y2016 Conference Schedule & Details

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Conference Location


Courtyard & Patio at the Radisson Hotel
205 Wolf Road
Albany, NY 12205
(518) 458-7264


Radisson Albany



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Top Job Sponsor

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Tuesday Lunch Sponsor

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Registration Fees*

Days 1 & 2 (4/19 & 4/20) Full Conference

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$299* without PDH credits
$399* with PDH credits

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Day 1 (4/19) Program Only

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$199* without PDH credits
$299* with PDH credits

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Day 1 (4/19) Dinner Only with Keynote Speaker $49*

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Day 2 (4/20) Program Only

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$119* (including lunch) without PDH credits
$159* (including lunch) with PDH credits

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Days 1 & 2 (4/19 & 4/20) Full Conference Plus:

IGSHPA Certified Geo-Exchange Designer Course $ 2,195* with CGD application, $1,795* without CGD application (special discount rate applies to NY-GEO members and early bird registrants)
Please Note: This training consists of 10 sessions. Eight are conducted online prior to the final two in person. These last two are what will be presented at this conference.

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Exhibitor

Sorry We're Full

Thank you for the wonderful response we've had to the opportunity to exhibit at our conference. As a result, we are pleased to announce there are no more booths or tables available. However, there is always next year…


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*Eligible for 10% NY-GEO member discount

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Conference Schedule Details

Monday, April 18

Monday 4:00-10:00 PM
Courtyard & Patio
Exhibitor Setup


Tuesday, April 19

Tuesday 8:00-9:00 AM
Courtyard & Patio
Registration, Continental Breakfast and Mingle with Exhibitors

Tuesday 9:00-10:00 AM
Stonehenge B
Welcome & Opening Remarks
John Franceschina, P.E., President, NY-GEO
The State of Geothermal Heating and Cooling and the Latest on NY-GEO's Initiatives

Keynote Address I
John B. Rhodes, President and Chief Executive Officer, NYSERDA
Update on the Clean Energy Fund and its implications for the clean energy industry.

Tuesday 10:00-11:00 AM
Stonehenge B
Contractor Track
The Upfront Cost Barrier – The Importance of Making Geothermal Affordable
John Ciovacco, President, Aztech Geothermal, Board Member, NY-GEO
Bob Wyman, Energy Consultant
Erich Scherer, Energy and Environmental Analyst at NYSERDA
Geothermal heating and cooling is usually the least expensive way to heat a building. But for many businesses and homeowners it is not an affordable option because of the up-front cost. John Ciovacco (designer/installer), consultant Bob Wyman and analyst Erich Scherer will engage you in exploring ways to untangle this dilemma.

Tuesday 10:00-11:00 AM
Stonehenge C
Design and Planning Track
Basic Project Design Details for Engineers and Architects
John Manning, P.E., President, Phoenix Energy Supply, Treasurer, NY-GEO
What are some of the most frequent opportunities for efficiency seen in the field? What assumptions lead to missed opportunities? 1 PDH credit.

Tuesday 11:00-11:30 AM
Courtyard & Patio
Coffee Break and Mingle with Exhibitors

Tuesday 11:00-12:30 PM
Capital Room
Certified Geo-Exchange Designer Course (Session 9 of 10) for registered Certified Geo-Exchange Designer students only
Designing the Mechanical System
Ed Lohrenz, B.E.S., CGD, Founder, GEOptimize Inc.
This is part of the distance learning option of the IGSHPA CGD training for professional engineers, registered architects, installers, and contractors. It is an 8-week webinar training culminating in two final classroom sessions at the conference. This unique opportunity to spend quality time with the instructor is by special arrangement between NY-GEO and IGSHPA. See http://www.igshpa.okstate.edu/training/cgd.asp for more information. 20 PDH credits for entire course.

Tuesday 11:30-12:30 PM
Stonehenge B
Contractor Track
Selling an Installation – Breaking Through the Noise
Jay Egg, Founder, EggGeothermal
For those who truly understand it, geothermal heating and cooling sells itself. Noted author and geothermal expert Jay Egg will help you focus on the key advantages of geo that help make the sale.

Tuesday 11:30-12:30 PM
Stonehenge C
Design and Planning Track
District Geothermal on Campus
Paul Lundberg, Assistant Director of Construction Services at Skidmore College
Jeff Urlaub, President and CEO of MEP Associates
A system can heat and cool more than one building from a single underground heat exchange loop. Learn from the examples of the Skidmore College and Ball State University systems. What is the promise of this approach? 1 PDH credit.

