y2016 Conference Speakers

Arlene Anderson
Daniel Audette
John Ciovacco
Joanne Coons
Jack DiEnna
Jay Egg
Brad Fisher
John Franceschina

Donovan Gordon
David Hatherton
AJ Heiligman
Matt Johnston
John Joshi
Zack Koch
Larry LaDuca
Will Lange
Ed Lohrenz

Paul Lundberg
John Manning
Fred Newell
Bill Nowak
Jens Ponikau
John B. Rhodes
John Rhyner
Erich Scherer

Mark Stimson
Samara Swanston
Michelle Tinner
John Turley
Jeff Urlaub
Jan Westra
Bob Wyman
Khaled A. Yousef
Audrey Zibelman



Arlene Anderson

Arlene Anderson

Arlene Anderson is a technology manager and physical scientist in the Science and Energy mission space at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Within Science and Energy, Arlene's organization, "Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy," takes its place alongside offices focused on basic energy sciences, oil and gas development, energy development on tribal lands, electricity grid modernization and nuclear energy. Arlene has led nearly $50 million of DOE-funded Geothermal RDD&D including the development of a federated National Geothermal Data System (NGDS). She currently leads the DOE Geothermal Data Repository node on the NGDS and several new strategic materials and low-temperature geothermal projects. Arlene also serves on DOE's crosscutting Energy-Water Nexus Team and specializes in renewable energy benefits assessment.

Arlene has a Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and a Master's Degree in Planning from the University of Virginia's School of Architecture.

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Top Job Judge

Daniel Audette

Daniel Audette

Daniel Audette is Senior Energy Engineer, Energy Tax Savers, the nation's leading tax firm for energy-related tax savings. He has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Hofstra University, and is a Certified Energy Manager and LEED GA.

He is the co-author of numerous articles about building-related tax incentives, published in Building Operating Management, UNIT Magazine, Green Lodging News, International Parking Institute, Corporate Business Taxation Monthly and Thomson Reuters. He has presented on the Energy Policy Act of 2005 throughout the country to hundreds of corporations, architectural firms, engineering firms, accounting firms, and numerous national utility educational events.

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St. Patrick's Cathedral and Other Great Big Geothermal Jobs

John Ciovacco

John Ciovacco

John Ciovacco is President of Aztech Geothermal, a design-build contractor of innovative building energy systems based in Ballston Spa, NY. He is a resource to building owners, construction companies, engineers, architects and investors regarding the latest renewable and energy efficiency technologies, government incentives and financing options.

John is an IGSHPA Accredited Geothermal Installer, a Building Performance Institute (BPI) Certified Contractor, American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education Presenter, and a Certified Green Professional with the NAHB. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Union College.

John is a founding member and Interim Director of NY-GEO.

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Upfront Cost Barrier
Who Is Responsible (moderator)
The Future of Renewable Heating and Cooling in the Northeast

Joanne Coons

Joanne Coons

Joanne Coons teaches science at Hudson Valley Community College and is the Capital Region Section Chair for the New York Solar Energy Society (NYSES). NYSES is an organization that encourages the understanding and use of solar energy technologies through public outreach, offers sound technical knowledge and provides a forum to address critical regional and state issues relating to solar energy solutions. NYSES addresses the energy usage of all segments of society by increasing awareness of the benefits of renewables, including geothermal heat pump technology.

Joanne, and her husband Paul, earned GreenBuilder Magazine's 2012 Overall Grand Winner Green Home of the Year Award by transforming their once-dilapidated house into a net-zero-plus energy efficient home. The project also qualified for LEED Platinum and NAHB's NGBS Emerald level certifications.

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Net Zero – the Future of Building

Jack DiEnna

Jack DiEnna

Jack DiEnna is the Executive Director & Founder of the Geothermal National & International Initiative (GEO-NII) and the Principal of Indian Rock Associates LLC. He is a business development and marketing professional with over 40 years combined experience in the electric utility industry and the geothermal heat pump industry. He is a nationally recognized authority on geothermal heat pumps (GHP), including marketing, creative financing and the resulting positive economic and environmental impact that can be derived from the use of this renewable technology.

Jack's expertise is internationally acknowledged as a valued resource by government officials, both national and international, trade allies, and all major market segment associations in the promotion of geothermal heat pumps and other renewable technologies.

