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PRE-CONFERENCE EXHIBITOR SET-UP

TUESDAY, APRIL 17

Tuesday 4:00-10:00 PM
Courtyard & Patio (1st Floor)
Exhibitor Setup


DAY 1

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18

Wednesday 8:00-9:00 AM
Courtyard & Patio (1st Floor)
Registration, Continental Breakfast & Mingling with Exhibitors

Wednesday 9:00-10:00 AM
Stonehenge B & C
Welcome & Housekeeping
John Ciovacco, President, Aztech Geothermal, Board Member, NY-GEO
Bill Nowak, Executive Director, 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
Alicia Barton, NYSERDA, President & CEO

Wednesday 10:00-11:00 AM
Stonehenge B
Best Practices Track
NYSERDA Clean Heating & Cooling Rebate Programs Update
Scott Smith, NYSERDA, Wendy MacPherson, NYSERDA Andre Davis, NYSERDA, Matt Miller, NYSERDA, Doug Page, P.E., EME Group, Jonathan Tham, PSEGLI

Over the past two years, NYSERDA has implemented new rebate programs for renewable heating and cooling systems. Hear from the team at NYSERDA that is designed, developed, and are implementing the rebate programs. Residential rebates for geothermal systems are $1,500/ton up to $15,000, and $1,250/ton up to $500,000 for commercial systems. In addition to providing a rebate for geothermal systems, NYSERDA is supporting the renewable heating and cooling industry through a variety of programs. Come learn about marketing campaigns that you can receive CO-OP funding for, incentives for municipal and commercial projects, and incentives for R&D projects.

Wednesday 10:00-11:00 AM
Stonehenge C
Sustainability Track
Design of Affordable & Efficient Commercial GSHP Systems Part 1
Steve Kavanaugh, Energy Information Services

Steve Kavanaugh will string together three seminars. To get CEU credits you need to attend all three in succession but feel free to join in to individual sessions if you are not seeking CEUs. The three seminars are designed to acquaint HVAC engineers, geo-scientists, contractors, and building owners with cost effective ground source heat pump (GSHP) design for commercial/institutional buildings. The design methods integrate concepts familiar to most HVAC engineers (building heat loss/gain, zoning, ventilation air, etc.). Attendees are made aware of the characteristics of quality GSHP design and simple field measured indicators of successful operation. This includes some information of energy consumption results and EPA Commercial Building Energy Star ratings.

Participants are provided handouts and are encouraged to "learn by doing" in the session. The handouts are based on the ASHRAE publication, Geothermal Heating and Cooling, Design of Ground Source Heat Pump Systems (Kavanaugh and Rafferty, 2014). The training approach is to link the presentations with accurate and easy-to-use design tools which reduce the amount of time required to become proficient. Design tools are available at no cost.

Part 1: Introduction to GSHP Design Basics
This first session will describe the basics of GSHP system types and establish the key nomenclature used in the industry. Based on your site evaluation you can consider the advantages and disadvantages of different system options. Equipment selections and performance trade-offs will be discussed. Incorporation of ventilation air will also be discussed. 3 PDH and/or AIA credits for all three sessions.1 BPI and/or LEED credit for this session.

Wednesday 10:00-11:00 AM
Capital Room
Geothermal 101: Ground Source Heat Pumps for Beginners
Jay Egg, 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. This has the same content as the Thursday Geothermal 101.

Thursday 11:00-11:30 AM
Courtyard & Patio (1st Floor)
Coffee Break & Mingling with Exhibitors

Wednesday 11:30-12:30 PM
Stonehenge B
Best Practices Track
GeoStar 2018 Top Job Presentations
Moderator John Manning, P.E., Earth Sensitive Solutions, Treasurer, NY-GEO
Judges:
TBA

The objective of the GeoStar Top Job Competition is to highlight and recognize the incredible talent, creativity and imagination that exists in geothermal system designers and installers. An additional aim is to communicate to those outside the industry the variety of ways that geothermal heat pump technology can be applied. See pages 14-15 in the Conference Booklet to learn more about the projects.

The winning entry of the 2018 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, Buffalo GeoThermal Heating, for the conversion of Lockport Housing Authority's Autumn Garden. The project switched 72 low-income apartments in Western New York from electric baseboard heating to 100% geothermal heating, cooling and domestic hot water using shared closed loop fields.

