NY-GEO 2018 Speakers

Jerry Acton
Tony Amis
Alicia Barton
Jim Bolger
Ryan Carda
John Ciovacco
Sam Custodio
Andre Davis
Mike DeAngelo
Jack DiEnna
Ryan Dougherty
Jay Egg

Courtney Eichhorst
Zach Fink
John Franceschina
Robert Garvey
Donovan Gordon
Helle Grønli
Greg Hale
Kevin Hale
Joseph Hally
Jen Harvey
Göran Hellström
Steve Kavanaugh

Will Lange
John Lin
Wendy MacPherson
John Manning
Stan Marco
Samantha Meserve
Matt Miller
Kevin Moravec
Kyle Murray
Bill Nowak
Doug Page
Joe Parsons

Frank Piccininni
Jens Ponikau
Chris Raup
John B. Rhodes
Cary Smith
Hal Smith
Scott Smith
Steve Smith
Jonathan Tham
John Thomas
Michael Voltz
Tim Weber
Bob Wyman



Jerry Acton

Jerry Acton

Jerry Acton is a retired Systems Engineer / Systems Architect. He is developing a comprehensive, state-wide energy transformation plan for NY that concurrently addresses the New York State Energy Plan goals for emission reduction, renewable energy transition, and efficiency.

Prior to his current work, he conducted a comprehensive analysis of natural gas well production in northern Pennsylvania that provided unarguable evidence that natural gas drilling in New York would not be economical.

Jerry worked for IBM and Lockheed Martin for 31 years where he was responsible for the system architecture, design and system performance on a wide variety of large complex military, government and commercial systems.

He received his BS in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and MS from North Carolina State University in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.


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Events:

-Geothermal's Role in Beneficial Electrification

Tony Amis

Tony Amis

Tony Amis, as Senior Vice President of GI Energy US, leads the sales team in GI Energy North America.

GI Energy combines geothermal solutions, solar PV, energy storage, combined heat & power (CHP) and thermal storage to provide a one-stop shop of multi-renewable solutions. To date GI Energy and Tony have installed dozens of geothermal loops into energy piles and is currently installing one of the largest such projects in the world in California.

Tony, author or coauthor of over 15 industry publications related to energy foundation solutions, is also chairman of the DFI’s Energy Foundation Committee.

He holds an HND in Civil Engineering and an MSc in Construction Project Management.


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Events:

-International & Interstate Perspectives Panel

Alicia Barton

Alicia Barton

Alicia Barton has been President & CEO of NYSERDA since June, 2017. She is a Cleantech industry veteran (and enthusiast) with over a decade of experience in private and public sector leadership roles.

Before her appointment to NYSERDA, she worked at the law firm of Foley Hoag LLP in Boston as co-chair of its Energy & Cleantech practice. Alicia previously served as CEO of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, Deputy Director of Policy and Planning at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and at the Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) as Director of Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act Office (MEPA) and prior to that as Deputy Counsel General.

She earned a BS in Natural Resources from Ohio State University and a Doctor of Law from Boston College Law School.

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Events:

-Wednesday Kenote

Jim Bolger

Jim Bolger

Jim Bolger is the owner and President of Waterloo Energy Products, a turnkey Mechanical System Design/ Build Installation Contractor in Residential, Commercial, and Industrial HVAC and Renewable Energy Sector in Canada.

Jim is the current President of the Ontario Geothermal Association, representing the geothermal industry in advocacy, education and technology awareness.

As a past Municipal Government Councillor of the City of Waterloo, Ontario, he also understands advocacy and public relations, community engagement, relationship development and growth through collaboration and financial, strategic business and contract negotiations.

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-International & Interstate Perspectives Panel

Ryan Carda

Ryan Carda, P.E.

Ryan Carda, P.E., is Principal Engineer for Dandelion Energy, Inc. He is primarily responsible for design and engineering standardization, with a focus on optimizing performance and lowering the cost of geothermal systems.

Ryan was a co-founder and President of Geo-Connections, which was recently acquired by Dandelion due to their uniquely aligned purpose. Geo-Connections focuses on geothermal heating and cooling systems with a specific expertise in ground heat exchanger (GHEX) design to create industry-leading software and educational resources.

He graduated with a MS in Engineering from South Dakota State University in 2006.

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Events:

-Standardization Panel

John Ciovacco

John Ciovacco

John Ciovacco is President of Aztech Geothermal, a design-build contractor of innovative building energy systems based in Ballston Spa, NY. He is a resource to building owners, construction companies, engineers, architects and investors regarding the latest renewable and energy efficiency technologies, government incentives and financing options.

