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 2021 04 20 Electrify With Heat Pumps Top Job Competition - Noon – The NY-GEO Annual Top Job Competition features finalists from among the most innovative and exemplary recent geothermal installations. Lunch and learn with us as we hear from the top experts in the field. Prepare to be excited!  Prepare to vote for your favorite after April 27thLearn more hereRegister here for any one or all 3 of the webinars devoted to the five 2021 Top Job finalists as part of the NY-GEO 2021 Webinar Series.

 Historic Home of Little Women

Orchard House was the home of Louisa May Alcott, author of the American classic ‘Little Women’. It is currently a living museum with approximately 80% of the furnishings on display belonging to the Alcott family during their residency there between 1858 and 1877.  The old HVAC system consisted of a gas boiler and air conditioning compressors located in the basement. Noise from the compressors travelled up into the museum space where tours are held daily.  A balance between patron and staff comfort and artifact preservation was a constant struggle with the old system.  See more about this project here.  Presented by Melinda Head of Energy Smart Alternatives

 Congregation Beth Israel

Congregation Beth-Israel has a contemporary design originally constructed in 1960. The building is primarily concrete with very little insulation. It was originally heated via a fuel oil-fired boiler that supplied hydronic air coils in one 40-ton and two-7.5 ton, single-speed air handler units (AHUs). A large chiller that provided cold water to the AHUs for air conditioning. The building had two heating and cooling zones. The GSHP conversion consisted of thirteen variable-speed GSHPs supplying 16 comfort zones.  See more about this project here. Presented by Larry Lessard of Achieve Renewable Energy

 

 

2021 04 20 - Clean Heating/Cooling/Hot Water - 7 - 8:30 PM, via Zoom – From Rockland Goes Green  - Speaker:  Donovan Gordon, Director of Clean Heating and Cooling for the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA)  Topics:What is clean heating and cooling; Why is this important; What is right for different building types; What is new in terms of concepts and technologies; What about finances?; Are there State programs and/or incentives?  Register here.

 

*2021 04 21- FERC Conference on Electrification - (10:00 AM - 5:00 PM)The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will hold a "Technical Conference to Discuss Electrification and the Grid of the Future" on Thursday, Apr 29, 2021.  Click here for more information. “Technical conference to discuss electrification—the shift from non-electric to electric sources of energy at the point of final consumption (e.g., to fuel vehicles, heat and cool homes and businesses, and provide process heat at industrial facilities).  The purpose of this technical conference is to initiate a dialog between Commissioners and stakeholders on how to prepare for an increasingly electrified future…The conference will be open for the public to attend electronically.  Registration for the conference is not required and there is no fee for attendance.”  Thanks to NY-GEO member Bob Wyman for this tip.

 

2021 04 26 - NYSERDA Heat Pump Marketing Tool 7:00 PM  Since 2018, Faraday has supported over 130 NYSERDA-authorized heat pump installers to target prospective customers who can reduce their energy costs and have a higher propensity to choose heat pumps over traditional HVAC systems. A new targeting tool is available to installers at no cost, courtesy of NYSERDA, through June of this year. Register for this webinar at 7:00 p.m. ET on Monday, April 26 to learn how to access and use the targeting tool while it’s free!  Register here.

 

2021 04 27 Electrify With Heat Pumps Top Job Competition - Noon – The NY-GEO Annual Top Job Competition features finalists from among the most innovative and exemplary recent geothermal installations. Lunch and learn with us as we hear from the top experts in the field. Prepare to be excited!  Prepare to vote for your favorite after April 27thLearn more hereRegister here for any one or all 3 of the webinars devoted to the five 2021 Top Job finalists as part of the NY-GEO 2021 Webinar Series.

 

2021 04 28 - Campaign for Clean Heat - from 7-8pm - Register NowJoin the HeatSmart team to learn about the movement for clean heat at the local level, the state level and the national level. #HeatPumpsNotPipelines.  This presentation is part of a series from Heat Smart Tompkins.

