2017 Conference Detail Top Job



TUESDAY, APRIL 18

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


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19

Wednesday 8:00-9:00 AM
Courtyard & Patio
Registration, Continental Breakfast & Mingling with Exhibitors

Wednesday 9:00-10:00 AM
Stonehenge B
Welcome & Housekeeping
John Ciovacco, President, Aztech Geothermal, Board Member, NY-GEO

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
Paul Tonko, US Congressman, 20th District

Wednesday 10:00-11:00 AM
Stonehenge B
Best Practices Track WS1
Geothermal Driller's Panel: Major Factors Influencing GHP Drilling Cost and Capacity in NYS
Moderator Zach Fink, ZBF Geothermal
Panel:
Kevin Moravec, Moravec Geothermal
Dave Rosick, Rosick Well Drilling
Garrett Carrino, American Well & Pump Co.
Tammy Cole, Cole’s Drilling

New York State drillers will share experiences about the conditions influencing geothermal drilling costs. Would it help to have geothermal-specific drilling equipment? What is the influence of various geologies found in their service areas? How much does scale help lower costs? Are there restrictive regulations from NYS agencies that could be addressed? Through exchanges like this, we hope to promote a better understanding of this important work.

Wednesday 10:00-11:00 AM
Stonehenge C
Sustainability Track WS1
Geothermal System Design Overview
Presenter Jay Egg, Founder, EggGeothermal

The many benefits of geothermal systems can be overlooked if you don't look at the whole picture. This workshop will discuss the economic and environmental benefits with ways to quantify them. We will explore the calculations of lifetime cost analysis and the influence of applicable financial incentives offered through utility or state government programs. During this presentation we will cover a basic understanding of the refrigeration cycle, calculating heating and cooling loads, building envelope considerations to achieve comfort and getting a better understanding of efficiency. A progression from building thermal loads to determining heat pump capacity needed and the influence these have on ground loop sizing. 1 PDH, AIA, BPI and/or LEED credit.

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

Wednesday 11:30-12:30 PM
Stonehenge B
Best Practices Track WS2
The Cost of Quality: Why Aztech Initiated a Formal Continuous Improvement Program
Presenters:
Geoff Hoffer, Aztech Geothermal
John Ciovacco, President, Aztech Geothermal, Board Member, NY-GEO

Like any maturing industry, geothermal installers need to reduce costs and improve quality. Earlier this year Aztech Geothermal embarked on a formal company-wide program modeled after Lean Quality Improvement movement made famous by manufacturing companies like, Toyota. Hear about how Aztech has set out to identify the major sources of waste and commit to continuous improvement in quantifiable ways. Geoff will share some examples from his company’s initiative and plans for expanding the program in the future.

Wednesday 11:30-12:30 PM
Stonehenge C
Sustainability Track WS2
Variations in GHP Ground Loop Systems
Presenter Jay Egg, Founder, EggGeothermal

This workshop will discuss the various geothermal ground loop systems and help you understand which one may be best suited for a given building. Closed loop systems include horizontal ground loops, vertical ground loops, pond/lake loops and direct exchange. Depending on the size and complexity of the building(s) there are opportunities for thermal load sharing and incorporation of mini-grids. Information will also be presented on evaluating topography, measuring soil conductivity and selection of the best location for a ground-loop system. The workshop will also touch on the basics of writing a geothermal system request for proposal (RFP) including key elements needed for the geothermal drilling contractor specification. 1 PDH, AIA, BPI and/or LEED credit.

Wednesday Noon-12:30
Courtyard & Patio
ASHRAE/AEE members: Register for PDH credits and Pick Up Lunch.

Wednesday 12:30-1:30 PM
Poolside
ASHRAE/AEE Luncheon: District Geothermal Considerations for College Campuses
Presenters:
John Manning, P.E., President, Earth Sensitive Solutions, Treasurer, NY-GEO
Paul Lundberg, Assistant Director of Construction Services at Skidmore College

This event will offer 1 PDH, AIA, BPI and/or LEED credit.

Wednesday 12:30-1:30 PM
Courtyard & Patio
Lunch & Mingling with Exhibitors, Sponsored by Blake Equipment

Wednesday 1:30-2:30 PM
Stonehenge B
Best Practices Track WS3
Finding Customers: Proven & Promising GHP Marketing Strategies
Moderator Fred Newell, WaterFurnace
Panel:
Hal Smith, Halco Energy
Donovan Gordon, Director of Renewable Heating and Cooling, NYSERDA
Kathy (Cooper) Hannun, Dandelion

If you are tired of hearing geothermal is the best kept secret, then this workshop is for you! Strategic marketing is about deciding the characteristics of your customer and endeavoring to find them. Once you are clear on your definition of the customer, it is also marketing to create awareness that draws potential customers to your product or service. In this workshop we’ll hear from three perspectives on what type of marketing activities seem to work best: 1) a very successful installation contractor, 2) a community driven marketing campaign and 3) a company developing information technology tools designed to efficiently fill their sales pipeline.

