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1. NYS: $454 Million for Heat Pumps
2. Climate Action Council Picks Announced
3. Con Edison Solicits More Geo
4. Career Corner

1. NYS Allocates $454 Million for Heat Pumps

On Thursday, January 16th, the NY Public Service Commission (PSC) voted to order New York's utilities to meet increased energy efficiency targets of 3% reductions on electricity sales and 1.3% on gas sales.

As part of the order—for the first time—the energy savings resulting from customers who switch from fossil fuel heating to heat pumps will be included toward New York's energy efficiency goals. It also includes $454 million for heat pumps, and utilities will need to file implementation plans within 60 days.

See press releases from Governor Cuomo, NY-GEO, and Renewable Heat Now (written by Andra Leimanis).

Read the Albany Times-Union story on the order.

Thanks to Jonathan Tham for alerting us to this news item.

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2. Climate Action Council Picks Announced

The 22-member Climate Action Council (CAC) is tasked with coming up with a scoping plan to get the state to net-zero emissions in three decades, as outlined in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), signed last July.

Twelve of the CAC members are the commissioners of Transportation, Health, Economic Development, Agriculture and Markets, Housing and Community Renewal, Environmental Conservation, and Labor; the chairperson of the Public Service Commission; the presidents of NYSERDA, NYPA, LIPA and the Secretary of State.

The other 10 are nominated by the Assembly, the Senate and the governor.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie chose Bob Howarth, Peter Iwanowicz and Paul Shepson.

Bob Howarth is a professor of Ecology and Environmental Biology at Cornell and a well-known academic who regularly weighs in on natural gas infrastructure issues and fought fracking in New York. Peter Iwanowicz is a former commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation and current head of Environmental Advocates of New York, a prominent and influential group in Albany. Paul Shepson is the dean of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University.

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb has named Donna DeCarolis, an executive with National Fuel Gas.

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins has appointed Anne Reynolds, a representative of renewable energy developers, Raya Salter an attorney with an environmental justice coalition and Dennis Elsenbeck, a Buffalo-based energy consultant and former utility executive.

Senate Minority Leader John J. Flanagan has nominated Gavin Donohue, head of the Independent Power Producers of New York representing existing generators including fossil fuel plants.

So far, all the nominations to the CAC have been made except those by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Once his appointments are announced the CAC can begin its work.

Thanks to Marie J. French, of Politico New York Energy (2020 01 14, 2020 01 10), for providing much of this information.

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3. Con Edison
Solicits More Geo

Con Edison is planning to issue another solicitation for "smart solutions" to the natural gas crunch in Westchester County. According to the statement on their website:

Our Smart Solutions program, providing customers with incentives for energy efficiency and cleaner alternatives to natural gas, already has led about 30 Westchester County customers to choose geothermal heat pump technology for heating their homes. Our heat pump offerings to customers are likely to grow significantly in 2020, through additional incentive funding we have requested from our state regulators.
Here is a Con Ed video of a Westchester resident who installed a geothermal system in his home.

And here is another article in the Patch Ossining-Croton-on-Hudson website on Con Ed's embrace of geothermal in Westchester in the face of the gas constraints there.

Thanks to NY-GEO member Jens Ponikau for this tip.

ON A RELATED NOTE, the Public Service Commission on Thursday, January 16th adopted the joint proposal negotiated in Con Ed's rate hike proceeding. Here is the PSC's press release on the adoption.

Also, here is the NY-GEO support letter on the settlement and, in contrast, the Alliance for a Green Economy's (AGREE) letter in opposition.

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4. Career Corner

NOTE: AI Certification is necessary for companies wishing to participate in the NYSERDA geothermal rebate program.

In Person IGSHPA AI Training

IGSHPA Trainer Peter Tavino will be teaching the 3-day IGSHPA Accredited Installer geothermal course in West Nyack January 21st to 23rd. NYSERDA funding will allow New York workers to attend this course for half price.

Click here for information about the training. To register, or seek more information, contact Peter Tavino at Pete@LitchfieldGeothermal.com or text him at 860-459-8279.



Online IGSHPA AI Training

IGSHPA Trainer John Manning will be teaching the IGSHPA Accredited Installer course through a series of weekly Monday evening webinars from February 10th through March 16th. Early bird special registration ends January 17th.

NYSERDA funding will allow New York workers to attend this course at a reduced price and a further early bird discount is available for registration before January 17th. A NATE-proctored exam and fusion training will be available at NY-GEO 2020.

Go here for more information and to register and here for the webinar schedule.



Online Certified Geothermal Designer Course

Are you looking to become a geothermal design professional through IGSHPA's Certified Geothermal Design (CGD) Course? Ed Lohrenz, B.E.S., CGD is conducting this course online Monday evenings from February 10th through April 13th.

NOTE: For participants who will be attending the NY-GEO Conference in Albany, NY March 25-26, 2020, the last three sessions will be presented at the conference. Please see the NY-GEO Conference schedule for further details.

If you're not attending the conference, the final three sessions will continue online ending April 13, 2020.

Registration is now open and 20 PDH credits are offered for engineers.



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