 

*2021 05 04 Climate Solutions with Jamal Lewis – 1:00-2:00 PM Radio BE-Ex (Building Energy Exchange – “Tune in for the latest episode of Radio BE-Ex, where Jamal Lewis (Director of Climate, Energy, and Health at the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative) joins Yetsuh Frank to discuss equitable strategies for achieving decarbonized, efficient, healthy and safe housing.”  Mr. Lewis is also a member of the Energy Efficiency and Housing Advisory Panel to New York’s Climate Action Council.

 

*2021 05 06 - Heat Pump Planner, a NYSERDA Customer Sales Tool – 8:00 AM - The Planner is a tool and a set of PDFs created to help homeowners learn more about heat pump technology, the types available, general installation and operation costs, and questions to ask an installer.  The Planner was developed as a tool for use by installers, heat pump partners, utilities, and others. The tone and content was written to be easily understood by homeowners.  Register here.

 

*2021 05 06 -Decarbonizing Boston’s District Energy Systems – 8:30-10:00 AM - Boston’s large-scale district energy systems provide thermal services to approximately 70 million square feet of floor space in offices, hospitals, laboratories, hotels, and residences (approximately 10 percent of the city’s built environment)…It will be impossible for the City of Boston to achieve its carbon neutrality goal without clear decarbonization pathways for district energy (DE) systems…This GRCx program will explore potential decarbonization pathways for Boston’s district energy systems, lay out the key challenges and opportunities, and examine how the State, City and large customers can be partners in supporting those pathways. The program will finish with system owners and customers sharing their internal strategies and the challenges of achieving system decarbonization.  Register here.

 

2022 03 23 & 24 We’ve re-scheduled !!!Electrify with Heat Pumps NY-GEO 2022Marriott Hotel – Wolf Road Albany – Click for information on the conference agenda.

 


RECORDED WEBINARS OF ONGOING INTEREST:

NY-GEO Board Member Zach Fink on Geothermal, Resiliency and LMI “In the premier episode of Sustainable Westchester's podcast ‘Conversations in Clean Energy,’ host Radina Valova, Regulatory Vice President of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, explores the efficacy of clean heating & cooling technologies in affordable housing and the resulting benefit for the lower-to-moderate income communities in which they can be found.  Listen to this fascinating Sustainable Westchester podcast titled Building Resiliency in LMI Communities Through Clean Heating & Cooling Technologies.  It features NY-GEO board member Zach Fink, Spencer Orkus from L&M Development Partners and Jennifer Leoni, Chief Sustainability Officer with the New York City Department of Housing, Preservation and Development discussing the Beach Green Dunes II project in Queens.

 

Heat Pump Home Tours! - HeatSmart Tompkins presents a new series of Virtual Home Tours with accompanying downloadable fact sheets. Systems covered include both forced air and hydronic ground source heat pump retrofits, ductless mini-splits and a dual fuel forced air system.

  • Contemporary Ithaca home heated and cooled w/Mitsubishi ASHPs
  • Historic downtown Ithaca boarding house heated and cooled w/ Mitsubishi ASHP & HPWH
  • Ranch house heated and cooled w/Bryant dual fuel system 
  • 1800s farmhouse and cottage heated and cooled w/ Fujitsu and LG ASHPs
  • Contemporary farmhouse w/WaterFurnace 7 series forced air GSHP (vertical boreholes)
  • Carpenter Revival house w/2-ton TTherm GSHP (vertical boreholes)
  • Turn of the Century home converted from gas boiler to Mitsubishi ASHPs

These video home tours (each about 4 minutes long) can be found here. PDF case studies are linked to each one.

 

Heat Smart Webinars – Bennett Sandler of Heat Smart Otsego produced this excellent series of webinars focused on case studies of heat pump installations in Otsego County and current heat pump incentives. 

Bennett notes “I am more than happy to answer your questions and discuss your project with you whenever convenient” campaigndirector@occainfo.org.