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

Wednesday 11:30-12:30 PM
Stonehenge C
Sustainability Track
Design of Affordable & Efficient Commercial GSHP Systems Part 2
Steve Kavanaugh, Energy Information Services

Steve Kavanaugh will string together three seminars. To get CEU credits you need to attend all three in succession but feel free to join in to individual sessions if you are not seeking CEUs.

Part 2: Fundamentals of Commercial Ground Heat Exchanger Design
This second session will detail a twelve-step system ground heat exchanger design procedure. The focus of the session will be on closed vertical ground loop installations in commercial buildings. An example of actual ground heat exchanger design for an office building will be reviewed. The basics of closed-loop ground heat exchanger piping design will be introduced to minimize complexity and long term maintenance and reduce pumping energy. Applied internal piping will also be presented. 3 PDH and/or AIA credits for all three sessions.1 BPI and/or LEED credit for this session.

Wednesday 12:30-1:30 PM
Courtyard & Patio (1st Floor)
Lunch & Mingling with Exhibitors, Lunch sponsored by Plimpton & Hills

Wednesday 1:30-2:30 AM
Stonehenge B
Best Practices Track
Financing Panel: A Key to GHP Affordability
Moderator: John Ciovacco, President, Aztech Geothermal, Board Member, NY-GEO
Panel:
Tim Weber, Diverso Energy
Robert Fischman, Energize NY PACE Finance Program
Hal Smith, Halco Energy
Wendy MacPherson, NYSERDA

GHP systems are a great investment, a permanent improvement to a building's energy system. Unfortunately most people make decisions based on cash flow, not investment. Honestly, it does not matter how good an investment something is if people can't afford it. Relative to other heating and cooling options, GHP often has a higher first/installation cost, which is arguably the largest barrier to broader adoption. This panel will discuss available financing resources for commercial and residential projects to make a great investment, also affordable. Panelist represent both residential and commercial options.

Wednesday 1:30-2:30 PM
Stonehenge C
Sustainability Track
Design of Affordable & Efficient Commercial GSHP Systems Part 3
Steve Kavanaugh, Energy Information Services

Steve Kavanaugh will string together the first three seminars. To get CEU credits you need to attend all three in succession but feel free to join in to individual sessions if you are not seeking CEUs.

Part 3: Performance and Case Studies of Commercial GSHP Systems
Based on energy calculations you are able to make performance predictions of for various design GSHP options. Monitored case studies provide verification of using the tools Good and Bad - Field measured performance results Cost studies – 1995, 2002, and 2012. 3 PDH and/or AIA credits for all three sessions.1 BPI and/or LEED credit for this session.

Wednesday 2:30-3:30 PM
Stonehenge B
Best Practices Track
Standardization Panel: A Necessary Step for Achieving Scale
Moderator: Will Lange, WaterFurnace International
Panel:
GroundUP Initiative - Kevin Moravec, Moravec Geothermal
Dandelion Initiative - Ryan Carda, P.E., Dandelion Energy
Long Island Initiative - Zachary Fink, ZBF Geothermal
Utility Perspective - John Lin, National Grid

What will it take for geothermal heat pumps to become a legitimate mass market solution for heating and cooling our buildings? How do we bring down first costs, while actually increasing quality? This workshop will highlight some of the initiatives going on in this region which encourage standardized approaches to marketing, sales, design, equipment selection and installation procedures. You'll find we are off to a strong start!

Wednesday 2:30-3:30 PM
Stonehenge C
Sustainability Track
Large Scale Geothermal Systems
Jay Egg, Founder, EggGeothermal

This course will provide an understanding of the benefits provided by ground source heat pumps and chiller systems for large scale projects. Special considerations for various larger systems may include electric utility participation, solar/geothermal exchange implementation, surface water or aquifer related environmental issues, and variances or special permitting. Case studies for large scale geothermal systems will include an airport, hospital and examples of district "utility" models. 1 PDH, AIA, BPI and/or LEED credit.

Wednesday 2:30-3:30 PM
Capital Room
IGSHPA Accredited Installer Course Review (Sign up Required in Advance)
Reviewer John Manning, P.E., Earth Sensitive Solutions, Treasurer, NY-GEO

This 1-hour refresher course is open only to those who began by participating in the 8 pre-conference live webinars starting March 19th. It is followed by the 2-hour test from 4-6 PM.