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Dinner Update: What's Happening Nationally with Geothermal?
Top Job Judge

Jay Egg

Jay Egg

Jay Egg formed EggGeothermal in 1990 to provide geothermal HVAC systems and consultation services for a variety of public and private clients. EggGeothermal is also a training and curriculum facilitator for the "Geothermal Workshop Series" serving the GeoExchange Organization/American Ground Water Trust, and National Ground Water Association, where Jay provides AIA continuing education credit and up-to the-minute information for industry professionals.

Jay is also an industry spokesman, renewable energy expert and author of Geothermal HVAC, Green Heating and Cooling and Modern Geothermal HVAC Engineering and Control Applications. He writes for numerous trade magazines including National Geographic Energy, Commercial Building Products Magazine, Plumbing Engineer, Plumbing and Heating Contractor News, Green Builder, Mechanical Hub, U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration and National Driller.

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Selling an Installation
Geothermal 101

Bradley J. Fisher

Bradley J. Fisher, P.E.

Bradley J. Fisher, P.E., is the President of Friedman Fisher Associates, P.C. in Albany, NY. The firm is a full service Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing consulting engineering firm that has been in business for over 70 years. Brad manages a staff of 14 and is responsible for HVAC system conceptual designs and development of the selected system's Basis of Design and control. The firm designs buildings in the commercial, health care, institutional and industrial markets. Brad is a Past-President of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of New York State.

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Who Is Responsible?
Analyzing and Presenting the Options to the Client

John Franceschina, P.E.

John Franceschina, P.E.

John Franceschina, P.E., formerly the Director of Commercial Energy Efficiency Programs at the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), is now Senior Manager for Lockheed Martin’s Energy Efficiency and Demand Response program for PSEG Long Island. It provides rebates and incentives for the 1.1M residential and commercial customers in the PSEG-LI territory which includes virtually all homes and businesses in Nassau and Suffolk counties and the Rockaways.

As Senior Manager, John leads, manages and oversees all aspects of PSEG's residential energy efficiency programs encompassing both the new construction and existing building market sectors.

John is a founding member and President of NY-GEO.

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Welcome & Opening Remarks
The Future of Renewable Heating and Cooling

Donovan Gordon
Donovan Gordon

Donovan Gordon is Director of Renewable Heating & Cooling for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). He leads New York State’s efforts to develop markets that support clean, high-efficiency, renewable thermal systems, including solar cooling, heating and hot water; air and ground source heat pumps, and biomass heating systems. He is charged with conceptualizing, driving and implementing a portfolio of products to encourage and enable customers and partners to invest in low-carbon/renewable cooling and heating systems and also with advancing New York's progress toward self-sustained markets.

Donovan is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited Green Associate, and an International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) accredited Geothermal Installer. He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from St. Francis College and a Master in Business Administration from NYU, Stern School of Business.

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NYSERDA's Renewable Heating and Cooling Program

David Hatherton
David Hatherton

Dave Hatherton has been a pioneer of the GHP industry in North America for 36 years. He is the founder or co-founder of WaterFurnace in Canada (1980), WFI in the USA (1983) with Dan Ellis, ESI (1991), DX HP manufacturer, later sold to WF USA and NextEnergy Inc. (1989) sold in 2011. Dave's industry leadership roles have included CEO of ESI/WaterFurnace Inc. Canada, VP of WaterFurnace International, US, VP of ClimateMaster Inc. and CEO of NextEnergy.

He is a founding member of IGSHPA, founding president of CEEA (Ontario Hydro GSHP Program), the EEA, DC (precursor to GHPC), GHPC – DC and CGC Canada. Dave's other contributions include writing the first draft CSA 445 standard for GSHPs, which has evolved into CSA 448, testifying before the US Congress for $100M GHPC request for funding, which was approved, providing input to the Obama Administration’s Report on geothermal by ORNL, and presenting on behalf of the OGA for Climate Change Policy in Canada in 2016.

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The Future: Is 3rd Party Ownership or Aggregation on Your Horizon?

AJ Heiligman
AJ Heiligman

AJ Heiligman is President of Alternative Carbon Energy Systems, Inc., a design-build renewable energy contractor in Rochester, NY. ACES primary business is the design and installation of residential and light commercial geothermal system throughout Upstate, NY. AJ and his team also design and install solar PV, solar thermal and complex hydronic systems to complement their geothermal offering. AJ is an IGSHPA Accredited Geothermal Installer, a Certified Energy Manger (CEM) from the Association of Energy Engineers. He has a BS degree from Clarkson University and is a current MBA candidate at the University of Rochester.