 

Next Generation Thermal Infrastructure – 2020 08 13 Webinar from New Yorkers for Clean Power – Speakers included representatives from Orca, Bloc Power HEET and National Grid,  Watch the recording of Next Generation Thermal InfrastructureView speaker slides here and answered questions hereYou can also watch a refresher on heat pump technology from our previous teach-in.

 

District Loops, and the Thermal Highway©  - 7 part Webinar from The GreyEdge Group:

 

National Grid’s Take on Beneficial Electrification3:37 minute video laying out National Grid’s position on heat pumps relative to constraints their gas system is facing in Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island.

 

How Can Electrification Enable Decarbonization of Industry?, broadcast on Thursday, July 9, 2020. Beneficial electrification stands out as one of the best low-carbon ways to decarbonize industry. This webinar explored its promising opportunities, existing and emerging technologies, and routes to accelerate adoption. It also discussed the policies and partnerships that are needed to lower hurdles and spur transformative action. 

  • Ed Rightor, Industrial Program Director, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
  • Eric Masanet, Head, Industrial Sustainability Analysis Laboratory and Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Colin McMillan, Senior Analyst, Strategic Energy Analysis Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  • Todd Baldyga, Director, Industrial and Agriculture, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
  • Moderator: Neal Elliott, Senior Director for Research, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

Webinar recordingWebinar slides:   To download the ACEEE report,

 

Awesome EarthKind is an inspiring podcast series produced by NY-GEO member Ron Kamen.Listen to AWESome EarthKind on most podcast platforms (iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcast..) or at www.AWESomeEarthKind.com.

 

How to Protect Buildings from Legionnaires’ Disease—Geothermal Conversion Primer – Jay Egg of Egg Geothermal and Kristy Egg, a registered nurse who has been focusing on public health and epidemiology, give this 45 minute seminar

 

Podcast – New York’s New Climate LeaderFrom the podcast webpageIn this edition of Columbia Energy Exchange, host Jason Bordoff is joined by Ali Zaidi, Chairman of Climate Policy and Finance and Deputy Secretary for Energy and Environment in the Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Ali served as top energy official at the White House Office of Management and Budget during the Obama administration, among other positions. Since leaving the Obama administration, Ali has also worked as a transactional and regulatory attorney, co-founded Lawyers for a Sustainable Economy, and was a Non-Resident Fellow at CGEP.”

 

2nd Climate Action Council Meeting – The Climate Action Council (the body empowered to follow through on New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act – CLCPA) members were treated to a “back casting” model of how the state might achieve the goals laid out in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. The analysis done by E3, which has apparently been ongoing since 2016, still needs to be adjusted to account for the specific methane accounting requirements in the CLCPA and restrictions on the combustion of biofuels in the law.  The draft results identify the need for wholesale electrification of buildings and transportation, big increases in renewables, investments in long-term storage technology for “firm dispatchable” generation when renewables fall short in the winter as people turn on their electric heaters, and other issues….The full slide deck and video of the meeting are posted here(2020 06 25 Politico New York & New Jersey Energy)

 

Green Jobs Video - New Yorkers for Clean Power (NYCP) held an excellent webinar on May 29th with community organizations focused on developing green jobs.  It was titled Making a Difference While Making a Living  Click here for the recorded webinar with Nubian Directions, WE ACT, PUSH Buffalo and Energy Conservation Specialists.  Sponsored by Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Citizens for Local Power & NYCP

 

Recording of Gas Planning Teach-In New Yorkers for Clean Power has posted the recording of their May 18th online teach-in with Renewable Heat Now on NYS's Gas Proceeding!  They’ve also posted the speaker slides here and answered questions from the Q&A here.

 

NYC Peaker Plants – On May 28th, there was an excellent webinar by the New York City Peak Coalition - Replacing New York City’s Dirty Peaker Power Plants with Renewables and Battery Storage.  It was an in-depth look at the impact of peaker plants – electric generating plants that come on line when demand for electricity peaks, usually on the hottest summer days.  These plants are generally more polluting than other generating plants and have an impact on New Yorkers as citizens in environmentally assaulted neighborhoods and as utility ratepayers.  Slides and a recording of this webinar have been posted on the Clean Energy Group websiteThe report featured in the webinar, "Dirty Energy, Big Money," is available on the Peak Coalition website.