Wednesday 3:30-4:00 PM
Courtyard & Patio (1st Floor)
Afternoon Snack & Mingling with Exhibitors

Wednesday 4:00-5:00 PM
Stonehenge B
Best Practices Track
Running a Better Business Panel
Moderator Zachary Fink, ZBF Geothermal
Panel:
Safety - Robert Garvey, US Department of Labor, OSHA
Marketing/Branding - Sam Custodio, ThinkHouse
Insurance - Frank Piccininni, Sterling Risk
Contract Law - Jen Harvey, Couch White, LLP

Want to take your business to the next level but get bogged down by the details? Hear from experts in their fields, ranging from insurance to marketing to contract law, on how to improve your business. Learn how to grow your business while ensuring a safe environment for your clients and employees.

Wednesday 4:00-5:00 PM
Stonehenge C
Sustainability Track
Design Principles and Construction Features of "District" Geothermal Heat Exchanger (GHEX) Systems
Cary Smith, Sound Geothermal Corporation and Board Member, IGSHPA

The system concept is to provide a hybrid, ground coupled heat pump (GLHP) system for the full Adams Crossing project. The central feature will be a series of connected loops, similar to a domestic water distribution system, which will connect to all buildings on the project. These loops will be designed to be added in phases as the project moves towards completion. The sizing will be flexible and designed to enable changes to the development plan. We will call this the Central Loop (CL) or, yielding to conventional system nomenclature, the condenser loop. All buildings on the system, for the most part, will heat and cool using extended range ground source heat pumps (GSHP). The Central Loop is the "Energy Highway." 1 PDH, AIA, BPI and/or LEED credit.

Wednesday 4:00-6:00 PM
Capital Room
IGSHPA Accredited Installer Test (Sign up Required in Advance)

This examination is open only to those who have been participating in the 8 pre-conference live webinars that began March 19th. You may join the cocktail hour when you are done.

Wednesday 5:00-7:00 PM
Courtyard & Patio (1st Floor)
Cash Bar & Mingling with Exhibitors

Wednesday 7:00-9:00 PM
Stonehenge Ballroom (ABCD)
NY-GEO 2018 Annual Dinner

A National Perspective
Ryan Dougherty, COO, GEO Exchange Organization (GEO)
Jack DiEnna, Board Member, International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA)
Cary Smith, Board Member, International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA)

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

Dinner Keynote
Topic TBA
John B. Rhodes, Chair, NYS Public Service Commission & CEO of the NYS Dept. of Public Service

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

DAY 2


THURSDAY, APRIL 19

Thursday 7:30-8:30 AM
Courtyard & Patio (1st Floor)
Registration, Continental Breakfast & Mingling with Exhibitors

Thursday 8:30-9:00 AM
Stonehenge B & C
Welcome & Housekeeping
John Ciovacco, President, Aztech Geothermal, Board Member, NY-GEO

Thursday 9:00-10:00 AM
Stonehenge B & C
PLENARY PANEL DISCUSSION
Utility Perspectives on Greater Utilization of Heat Pumps

Introduction: Donovan Gordon, Director of Clean Heating & Cooling, NYSERDA
Moderator: Kevin Hale, Director of Utility Affairs & Strategic Partnerships, NYSERDA
Panel:
Courtney Eichhorst, National Grid
Chris Raup, ConEd
Joseph Hally, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp.
Mike DeAngelo, New York State Electric & Gas and Rochester Gas & Electric
Michael Voltz, P.E., PSEG-LI, Director

As utilities begin to reinvent themselves as "energy" suppliers in a more general sense, this panel will explore how they are thinking beyond the silos of delivering natural gas and electricity to a future dominated by renewable energy.

Thursday 10:00-11:00 AM
Stonehenge B
Best Practices Track
Equipment Manufacturers Panel: Challenges, Opportunities and What's Next?'
Moderator: Donovan Gordon, Director of Clean Heating & Cooling, NYSERDA
Panel:
Stan Marco, GeoSmart Energy
Kyle Murray, Bosch Thermotechnology
Joe Parsons, EarthLinked Technologies, Inc.
Steve Smith, Enertech Global, LLC
John Thomas, WaterFurnace International
others TBA

Hear from the CEOs of five of the major geothermal manufacturers in the geothermal industry. Let them share where they think the geothermal industry is going in the future, new products being developed, and exciting developments.

Thursday 10:00-11:00 AM
Stonehenge C
Sustainability Track
Geothermal's Role in Beneficial Electrification
Bob Wyman, Independent Energy Consultant and Jerry Acton, Systems Engineer / Systems Architect and Physicians, Scientists & Engineers for Healthy Energy

Geothermal energy is a major untapped natural resource to enable reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and building energy consumption, two of the three primary New York State Energy Plan goals for the 2030 and 2050 timeframes. The market opportunity for Ground Source Heat Pumps is enormous.