AJ is a founding member of NY-GEO.

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Who Is Responsible?
The Future of Renewable Heating and Cooling

Matt Johnston
Matt Johnston

Matt Johnston is an urban planning and development professional with 10 years of experience in environmental, energy, transportation, and real estate policy, publication, and project management.

He is currently the Program Director for HeatSmart Tompkins, a program administered by Solar Tompkins, the nonprofit organization focused on facilitating a large, sustained increase in the rate of renewable energy adoption in Tompkins County, NY. HeatSmart—a first-of-kind program nationally—aims to accelerate the transition of home-heating away from fossil fuels via deployment of highly-efficient air-source and geothermal heat pump systems in combination with better building efficiency through improved insulation and air sealing.

Formerly, Matt has held positions in Boston, MA, with the Harvard School of Public Health and the Conservation Law Foundation, and in Washington, DC, with the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, the Urban Land Institute, and as a consultant to the U.S. General Services Administration’s Office of Planning and Design Quality. He earned an MA from Cornell University in City & Regional Planning and a BA from Ithaca College.

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The Future: Is 3rd Party Ownership or Aggregation on Your Horizon?

John Joshi

John Joshi

John Joshi is Director of Financial Solutions at NYSERDA. He is a member of the NREL SAPC Working Group to develop the standards for solar securitization and capital market solutions. He works with industry stakeholders to develop standards for solar securitization, risk analysis, best practices for performance reporting and analysis, and formed crucial relationships with the broader finance and investor community. Mr. Joshi has advised the DOE Office of the Secretary, Under Secretary and the Senate staff on solar finance and securitization. His previous experience at Plant - Smart Energy Solutions, The Clinton Group, Countrywide Alternative Investments, Capital Fusion Partners, Salomon Brothers makes John an expert in all facets of finance, investments, structured finance, strategy, business development, financial strategy and capital markets solutions.

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The Future: Is 3rd Party Ownership or Aggregation on Your Horizon?

Zack Koch

Zack Koch

Zachary (Zack) Koch is the Commercial Area Manager at Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating. He has worked in the Commercial HVAC industry for the past five years and spent the last two with Mitsubishi Electric Cooling and Heating. His main focus is on the design and application of ductless splits and VRF products in the Albany, Western Mass, and Connecticut markets.

He graduated from Clarkson University in 2011 with Bachelors of Science in Engineering and Management, and more recently earned a Master's Degree in Engineering Management from Clarkson University.

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The Great Debate

Larry LaDuca

Larry LaDuca

Larry LaDuca has 30+ years executive level experience in management, sales and marketing for national and international companies. He earned a MBA from the University of Buffalo, specializing in new business development, alternative energy, and high performance building. As Vice President of Natale Builders he pursues Green/Net-Zero building for residential and commercial applications. Larry and his team were winners of the NAHB Project of the year for Green Neighborhood. His Rivera Greens project was the first certified green /net zero neighborhood in New York State. Since 2011 Natale Builders has constructed over 126 Energy Star homes and 46+ Green Certified homes with HERS scores ranging from 8-43.

Larry is familiar with all types of geothermal, wind, and solar applications for homes and businesses as well as energy efficient building. His custom and production homes are all third party rated and certified from Silver Level NAHB and NYSERDA. He is currently working with a NYSERDA LED lighting grant and developing Net Zero communities throughout the WNY region.

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Who Is Responsible?
Net Zero – The Future of Building NOW

Will Lange

Will Lange

Will Lange is Director of Distributor Sales & Utility Development at WaterFurnace International. He comes to the geothermal industry from a diverse background in the HVAC business including manufacturing, engineering, marketing, and sales. With a fierce desire to leave the world a better place, Will is devoted to two areas of his life where he can make the greatest impact; his family and energy efficiency. With WaterFurnace International Will serves as a sales director and works with the electrical utility industry to advance GHP technology.

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The Great Debate
Top Job Judge

Ed Lohrenz

Ed Lohrenz

Ed Lohrenz is the founder of GEOptimize Inc. He has designed or consulted on well over 10,000 tons of installed heat pump capacity operating throughout North America, Asia and Australia since the early 1980's, including district energy systems and systems with integrated ice storage tanks.

He is the author and Accredited Trainer of IGSHPA's new Certified GeoExchange Design (CGD). He is the founder and president of GEOptimize Inc., which provides training and consulting services to end-user clients, mechanical engineers, architects and contractors in the GeoExchange industry.