Wednesday 1:30-2:30 PM
Stonehenge C
Sustainability Track WS3
Choosing the Right Geothermal System Type
Presenter Jay Egg, Founder, EggGeothermal

There are several options for the internal mechanical arrangements for GHP systems, starting with a more centralized approach or to have distributed water-source heat pumps. This workshop will present a discussion of the basic approaches and components of GHP internal building systems with options for domestic hot water. In addition to space conditioning, examples of using geothermal as a method to heat swimming pools will be given. Like all mechanical systems in buildings, a properly designed and installed geothermal system will require some level of monitoring to establish and, possibly improve, its performance. 1 PDH, AIA, BPI and/or LEED credit.

Wednesday 2:30-3:30 PM
Stonehenge B
Best Practices Track WS4
Coffee is for Closers: Improve Your Sales Process and Get Results
Moderator Amanda Schneck, WaterFurnace
Panel:
Lauren Valentine, Sandler Sales Training
AJ Heiligman, President, Alternative Carbon Energy Systems, Inc. (ACES)
John Heilbrunn, Halco Energy
Other Panelists TBA

A successful sales process should result in securing a commitment from your customer. In this workshop we'll hear from three perspectives on what type of sales activities seem to work best: 1) a local geothermal installation company, 2) their sales coach from Sandler and 3) a company looking to adapt the best practices from other related industries serving a similar demographic. Whether your company needs a complete sales process overhaul or just looking for a few tips, this workshop is sure to help!

Wednesday 2:30-3:30 PM
Stonehenge C
Sustainability Track WS4
Evaluating the Benefits of GHPs Through Case Studies
Presenter Jay Egg, Founder, EggGeothermal

This workshop will show a range of examples of geothermal systems – with information about their design considerations, capacities, operating performance and level of maintenance required. 1 PDH, AIA, BPI and/or LEED credit.

Wednesday 3:30-4:00 PM
Courtyard & Patio
Afternoon Snack & Mingling with Exhibitors

Wednesday 4:00-5:00 PM
Stonehenge B
Best Practices Track WS5
Standardization: A Necessary Step for GHP Industry Growth
Moderator John Joshi, Director of Financial Solutions at NYSERDA
Panel:
Laura Fidao, CT Green Bank
Zach Fink, ZBF Geothermal
David Hermantin, PW Grosser Consulting, Inc.
Cary Smith, IGSHPA
David Time, HSB

How can the GHP industry grow without sacrificing quality and performance? What's needed to reduce the perceived risk from private capital sources? This workshop will highlight some of the initiatives going on in this region to encourage common design and installation standards for the GHP industry. We'll hear from three perspectives; 1) Member of the Standardization Committee for the Renewable Thermal Alliance, 2) an engineering firm working to develop standards and 3) a geothermal contractor to provide feedback in search of the right a balance between cost and quality. Hope many of you will join in the dialog!

Wednesday 4:00-5:00 PM
Stonehenge C
Sustainability Track WS5
Electrification of the HVAC Infrastructure
Presenter John Manning, P.E., President, Earth Sensitive Solutions, Treasurer, NY-GEO

Electrifying our heating infrastructure is the only strategy that can displace fossil fuels to heat our buildings, a very significant area of fossil fuel use in New York State. Natural Gas, Fuel Oil and Propane provide 85.3% of the 456 Trillion BTUs required to heat the buildings in New York State. Aside from carbon emissions, the byproducts of combustion contain thousands of other compounds that have a definitive negative impact on our health. This presentation will reinforce the why this transformation must occur, it will characterize the various choices we have and it will illustrate the impact on the electrical grid associated with each of these choices. In addition to meeting the Governor’s carbon reduction goals this essential transformation will have immediate benefits in improving the quality of the air we breathe and corresponding health benefits. 1 PDH, AIA, BPI and/or LEED credit.

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

Wednesday 6:00-8:00 PM
Phoenix Room
NY-GEO 2017 Annual Dinner

A National Perspective
Douglas Dougherty, President and CEO, The Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO)
John (Jack) P. DiEnna, Jr., Board Member, IGSHPA

NY-GEO Year in Review
Bill Nowak, Executive Director, NY-GEO

Dinner Keynote
The Clean Energy Fund and its Implications for the Clean Energy Industry
John B. Rhodes, President & Chief Executive Officer, NYSERDA
Update on the Clean Energy Fund.

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


THURSDAY, APRIL 20

Thursday 7:30-8:30 AM
Courtyard & Patio
Registration, Continental Breakfast & Mingling with Exhibitors

Thursday 8:30-9:00 AM
Stonehenge B
Keynote Address: A Utility Customer's View of the Benefits and Challenges of Geothermal Heating and Cooling
Ken Daly, President, National Grid New York

Thursday 9:00-10:00 AM
Stonehenge B
Plenary Panel Discussion
From Policy to Action: Making Renewable Heating & Cooling a Sustainable Reality in NYS

Moderator Donovan Gordon, Director of Renewable Heating & Cooling, NYSERDA
Panel:
Erich Scherer, Energy and Environmental Analyst at NYSERDA
Guy Sliker, New York Power Authority
Chong (John) Lin, National Grid
John Ciovacco, Aztech Geothermal
Other Panelists TBA

Over the past year, NYSERDA and other state agencies have been hard at work finding ways to increase the utilization of renewable heating and cooling technologies. NYSERDA's Erich Sherer will lead a panel with the people directly involved in program development including the Thermalize Initiative, Capacity Rebates, REV Demonstration Projects, NYPA's commitment to GHP for Public Buildings, the evaluation of TRECs and utility rate structure changes. So lots going on – fasten your seatbelts!