John is an IGSHPA Accredited Geothermal Installer, a Building Performance Institute (BPI) Certified Contractor, American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education Presenter, and a Certified Green Professional with the NAHB. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Union College.

John is a founding member and Interim Board Member of NY-GEO.

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Events:

-Welcome & Housekeeping
-Moderator: Financing Panel

Sam Custodio

Sam Custodio

Sam Custodio is house wordsmith and lead strategist for Thinkhouse, a Long Island marketing and design agency for custom-tailored print and web marketing solutions. Sam Custodio offers 30-plus years of experience developing advertising, marketing and branding programs for a wide variety of products, markets and industries — including the alternative energy and sustainability sector.

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Events:

-Running a Better Business

Andre Davis

Andre Davis

Andre Davis is a Senior Project Manager at NYSERDA.

His prior experience was with a large ESCO and a cogeneration developer and manufacturer.

He has a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University), a Juris Doctor from NYU School of Law, a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Events:

-NYSERDA Clean H&C Programs

Michael J. DeAngelo

Michael J. DeAngelo

Mike DeAngelo is the Program Manager of Non-Wires Alternatives for Avangrid.

In this role Mike oversees the Non-Wires Alternative programs for New York State Electric and Gas and Rochester Gas and Electric as well as the Non-Transmission Alternatives program for Central Maine Power. Mike also manages the companies' first Non-Pipes Alternative RFP. Mike has been with Avangrid for 5+ years in which he first started with the company as a buyer in the Electric Supply group.

Prior to joining Avangrid, Mike worked in power generation for 5 years.

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Events:

-Plenary Panel: Utility Perspectives on Greater Utilization of Heat Pumps -Non-Pipeline Alternatives: Utilities Looking for Industry Participation

Jack DiEnna

Jack DiEnna

John (Jack) P. DiEnna Jr, the Executive Director and Founder of the Geothermal National & International Initiative (GEO-NII), is a business development and marketing professional with over forty years' combined experience in the electric utility and the renewable energy industries.

He is a nationally recognized authority on all aspects of renewable technology and specifically on GHPs. This proficiency includes marketing, creative financing and the resulting positive economic and environmental impact that can be derived from the use of GHP systems and other renewable technologies. His expertise is internationally acknowledged as a valued resource by not only the renewable and GHP industry but also by both national and international government officials, trade allies and all major market segment associations promoting GHP technology.

Jack is on the Board of Directors of IGSHPA and has been awarded the title of Ambassador for the Association. He was the driving force in the creation and development of the Certified GeoExchange Designer (CGD) certification, a training program for design professionals in GHP technology, which has become the gold standard both nationally and internationally.

He is a member of the American/Canadian Bi National GHP Standards Committee and a founding member of the NY-GEO.

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Events:

-A National Perspective
-Moderator: International & Interstate Perspectives Panel

Ryan Dougherty

Ryan Dougherty

Ryan Dougherty has served as the Geothermal Exchange Organization’s (GEO) COO since July 2014. GEO is the national trade association for the geothermal heat pump industry and is engaged in advocacy and public policy work at the federal and state level.

Ryan has extensive experience in public policy and governance and most recently served as Deputy Director of the Illinois Healthcare and Human Services Framework, a multi-agency state technology initiative. Prior to that, Ryan served as Senior Policy Advisor at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. He has held other positions, including budget analyst in the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget and legislative liaison to the Governor of Illinois.

Ryan holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Illinois.

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Events:

-A National Perspective

Jay Egg

Jay Egg

Jay Egg formed EggGeothermal in 1990 to provide geothermal HVAC systems and consultation services for a variety of public and private clients. EggGeothermal is also a training and curriculum facilitator for the "Geothermal Workshop Series" serving the GeoExchange Organization/American Ground Water Trust, and National Ground Water Association, where Jay provides AIA continuing education credit and up-to the-minute information for industry professionals.

Jay is also an industry spokesman, renewable energy expert and author of Geothermal HVAC, Green Heating and Cooling and Modern Geothermal HVAC Engineering and Control Applications. He writes for numerous trade magazines including National Geographic Energy, Commercial Building Products Magazine, Plumbing Engineer, Plumbing and Heating Contractor News, Green Builder, Mechanical Hub, U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration and National Driller.

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Events:
-Geothermal 101
-Large Scale Geothermal Systems

Courtney Eichhorst

Courtney Eichhorst

Courtney Eichhorst is a Lead Analyst in National Grid's Regulatory Strategy group, focused on developing and delivering strategies for the 'utility of the future.'