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Certified GeoExchange Design #9, #10
Geo Won't Work Here Because...
Is It Feasible?
Top Job Judge

Paul Lundberg

Paul Lundberg

Paul Lundberg is the Assistant Director of Construction Services at Skidmore College. He also has been involved with all of Skidmore’s Energy Conservation Measures; Geothermal development; and Renewable Energy Initiatives within the past 15 years. His influence in developing the Geothermal District approach for Skidmore assisted in the team being designated by AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) with a national award for innovation in 2012.

He is also involved with the recent developments for renewable energy at Skidmore; its 2MW solar array and a hydroelectric facility; 40% of the campus is currently utilizing geothermal technologies and the college is positioned for some of the most exciting sustainability leadership among its peer institutions. Paul holds degrees in Natural Resources Conservation; Biological Science and certifications in Environmental Management. He received a M.S. in Energy Management from NYIT. Additionally he has designations as an AEE-C.E.M. and a CGD via IGSHPA.

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District Geothermal on Campus

John Manning, P.E.

John Manning, P.E.

John Manning, P.E., supports hundreds of geothermal contractors through Phoenix Energy Supply and Earth Sensitive Solutions. Since obtaining a Research Grant from the National Science Foundation in 1975 John has engaged in every aspect of heat pump design, marketing, application and system design.

As founder of Earth Sensitive Solutions, LLC he has contributed to the successful application of geothermal heat pump technology from Port Augusta, Australia to Auburn, NY. Mr. Manning is also a trained presenter and supporter of The Climate Project.

John is a founding member and Treasurer of NY-GEO.

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Basic Project Design Details for Engineers and Architects
How to Screw It Up: The Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid
Top Job MC

Fred Newell

Fred Newell

Fred Newell is the Central Region Manager for WaterFurnace International. WaterFurnace is a manufacturer of geothermal equipment headquartered in Fort Wayne, IN. In his role as Region Manager, Fred works with Territory Managers from Eastern Oklahoma to Portland, Maine focusing on residential geo business. He has been in the HVAC industry since 2001, working primarily with dealers and manufacturers. He began his career with the Quincy, Illinois-based wholesale HVAC company, T. F. Ehrhart.

Fred is on the HVAC Advisory Council at Linn State College in Linn, MO and has been a Geothermal Alliance of Illinois (GAOI) and IGSPHA member for many years. He has been with WaterFurnace since 2009. His education is from Missouri State University and he currently lives in Lake Ozark, Missouri.

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The Future of Renewable Heating and Cooling

Bill Nowak

Bill Nowak

Bill Nowak is a founding member and currently Executive Director of NY-GEO. He is both an environmental advocate and renewable energy promoter. His effectiveness as Director of Policy Research on the NY State Senate Environmental Conservation Committee while working for Senator Antoine M. Thompson contributed to the Senator being named 2010 Legislator of the Year by Environmental Advocates of NY and 2010 Solar Legislative Champion by the NY Solar Energy Industries Association.

In 2011 Bill obtained his IGSHPA Accredited Installer Certification. This added to the many other certifications and education credentials Bill has obtained since obtaining his BA degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He has written articles on renewable energy and geothermal heat pump technology for various publications.

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Dinner MC

Jens Ponikau

Jens Ponikau

Jens Ponikau is the co-owner of Buffalo Geothermal Heating, a geothermal design and installation firm that installs between 90-100 systems per year in Western NY. He is an International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) accredited geothermal installer and geoexchange designer.

He has a doctoral degree from the University of Hamburg, Germany. Before moving to Western NY and helping to found Buffalo Geothermal in 2008, he had installed 120 geosystems in Germany - his native land. Jens regularly gives seminars and public presentations on geothermal technology and has made public appearances on the radio, in schools, and at home shows to share his knowledge on geothermal heat pimp technology.

Jens is a founding member and Vice President of NY-GEO.

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Saving Time and Money with Looping Best Practices
The Great Debate: Ground-Source vs. Air Source Heat Pumps

John B. Rhodes

John B. Rhodes

John B. Rhodes has been the president and CEO of NYSERDA since 2013. NYSERDA is a public benefit corporation that advances innovative energy solutions to improve New York State’s economy and environment. He has also served as the director for the Center for Market Innovation at the NRDC, an international environmental advocacy organization. He spent three years as acting chief operating officer at Good Energies, a leading investment firm focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency.

He is on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Alliance to Save Energy, Urban Green Council, New York Institute for Special Education, American Federation for Aging Research and Cornerstone Literacy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton University and a master’s degree in management from the Yale School of Management.