Thursday 10:00-11:00 AM
Stonehenge B
Best Practices Track WS6
Making GHPs More Affordable: Financing Options for Customers
Moderator John Joshi, Director of Financial Solutions at NYSERDA
Panel:
Hal Smith, Halco Energy
Paul Bony, EGIA Financing
Robert Fischman, PACE
Tim Weber, Diverso Energy

Generally speaking, expensive things are made affordable by financing over some period of time. So even if geothermal heating and cooling has the lowest operating cost, the installation cost is a barrier to wide scale adoption. This workshop will discuss available financing options and the emergence of third party ownership models (e.g. leasing) will help you and your customer overcome the up-front cost barrier!

Thursday 10:00-11:00 AM
Stonehenge C
Sustainability Track WS6
The Future of Geothermal Heat Pumps in New York State
Presenter Jens Ponikau, Founder, Buffalo Geothermal, Board Member, NY-GEO

Carbon reduction and energy efficiency goals are becoming more commonplace around the world. This seminar will review some of the international environmental initiatives, plus some of the most progressive policies and programs in the US. Geothermal heat pumps pay a particularly critical role in meeting New York State's energy and carbon reduction goals. Aside from the goals stated in the 2015 NYS Energy Plan, there are also significant impacts on the State’s electrical grid in terms of overall capacity, grid utilization and winter/summer peaks. Based on these facts, some discussion of the trajectory for GHP and other initiatives to meet the 2030 CO2 goals, peak demand considerations, etc.

Thursday 10:00-11:00 AM
Capital Room
Geothermal 101 Ground Source Heat Pumps for Beginners
Presenter 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.

Thursday 11:00-11:30 AM
Courtyard & Patio
Coffee Break & Mingling with Exhibitors

Thursday 11:30-12:30 PM
Stonehenge B
Best Practices Track WS7
Direct-to-Load Hydronic Piping: A Simple Change Pays Huge Dividends
Presenters:
John Manning, P.E., President, Earth Sensitive Solutions, Treasurer, NY-GEO
Jens Ponikau, Founder, Buffalo Geothermal, Board Member, NY-GEO

Hydronic/geothermal heating and cooling offers tremendous potential to penetrate the hydronic retrofit market currently being heated with fossil fuel boilers. The two principal technical barriers in the past were higher water temperatures that are often required by the distribution equipment and the overall seasonal efficiencies that result from delivering higher temperature water with a heat pump. Recently high temperature water-water heat pumps capable of producing 145 F leaving load temperature (LLT), have been introduced. However, the major factor for efficient heat pump operation is still the load temperature leaving the unit. A novel "Direct-to-Load" piping concept has been developed that sends the load water leaving the heat pump directly to the heating distribution system and avoids the thermal dilution that occurs when piped into the buffer tank as illustrated in more conventional piping schemes. The Direct-to-Load piping strategy is an eloquent and free method to raise the overall system efficiency by 10%.

Thursday 11:30-12:30 PM
Stonehenge C
Sustainability Track WS7
International Perspectives on GHPs
Moderator Bob Wyman
Panel:
Heather Anderson, Bosch Thermotechnology (Germany)
David Hatherton, Hatherton Company (Canada)
Martin Forsén, NIBE (Sweden)

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

Thursday Noon-12:30 PM
Courtyard & Patio
CRBRA/NYSES members: Register & Pick Up Lunch.

Thursday 12:30-1:30 PM
Poolside
CRBRA/NYSES Luncheon: The Future of Energy in Homes
Presenter Jay Egg, Founder, EggGeothermal

Thursday 1:30-3:30 PM
Stonehenge B
The GeoStar Top Job Competition
Moderator John Manning, P.E., President, Earth Sensitive Solutions, Treasurer, NY-GEO
Judges TBA

Everyone will gather together in Stonehenge B for the conference pièce de résistance—the 2017 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.

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.

The winning entry of the 2017 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, Guy Wanegar with A&B Cooling & Heating Corp. for The Benker/Wegner Residence, which received recognition from the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA).

For more information, contact John Manning at jmanning@earthsensitive.com.

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Safe travel home.
Please remember to drop your reusable name tag badge off at the labeled collection boxes as you leave.
Thank you.



Organizational Sponsors

Green Energy Times

American Ground Water Trust

New England Geothermal Professional Association

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Connecticut Geothermal Association

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Geothermal Exchange Organization

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New York Solar Energy Society

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International Ground Source Heat Pump Association

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Association of Energy Engineers

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Farmingdale State College Renewable Energy & Sustainablity Center

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New York Society of Professional Engineers

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