 

Event calls on Governor and PSC to reject National Grid’s Plan B  From a press release circulated by the Alliance for a Green Economy – “425 people registered  for an online People’s Hearing to say NO to National Grid’s "Williams Pipeline Plan B" which includes speeding up construction of a heavily protested transmission pipeline through North Brooklyn, expanding their Greenpoint Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility and expanding compressor stations along the “Iroquois” Pipeline.    Community members living near the proposed infrastructure passionately spoke out against adding gas infrastructure and criticized National Grid for ignoring community concerns.  According to an agreement between National Grid and the New York Department of Public Service, New York State must approve an option to meet growing demand for heat, hot water, and cooking in downstate New York in June.”  Watch a video of the event here.

 

JOBS !

NY Renews is looking for a Policy and Storytelling Fellow! Come work with the Policy Committee and the Storytelling Project to amplify the work coalition members are doing throughout the state! Please spread the word widely and encourage folks to apply today.   The Policy and Popular Education Fellow will work to support the campaign for the Climate and Community Investment Act (CCIA) and the implementation of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) through developing case studies and pop-ed materials to uplift coalition member projects across the state as solutions to be scaled for a Just Transition.  The position will be remote…This fellowship pays $20/hr and requires 500 hours of work to be completed between May, 2021 and October, 2021. Fellow will work an average of 20 hours/week, with some critical campaign weeks requiring more work and some slower weeks requiring less. 

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UHAB is Hiring -UHAB (Urban Homesteading Assistance Board ) is hiring a Project Associate focusing on Energy Services, including Co-ops Go Solar, Clean Heat for Co-ops, and other energy efficiency and energy-reducing renewable technology partnerships...  We also have a few other positions posted, for a part-time Affordable Housing Loan Officer, and a full-time Project Associate on the Co-op Improvement Program who’ll provide services to distressed affordable buildings. All of the job postings are viewable on our website here. I appreciate your help to get the word out within your networks!”  From email from Emily Ng.

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ETM Solar Works – Endicott, NY, seeks an office manager, as their current office manager will be going to graduate school.  This very organized, motivated person will:

  • answer the phone,
  • communicate with customers and code officials
  • do solar paperwork (permits, grant applications and utility interconnection forms)
  • and do light marketing.

Experience with navigating paperwork processes is desired. Project management experience or experience dealing with bureaucracies would be very helpful.  Hours: 30 to 40 hours per week.  Wage: starting at $18/hour. Education: HS diploma or GED required. Associates degree or higher preferred.  Benefits: ETM offers health benefits, an employee pension plan, and paid time off .  Travel: This is mainly office work with the occasional visit to a Town permit office.  If you want to help ETM bring Solar Power to the People, please send your resume to info@etmsolar.com

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 RMI Building Electrification Principal - The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is hiring a principal (director-level leader) to help run RMI's building electrification work. This role will include significant leadership responsibility in shaping the transition to carbon-free buildings across the U.S. Please share this job description with anyone in your network who could be a good fit, and direct any questions to Mike Henchen - Principal RMI - Carbon-Free Buildings - mhenchen@rmi.org - 585.519.5450 - 2490 Junction Pl #200, Boulder CO 80301.


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The Building Decarbonization Coalition Seeks a NY Director – Full time position – “In this newly created position, the New York Director supports the Coalition’s vision and serves as one of the organization’s state-based directors. Reporting to the Executive Director and working collaboratively with a small and rapidly growing team, the New York Director plays a critical role in the evolution of the Coalition from its start-up stage to a more mature organization that can deliver powerfully on its long-term vision. Specifically, the New York Director is responsible for creating and implementing local- and state-level strategy, providing research, policy analysis and technical assistance to Coalition members and partners and facilitating market development in alignment with the Coalition’s vision, mission and values.”  More information here.