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Tuesday Keynote Address I

John Rhyner

John Rhyner

John Rhyner is a licensed Professional Geologist and is now Vice President of Geothermal Services at P.W. Grosser Consulting, Inc. John is a seasoned environmental consultant, hydrogeologist, client/project manager and accomplished seller-doer within the environmental, geothermal and general site development market sectors. He possesses a unique range of expertise with strong communication and advocacy skills, serving clients throughout the NYC metropolitan area and eastern U.S.

John is presently specializing in development of ground-source heat pump systems as an alternative to fossil fuels and conventional HVAC systems for heating and cooling of commercial and high-end residential facilities. He has a BA in Geology from Dartmouth College. A founding member of LIGEO, he chairs the Standards and Codes Committee.

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St. Patrick's Cathedral and Other Great Big Geothermal Jobs

Erich Scherer

Erich Scherer

Erich Scherer works as a Senior Advisor for Energy and Environmental Analysis at NYSERDA, supporting analysis and policy development across the full range of NYSERDA's clean energy programs. He arrived at NYSERDA in 2015 from the private sector, where he provided financial services across the solar PV, biomass heat and energy efficiency sectors in London and Philadelphia. Prior to that, Erich held a range of positions with the UK Government Department of Energy and Climate Change, where he was one of the authors of the UK renewables policy framework, comprising the Renewables Obligation, Feed-in Tariffs and the Renewable Heat Incentive.

At the European Commission in Brussels, he was one of the designers of the 2009 Renewables Directive, which sets mandatory targets driving renewable energy policy efforts across the European Union. Erich started his career as a lawyer, specializing in corporate and finance law. He holds Masters degrees from the University of Oxford and the Free University of Amsterdam.

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Upfront Cost Barrier

Mark Stimson

Mark Stimson

Mark Stimson is Business Development Manager of Bosch Thermotechnology Corporation, a major manufacturer of geothermal heat pumps. Mark is responsible for business development activities which include zero energy building developments, cross selling opportunities and utility channel development. He has held other positions at Thermotechnology which include managing an applications engineering team and product manager for solar thermal.

Over the past 20 years Mark has been involved in the introduction of emerging technologies in the energy, water and telecommunications industries. Many of the solutions he helped develop and launch have embraced more cost-effective decentralized approach to building out computing and clean technology infrastructure solutions. He has worked for start-ups as well as multi-national corporations. Mark is a graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara with a degree in Environmental Studies and Business Economics.

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Net Zero – the Future of Building
Top Job Judge

Samara Swanston, J.D.

Samara Swanston, J.D.

Samara Swanston, J.D., has been practicing Environmental Law for more than twenty five years. She is currently the legislative counsel to the Environmental Protection Committee of the New York City Council and an Adjunct Professor at the Pratt Institute Graduate School for Urban Planning and the Environment. She was the environmental counsel to the Town of Babylon and the County of Suffolk where she litigated Long Island Pine Barrens v. Town of Brookhaven et al., the largest environmental lawsuit in state history, and was the first drafter of the legislation creating the Long Island Pine Barrens Maritime Reserve Act. Samara also was a Superfund attorney for the Environmental Protection Agency and then a manager for the Superfund program of the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Samara has written numerous, extensively cited law review articles. She was also the first drafter of the local law to require coordination between the state and city for construction projects that require state wetlands or coastal erosion hazard area permits. Among other legislation, she recently wrote wrote two local laws to promote the use of geothermal energy.

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The Future of Renewable Heating and Cooling

Michelle Tinner

Michelle Tinner

Michelle Tinner is a Senior Technical Analyst with CLEAResult, providing support to Partners in the NYSERDA Low-rise Residential New Construction Program (LRNCP).

Prior to CLEAResult, Michelle founded the BPI accredited company MBT Design in 2009, embracing a building science whole systems approach toward work as a home performance contractor and HERS Rater. She is currently completing her M.S. in Sustainable Construction Management at SUNY-ESF, where she also led a design team which won the 2014 U.S. Department of Energy's Challenge Home Student Design Competition.

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Net Zero – the Future of Building

John Turley

John Turley

John Turley is president of the IGSHPA Board of Directors and has more than thirty years' experience in mechanical contracting, with a focus on commercial geothermal installations in the Midwest. His company, Middleton Geothermal Services, was involved with the TC testing, design and/or construction of several hundred commercial geothermal projects from the early 1990's through 2013. Now living in Hilton Head, South Carolina, he consults in many facets of the GSHP industry including training and education, commercial design assistance, remediation and product market development.