Thursday 10:00-11:00 AM
Capital Room
Geothermal 101: Ground Source Heat Pumps for Beginners
Jay Egg, 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. This has the same content as the Wednesday Geothermal 101.

Thursday 11:00-11:30 AM
Courtyard & Patio (1st Floor)
Coffee Break & Mingling with Exhibitors

Thursday 11:30-12:30 PM
Stonehenge B
Best Practices Track
International & Interstate Perspectives Panel
Moderator Jack DiEnna, Board Member, IGSHPA
Panel:
Canada - Jim Bolger, Ontario Genothermal Association
Sweden - Göran Hellström, Neo Energy Sweden AB
Norway - Helle Grønli, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the Renewable Thermal Alliance
United Kingdom - Tony Amis, GI Energy
Massachusetts - Samantha Meserve, Massachusetts Dept. of Energy Resources

What can New York can learn from the policies and programs for renewable heating and cooling from other states and around the world? In this panel presentation the speakers will talk about their experiences and observations on the development of renewable heating and cooling technologies. While New York is seen as an emerging leader in geothermal heat pumps, we stand on the shoulders of some interesting global initiatives.

Thursday 11:30-12:30 PM
Stonehenge C
Sustainability Track
Non-Pipeline Alternatives: Utilities Looking for Industry Participation
Chris Raup, ConEd and Mike DeAngelo, New York State Electric & Gas and Rochester Gas & Electric

Natural gas pipeline expansions are being evaluated carefully and alternatives are being explored. Natural gas supplies are also constrained in some existing service areas, and again utilities are looking for non-pipeline alternatives. In this session we will hear from two investor-owned utilities about their particular circumstances and desire to engage GSHP industry in the search for sustainable solutions.

Thursday 12:30-1:30 PM
Courtyard & Patio (1st Floor)
Lunch & Mingling with Exhibitors, Lunch sponsored by National Grid

Thursday 1:30-2:30 PM
Stonehenge B
Best Practices Track
Residential System Optimization
Jens Ponikau, Buffalo GeoThermal Heating, Board Member, NY-GEO

Using some very simple principals, geothermal heat pump systems can be designed to run at optimum efficiency in both new and existing buildings. This workshop will touch on some of the key design parameters that need to be kept in balance to consistently achieve high-performance, reliable geothermal installations. Results from system monitoring will be shared to verify the design assumptions suggested. Topics discussed will be ground loop type, pipe size and pump selection, ductwork design or modification and others.

Thursday 1:30-2:30 PM
Stonehenge C
Sustainability Track
Heat Pump's Role in the RetrofitNY Program
Greg Hale, Senior Advisor for Energy Efficiency Markets and Finance, NYSERDA

NYSERDA's new RetrofitNY initiative aims to stimulate a large-scale net zero energy retrofit industry, starting with affordable housing. RetrofitNY solutions will preclude the use of fossil fuel heating and cooling, and so are a natural fit for heat pumps. This session will describe how RetrofitNY fits into New York's ever-evolving clean energy strategy, and then delve into the initiative's Dutch-based model of developing a product/component-based approach to high performance retrofit and new construction projects.

Thursday 2:30-3:00 PM
Stonehenge B & C

The GeoStar 2018 Top Job Awards Ceremony
Moderator John Manning, P.E., Earth Sensitive Solutions, Treasurer, NY-GEO
Judges: TBA

Everyone will gather together to learn who is the 2018 GeoStar Top Job Winner, sponsored by GeoStar ("Affordable, Renewable, Clean").

The winning entry of the 2018 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, Buffalo GeoThermal Heating, for the conversion of Lockport Housing Authority's Autumn Garden. The project switched 72 low-income apartments in Western New York from electric baseboard heating to 100% geothermal heating, cooling and domestic hot water using shared closed loop fields.

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

 



NY-GEO 2018 Organizational Sponsors

American Ground Water Trust


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NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation


Farmingdale State College
Renewable Energy & Sustainablity Center

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FSC RESC logo
 

Geothermal Exchange Organization


GEO logo

Green Energy Times


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International Ground Source
Heat Pump Association

IGSHPA logo
 

New York Solar Energy Society


NYSES logo

NYS Mothers Out Front


MOF logo

Renewable Heat NOW!


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Renewable Thermal Alliance


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