the state's new 2040 carbon-free electricity and 2050 emissions reduction targets are supported by 73 percent of New York residents. See page 4 on the spreadsheet for the actual poll results.

Thank you to Politico New York Energy Newsletter (2019 08 07) for alerting us to this news item.

NYT Real Estate Section on GHPs August 12 2019, 0 Comments

NY Times freelance reporter Kayla Laterman examines geothermal heat pumps as an alternative for meeting heating and cooling needs. She wrote:
"We're now at the point where we need to invest more money into staff training to keep up with demand," Ms. Hannun [chief executive of Dandelion Energy] said.

Zachary Fink, owner of ZBF Geothermal in Commack, N.Y., echoed Ms. Hannun's desire for additional skilled trade labor, noting that he's on track to install 85 geothermal systems in homes on Long Island and Queens, twice the number compared to last year. About a decade ago, Mr. Fink said he mostly got calls from eco-conscious clients. Now he's getting inquiries from people looking for long-term savings and a "small but growing" number of people who do not have another option because of the temporary gas moratorium. He has also gotten calls from homeowners whose boilers were badly corroded by saltwater during Superstorm Sandy.