Tuesday Noon-12:30
Courtyard & Patio
ASHRAE/AEE members: Register for PDH credits and pick up Lunch.

Tuesday 12:30-1:30 PM
Poolside
ASHRAE/AEE Luncheon: ASHRAE Standard 100-2015: Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings
Dennis Landsberg, L&S Energy Services, Inc.
This event will offer 1 PDH credit.

Tuesday 12:30-1:30 PM
Courtyard & Patio
Lunch Sponsored by Blake Equipment and Mingle with Exhibitors

Tuesday 1:30-2:30 PM
Stonehenge B
Contractor Track
The Future: Is 3rd Party Ownership or Aggregation on Your Horizon?
John Joshi, Director of Financial Solutions at NYSERDA
Matt Johnston, Director of HeatSmart Tompkins
David Hatherton, WaterFurnace cofounder and Ontario, Canada geothermal leader
Hear from John Joshi (NYSERDA), Matt Johnston (community-based renewable energy organization) and David Hatherton (geothermal heating and cooling specialist), who have their fingers on some very interesting trends that may boost your business going forward.

Tuesday 1:30-2:30 PM
Stonehenge C
Design and Planning Track
Roundtable – Who is Responsible?
John Ciovacco, President, Aztech Geothermal, Board Member, NY-GEO, Moderator
Panelists:
Larry LaDuca, Vice President, Natale Builders
AJ Heiligman, President, Alternative Carbon Energy Systems, Inc (ACES)
Bradley J. Fisher, P.E., President, Friedman Fisher Associates Consulting Engineers
Panelists will discuss their roles in geothermal projects with an eye toward buttoning up project responsibilities. 1 PDH credit.

Tuesday 2:30-3:30 PM
Stonehenge B
Contractor Track
How to Screw It Up: The Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid in Geothermal Installations
John Manning, P.E., President, Phoenix Energy Supply, Treasurer, NY-GEO
As President of Phoenix Energy Supply, one of New York's leading heat pump distributors, John Manning has seen it all. In this workshop, he will share his vast experience to help you avoid costly mistakes while increasing customer satisfaction.

Tuesday 2:30-3:30 PM
Stonehenge C
Design and Planning Track
Analyzing and Presenting the Options to Your Client
Bradley J. Fisher, P.E., President, Friedman Fisher Associates Consulting Engineers
Khaled A. Yousef, P.E., Founder, Pyramid Energy Engineering Services, PLLC
This presentation will cover conceptualizing both GSHP and other alternative HVAC system options early in the design process. Additionally the talk will cover various energy use and savings calculations that can be effectively used in the early decision-making process. Finally they will give an example of how this information can be clearly presented to clients so they can make informed decisions. 1 PDH credit.

Tuesday 3:30-4:00 PM
Courtyard & Patio
Afternoon Snack and Mingle with Exhibitors

Tuesday 4:00-5:00 PM
Stonehenge B
Contractor Track
Saving Time and Money with Looping Best Practices
Jens Ponikau, Founder, Buffalo Geothermal, Board Member, NY-GEO
Jens Ponikau has helped build Buffalo Geothermal into one of New York's top geo success stories. In this workshop, he will let you in on looping techniques that save significant time and money, resulting in more affordable geothermal systems that are easier to sell.

Tuesday 4:00-5:00 PM
Stonehenge C
Design and Planning Track
Geo Won't Work Here Because...
Ed Lohrenz, B.E.S., CGD, Founder, GEOptimize Inc.
There are lots of misperceptions about ground source heat pump systems. If you've been in the industry for a while, you've probably heard a lot of reasons why geo won't work on a particular project. This is a look at some of the more creative—and sometimes humorous—excuses for not buying, designing or installing one of the most efficient HVAC technologies available for almost any kind of project. 1 PDH credit.

Tuesday 5:00-6:00 PM
Courtyard & Patio
Cash Bar and Mingling with Exhibitors

Tuesday 6:00-7:00 PM
Phoenix Room
Dinner
Bill Nowak, Moderator

Tuesday 7:00-8:00 PM
Phoenix Room
Dinner Update: What's Happening Nationally with Geothermal?
John (Jack) P. DiEnna, Jr., Executive Director & Founder of the Geothermal National & International Initiative (GEO-NII) and the Principal of Indian Rock Associates LLC
Jack will provide a brief update regarding the federal incentives for geothermal systems.
Dinner Address: NYSERDA's Renewable Heating and Cooling Program – 2016 and 2017
Donovan Gordon, Director of Renewable Heating and Cooling, NYSERDA
Geothermal Heating and Cooling took a giant step forward in 2015 when NYSERDA set up a renewable heating and cooling (RH&C) program and put Donovan Gordon at the helm of the program. The Clean Energy Fund includes $5 million for RH&C in 2016, $10 million in 2017 and $14 million in 2018. From a separate pot, NYSERDA is currently funding a $3.5 million grant for RH&C. Come hear NYSRDA's plans for this program moving forward.