John's IGSHPA credentials include Certified Geothermal Installer, IGSHPA Trainer, IGSHPA/AEE Certified Geothermal Designer and IGSHPA Certified Geothermal Inspector. John was part of a team that recently developed IGSHPA's Certified Geothermal Inspector course. This course strives to provide geothermal education to both "code" and "quality" inspectors. John has a BA in business economics from the College of Wooster and a MS in Mineral Economics from Penn State University.

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Top Job Judge

Jeff Urlaub

Jeff Urlaub

Jeff Urlaub is President and CEO of MEP Associates, a company that has designed more than 150 geothermal projects. They have been responsible for some of the most sophisticated and complex geothermal projects in the United States, including the Nation's largest geothermal campus conversion at Ball State University in Muncie, IN and the new Mayo Clinic Health Systems Dialysis facility in Menomonie, WI.

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District Geothermal on Campus

Jan Westra

Jan Westra

Jan Westra is a Strategic Business developer at Priva Headquarters in The Netherlands for complex research and development projects at the cutting edge of horticulture and building technology. His focus areas are America and Europe.

He graduated at the TU Delft in 1985, where he did PhD research on the Advanced Absorption Heat Transformer. This is a thermal device to transform low grade heat to high grade heat without adding energy flows other than auxiliary power.

After TU Delft he worked at HE Consultants in Rotterdam, "technical installations in the build environment." Most of his work involved recommendations for solving problems with poorly performing HVAC installations a as well as designing systems for special applications (like museums) or in specific climate zones, such as the construction of the Dutch Embassy in Suriname at that time. In 1996 Westra joined the Priva company to develop equipment for water treatment for greenhouses and to direct research projects with universities and colleges, such as University of Ghent, KU Leuven, Wageningen UR, University of Twente and technical universities.

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St. Patrick's Cathedral and Other Great Big Geothermal Jobs

Bob Wyman

Bob Wyman

Bob Wyman is a GHP advocate and a renewable energy consultant. He is currently engaged with a number of clients who seek to dramatically increase the adoption of GHP in the US and elsewhere. He also advocates for clean energy solutions in New York City such the elimination of No 6 and No 4 heating oil and the recently passed requirement that GHPs be considered for all new and retrofitted municipal buildings.

Prior to engaging full time with the GHP industry, Bob spent 40+ years in the software industry making significant contributions in the areas of electronic mail, office automation, hypertext, digital rights management, multimedia publishing, and both retrospective and prospective search technologies.

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Upfront Cost Barrier

Khaled A. Yousef, P.E.

Khaled A. Yousef, P.E.

Khaled Yosef, P.E., is the Principal Energy Engineer and founding member of Pyramid Energy Engineering Services, PLLC. He has over 22 years of comprehensive building HVAC and energy systems experience including energy savings performance contracts, energy audits, peak load reduction, building optimization, measurement and verification commissioning, end-use data validation, analysis and verification, system troubleshooting. He also provides NYSERDA programs support, independent technology and energy program evaluations, energy master planning, engineering economics, advanced biomass heating systems, thermal energy storage and district heating and cooling systems.

Khaled served on the NYS Energy Planning Board as a member and representative of the Temporary President of the NYS Senate 2010-2011. A member of ASHRAE and AEE, Khaled has served as an Advisory Council Member for the New York Collaborative of High Performance Schools (NY-CHPS). He is a GBE and LEED AP, as well as a CEM and CDSM. He has received multiple ASHRAE awards. .

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Analyzing and Presenting the Options to the Client

Audrey Zibelman

Audrey Zibelman

Audrey Zibelman was confirmed as a Commissioner of the New York State Public Service Commission on June 19, 2013, and was named Chair on September 3, 2013. Audrey has extensive experience in the public, private and not-for-profit energy and electricity sectors. She is a recognized national and international expert in energy policy, markets and Smart Grid innovation.

As PSC Chair, she is Chair of the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment. She also sits on the State Energy Planning Board; the board of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the board of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Inc. (RGGI), the Audit Committee of RGGI, the New York State Disaster Preparedness Commission, and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Task Force. She is also a member of the U.S. Department of Energy's Electricity Advisory Committee; a member of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Future Electric Utility Regulation Advisory Group. She is also a board member of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC).

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Wednesday Keynote Address II