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Tompkins County Department of Planning and Sustainability Seeks Two (2) Senior Planners - The Department of Planning and Sustainability currently has an opportunity to add two new Senior Planners to our team. While our staff of eight professional planners work collaboratively across disciplines on planning as well as policy and program development and implementation, one of the Senior Planner positions will primarily focus on sustainability, energy and climate change, and the other will focus on affordable housing and community development.  Deadline for applications is Wednesday, March 17, 2021.  Links to recruitment information can be found on our Home Page (http://www.tompkinscountyny.gov/planning), under Department of Planning and Sustainability News, and application information can be directly accessed at (https://www.tompkinscivilservice.org/civilservice/vacancies).

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 CESA Project Manager - The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) seeks a Project Manager to work primarily on two projects—the 100% Clean Energy Collaborative and the Scaling Up Solar for Under-Resourced Communities project. The 100% Clean Energy Collaborative assists states with 100% clean energy goals by providing knowledge-sharing activities and analysis that addresses program challenges and opportunities. The Scaling Up Solar project seeks to accelerate the development of solar projects that benefit low-and-moderate-income (LMI) households and communities.

 CESA is a national, nonprofit coalition of public agencies and organizations working together to advance clean energy. CESA members—mostly state agencies—include many of the most innovative, successful, and influential public funders of clean energy initiatives in the country. CESA is managed and staffed by Clean Energy Group (CEG). For more information, see www.cesa.org.


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Aztech Geothermal is Hiring- Seeking an Experienced Heat Pump Technician in NY's Capital District  -  Aztech Geothermal is looking for an Experienced Residential HVAC Technician in the Capital Region to join our growing installation and service business based in Ballston Spa.  This position involves installing, commissioning, maintaining, troubleshooting, & repairing heat pumps plus some conventional HVAC systems, in both residential and small commercial environments.  Much of our work consists of residential geothermal heat pump installations which are divided in two approximately equal categories; existing homes and new construction.  Aztech installs both central and mini-split air source heat pumps systems where appropriate.  You may also be involved in service and maintenance work on our customers systems.  Geothermal heat pump experience a plus. but not required; we are willing to train the right individual. Our company is based in Ballston Spa and principally serves the Capital District, Hudson Valley and Western Massachusetts.  Continue

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Dandelion Energy is growing its Drilling Department and we are looking for Senior/Master Drillers to operate our new rigs and lead our on-site drilling efforts for residential geothermal projects. In this role, you will make a significant impact in redefining how residential ground heat exchangers are installed which will lay the groundwork for Dandelion’s future growth and success. The Senior Driller will be directly responsible for the production rate of geothermal boreholes, the operation, and maintenance of equipment, the safety of on-site workers, and delivering feedback to both the Operations and Engineering team on how to optimize the overall process.

Dandelion’s mission is to enable the widespread adoption of geothermal. We offer homeowners affordable geothermal heating & cooling systems as an alternative to gas, oil, propane or electric heating. Dandelion began at Google parent company Alphabet’s X lab before launching as an independent company in New York in May 2017. The company has raised $23MM from leading investors including GV (formerly Google Ventures), and Comcast Ventures, with participation from Lennar Corporation (NYSE: LEN and LENB), as well as prior investors NEA, Collaborative Fund, and Ground Up.  For more information about the Senior Driller opening please apply here: https://boards.greenhouse.io/dandelionenergy/jobs/4879245002
Not a Senior Driller? check out our other exciting opportunities on our career site: https://dandelionenergy.com/jobs

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OngoingNYSERDA is hiring! The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has ongoing recruitment opportunities. Join our email list or check this page periodically to learn about new career opportunities. All qualified individuals will be evaluated for each relevant position for which they apply.  Opportunities include:

NYSERDA Career Opportunities

NY Green Bank Career Opportunities

Paid Fellowship Opportunities

Paid Internship Opportunities

To learn more about NYSERDA, please visit our social media channels.

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