This dinner is included in the conference registration. It is also available for purchase as a stand-alone event.


Wednesday, April 20

Wednesday 7:30-8:30 AM
Courtyard & Patio
Registration, Continental Breakfast and Mingle with Exhibitors

Wednesday 8:30-9:00 AM
Stonehenge B
Keynote Address II
Audrey Zibelman, Chair, NYS Public Service Commission

Wednesday 9:00-10:00 AM
Stonehenge B
Panel: The Future of Renewable Heating and Cooling in the Northeast
John Ciovacco, President, Aztech Geothermal, Board Member, NY-GEO, Moderator
Panelists:
Contractor's perspective: AJ Heiligman, President, Alternative Carbon Energy Systems, Inc (ACES)
New York City's perspective: Samara Swanston, Legislative Counsel to the Environmental Protection Committee of the New York City Council
Utility's perspective: John Franceschina, P.E., President, NY-GEO
Manufacturer's perspective: Fred Newell, Regional Manager at WaterFurnace International
Listen to 4 different perspectives on what the future holds for our industry.

Wednesday 10:00-11:00 AM
Stonehenge B
Contractor/Public Policy Track
The Great Debate: Ground-Source vs. Air Source Heat Pumps — When is Each Appropriate?
Jens Ponikau, Founder, Buffalo Geothermal, Board Member, NY-GEO, Moderator
Panelists:
Will Lange, Director, Distributor Sales & Utility Development at WaterFurnace International
Zack Koch, Commercial Area Manager at Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating
There is great debate going on in the marketplace where air source heat pumps (ASHPs) often have an up front cost advantage over ground source heat pumps (GSHP). GSHPs are usually far more efficient and provide a more complete solution. NY-GEO is bringing this debate into the open. What are the facts? When are each of these technologies most appropriate?

Wednesday 10:00-11:00 AM
Stonehenge C
Design and Planning Track
Is It Feasible (Overthrowing the Rule of Thumb)
Ed Lohrenz, B.E.S., CGD, Founder, GEOptimize Inc.
Some engineers estimate the feasibility of a geothermal system by deriving system tonnage from the square footage of the building and multiplying the tonnage by 200 feet to get the linear footage of the loop system. Mr. Lohrenz will point to examples where this has resulted in flawed estimates and introduce a better approach. 1 PDH credit.

Wednesday 10:00-11:00 AM
Capital Room
Geothermal 101 Ground Source Heat Pumps for Beginners
Jay Egg, Founder, EggGeothermal
For those who are new to geothermal heating and cooling, this workshop will give you a basic understanding of the technology and its advantages. For those whose job it is to explain or sell GSHPs Jay's colorful and compelling presentation could prove invaluable.

Wednesday 11:00-11:30 AM
Courtyard & Patio
Coffee Break and Mingle with Exhibitors

Wednesday 11:00-12:30 PM
Capital Room
Certified Geo-Exchange Designer Course (Session 10 of 10) for registered Certified Geo-Exchange Designer students only
Construction and Commissioning
Ed Lohrenz, B.E.S., CGD, Founder, GEOptimize Inc.
This is part of the distance learning option of the IGSHPA CGD training for professional engineers, registered architects, installers, and contractors. It is an 8-week webinar training culminating in two final classroom sessions at the conference. This unique opportunity to spend quality time with the instructor is by special arrangement between NY-GEO and IGSHPA. See http://www.igshpa.okstate.edu/training/cgd.asp for more information. 20 PDH credits for entire course.

Wednesday 11:30-12:30 PM
Stonehenge B
Contractor/Public Policy Track
Net Zero - the Future of Building, Starting NOW
Joanne Coons, Capital Region Section Chair for the New York Solar Energy Society (NYSES), Moderator
Panelists:
Larry LaDuca, Vice President, Natale Builders
Mark Stimson, Business Development Manager, Bosch Thermotechnology Corp.
Michelle Tinner, CLEAResult (providing support to partners in the NYSERDA Low-rise Residential New Construction Program)
Larry LaDuca (builder), Mark Stimson (engineer) and Michelle Tinner (renewable energy consultant) will discuss Net Zero buildings. Net Zero construction results in a building that works with nature to supply its own energy. Net Zero is coming on strong and geothermal heating and cooling has a significant role to play in net zero projects in the Northeast. Learn from three experts who are immersed and experienced in net zero building.

