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Comments: Governor's  Incentive  Program

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Governor Cuomo’s action puts New York squarely at the forefront of state action on renewable heating and cooling.  Maryland, Iowa, South Carolina, and New Hampshire have all embraced initiatives, but none are as robust as New York’s.  In addition, the Governor’s Policy Framework lays out an exciting path forward for New York’s home and building owners to break free from the volatile costs of fossil fuels. 

NY-GEO President John Franceschina noted “California is usually credited as the leader in renewable energy, but that state has yet to effectively address the heating sector.  New York is now charging ahead with a more complete program that addresses heating, cooling, power generation and electric vehicles.”

"Renewable heating & cooling technologies like geothermal are critical to reaching New York's 40% greenhouse gas reduction goal by 2030,” said, Renee Vogelsang, Campaign Coordinator with New Yorkers for Clean Power. “We applaud Governor Cuomo’s bold and precisely targeted program, through which New York will continue to lead the way in fighting climate change while supporting our rapidly growing clean energy jobs sector.”

Todd Schmigel of Buffalo Geothermal noted that “the Governor’s action will be especially effective because it can eliminate fossil fuel heating bills for the many rural and small town New Yorkers who rely on expensive and volatile propane and heating oil to heat their homes and businesses.”

"On behalf of Elected Officials to Protect New York, we applaud Governor Cuomo's leadership and support for the transition to clean energy.  Geothermal energy is an important component of this transition.  It puts money towards good-paying jobs that cannot be outsourced, instead of out-of-state fossil fuels,” said, Greg Young with Elected Officials to Protect New York.

“The Sierra Club applauds Governor Cuomo’s leadership in filling the void left by the expiration of the federal geothermal tax credit”, said Roger Downs, Conservation Director, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter.  “Geothermal heating and cooling represents one of New York's best and most cost-effective strategies to achieving our net zero energy goals and deserves the same financial encouragement as other desirable energy sources like wind and solar.”


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Who We Are

NY-GEO is a nonprofit trade association dedicated to geothermal heating and cooling. Our members include geo designers, installers, manufacturers, drillers consultants and distributors, interested in promoting the use of ground-source heat pumps to heat and cool buildings in New York State.

Why Geothermal?

Geothermal heat pumps (GHPs)* represent a heating and cooling technology that is essential for us to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. The following benefits clearly make the initial capital costs an investment in the future of our local and global communities:

  • The earth itself is our solar collector
  • The earth itself is our energy storage system
  • They harvest renewable energy 24/7 with no need for a backup system
  • They work to improve utility load factors while reducing peak demand
  • They utilize local labor to strengthen the local economy
  • They reduce our dependence on fossil fuels reducing our carbon footprint
  • They reduce the home energy budget
  • They are extremely scalable, from low income housing to community loops serving multiple buildings on college campuses (such as the Skidmore Energy Node Project)
  • They channel natural gas away from home heating towards solving other challenging energy markets, such as industrial needs

NY-GEO has created a state-wide organization focused on raising the visibility and understanding of the geothermal heat pump technology. As stakeholders, we know that understanding the features & benefits associated with GHP results in a genuine excitement about the technology.

We appreciate your support and encourage you to return often to our web site as we will be going through many changes as the organization gains momentum in the marketplace. Please feel free to contact us for any reason regarding geothermal heat pumps.

* Also known as "ground source heat pumps", "geo-exchange systems" or "low temperature geothermal."



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