Wednesday 11:30-12:30 PM
Stonehenge C
Design and Planning Track
St. Patrick's Cathedral and other Great Big Geothermal Jobs
John Rhyner, LEED AP, Vice President, Geothermal Services at P.W. Grosser Consulting, Inc.
Jan Westra, Representative, Dutch ATES
Daniel Audette, Senior Energy Engineer, Energy Tax Savers
John Rhyner will unveil what is likely to be New York's highest profile geo installation at St. Patrick's Cathedral. Jan Westra will discuss Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage installations in the Netherlands and Daniel Audette will explain how the $1.80/sf EPAct 179 D tax deduction has saved hundreds of thousands of dollars on numerous big public and private projects throughout the US. 1 PDH credit.

Wednesday 12:30-1:30 PM
Courtyard & Patio
Lunch

Wednesday 1:30-3:30 PM
Stonehenge B
The GeoStar Top Job Competition
John Manning, P.E., President, Phoenix Energy Supply, Treasurer, NY-GEO, Moderator
Judges:
Arlene Anderson, Technology Manager, Geothermal Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
John (Jack) P. DiEnna, Jr., Executive Director & Founder of the Geothermal National & International Initiative (GEO-NII) and the Principal of Indian Rock Associates LLC
Will Lange, Director, Distributor Sales & Utility Development at WaterFurnace International (GeoStar is a subsidiary of WaterFurnace)
Mark Stimson, Business Development Manager of Bosch Thermotechnology Corporation
John Turley, President of the IGSHPA Board of Directors and Middleton Geothermal Services

Everyone will gather together in Stonehenge B for the conference pièce de résistance—the 2016 GeoStar Top Job Competition, sponsored by GeoStar ("Affordable, Renewable, Clean").

There are three objectives to this competition. The first is to demonstrate the potential in the breadth and depth of geothermal heat pump technology. The second is to highlight and recognize the incredible talent, creativity and imagination that exist in geothermal system designers and installers. The third is to communicate to the public the variety of ways geothermal heat pump technology can be applied to different settings.

This competition is open to any commissioned geothermal installation, regardless of location. The project could be a simple residential job executed with the highest regard for cost-effective design and installation efficiency, a large complex commercial project or anything in between. Simple elegance and economy of design are plusses. Another part of the evaluation will based on how passionately the designer/installer expounds on his or her project.

Each of the seven finalists selected receives free access to NY-GEO-2016 conference. At the competition, contestants will present, explain and defend their project to a panel of judges in front of a live audience. These rapid-fire 10 minute presentations will get snappy responses from our panel of judges, who include Arlene Anderson, John (Jack) P. DiEnna, Jr., Will Lange, Mark Stimson and John Turley.

The winning entry of the 2016 GeoStar Top Job Competition will receive a $500 cash prize and have their project promoted on the NY-GEO home page. See last year's winner, Moravec Geothermal and Hunt Country Winery with "Sustainability in the Fingerlakes", which received recognition from New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo.

For more information, or to apply for the competition, see GeoStar Top Job.

Safe travel home.
Please complete your conference evaluation and drop it and your reusable name tag off at the registration desk as you leave.

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Hotel Reservations

The 2016 NY-GEO Conference, being held at the Wolf Road Radisson in Albany, NY on April 19 & 20, is an event that all clean energy stakeholders should plan on attending. The two days include content-rich presentations (some AIA and PDH certified), dinner with a keynote speaker, exhibits by various product manufacturers, distributors and service providers and plenty of opportunities to make valuable business connections to expand and strengthen your network.

The Radisson is giving the NY-GEO conference good service and a great price on both meeting space and hotel rooms for participants ($110). You can enjoy all the perks of staying at the conference location: convenience, proximity and after-hours socializing.

PLEASE NOTE: The special room rate will be expiring on Friday, April 1st at 5:00 PM.

By Phone: Hotel reservations can be made at the conference $110 room rate before the April 1st deadline by calling 518-458-7250 and letting them know you're registered for the conference.

By Internet: Here is the link to the reservations site http://www.radisson.com/albany-hotel-ny-12205/usaalba. The promotional code for our group is GEO. If you click on the link above you will then put in the dates for the reservation and then click on "More Search Options." Then change the rate type to "Promotional Code." Under that it will say "Enter Code or ID." This is where you will enter GEO. This will take you to the page to pick your room type and you will continue through the rest of the reservations page.



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