Courtney leads the development and implementation of new performance incentives in the company's upstate New York business called earnings adjustment mechanisms (EAMs), including a novel Beneficial Electrification metric which creates incentives for National Grid to stimulate electric vehicle and heat pump adoption. She has also worked on benefit-cost analyses for geothermal and worked on developing a heat electrification strategy for National Grid's US service territories.

Courtney earned her MBA from Boston University, with a focus in Energy and Environmental Sustainability, and BS in Economics from Purdue University.

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Events:

-Plenary Panel: Utility Perspectives on Greater Utilization of Heat Pumps

Zach Fink

Zach Fink

Zach Fink is the lead Geothermal Designer for ZBF Geothermal, LLC. At ZBF Geothermal, Zach specializes on high performance geothermal heating and cooling systems. He consults on/ designs and installs projects ranging for 1,500 square foot residential homes to 15 story rental building in New York City.

Over the past six years, Zach has installed or designed more than 250 geothermal heating and cooling systems.

He is an ISGHPA Accredited Installer and a founding member and Interim Board Member of NY-GEO.

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Events:

-Standardization Panel
-Moderator: Running a Better Business Panel

Robert Fischman

Robert Fischman

Robert Fischman is the Director of the Energize NY PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) Finance program, leading outreach and support for commercial and not-for-profit building owners.

Robert brings three decades of professional experience in the building industry, having directed more than $500 million in capital construction programs, and has been a longtime advocate for sustainable and energy efficient building practices.

He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Union College and a MS in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.

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Events:

-Financing Panel

John Franceschina, P.E.

John Franceschina, P.E.

John Franceschina, P.E., formerly the Director of Commercial Energy Efficiency Programs at the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), is now Senior Manager for Lockheed Martin’s Energy Efficiency and Demand Response program for PSEG Long Island. It provides rebates and incentives for the 1.1M residential and commercial customers in the PSEG-LI territory which includes virtually all homes and businesses in Nassau and Suffolk counties and the Rockaways.

As Senior Manager, John leads, manages and oversees all aspects of PSEG's residential energy efficiency programs encompassing both the new construction and existing building market sectors.

John is a founding member and Interim President of NY-GEO.

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Events:

-Opening Remarks

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Robert Garvey

Robert Garvey has been the US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Area Director in Albany, NY Area Office since 2015.

He has spent his career in OSHA in various positions of increasing responsibility, serving many years as an industrial hygienist in Enforcement Programs, as the State Programs Manager, and as the Chief Programs Evaluator/Audit Manager.

Specifically, in 2001 and 2002 Robert was personally involved in the OSHA WTC response, serving as OSHA's Risk Assessment/Monitoring Coordinator. Also, since 2003, he continues to be an active team member of OSHA's Chemical Specialized Response Team.

He earned an undergraduate degree in Zoology from Rutgers College and has also earned an MBA in Management from Farleigh Dickinson University.

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Events:

-Running a Better Business Panel

Donovan Gordon

Donovan Gordon

Donovan Gordon is Director of the Clean Heating & Cooling Division of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). He leads New York State’s efforts to develop markets that support clean, high-efficiency, renewable thermal systems, including solar cooling, heating and hot water; air and ground source heat pumps, and biomass heating systems. He is charged with conceptualizing, driving and implementing a portfolio of products to encourage and enable customers and partners to invest in low-carbon/renewable cooling and heating systems and also with advancing New York's progress toward self-sustained markets.

Donovan is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited Green Associate, and an International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) accredited Geothermal Installer. He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from St. Francis College and a Master in Business Administration from NYU, Stern School of Business.

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Events:

-Opening Remarks Day 2
-Equipment Manufacturers Panel

Helle Grønli

Helle Grønli

Helle Grønli is an Associate Research Scientist at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Director of the Renewable Thermal Alliance (RTA).

The RTA, spearheaded by Yale University, is a public-private partnership initiated by NYSERDA, CT Green Bank, and Yale University to coordinate efforts among 200 individual stakeholders throughout the US.

Helle has been working in the energy business since 1995. At Yale, she is leading a project studying the potential for increased use of renewable thermal technologies and energy efficiency in the state of Connecticut.

Prior to joining Yale University in 2015, Helle was responsible for developing programs supporting energy efficiency and renewable energy—ranging from heat pumps in buildings to establishing district energy systems—in Norway.

She received her MSc in Business, Strategy, Corporate Finance from the Norwegian School of Economics.

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Events:

-International & Interstate Perspectives Panel

Greg Hale

Greg Hale

Greg Hale joined NYSERDA in 2018 as Senior Advisor for Energy Efficiency Markets and Finance, Office of the President and CEO of New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

He is a member of the Executive Committee, helping to create a policy roadmap to achieve zero net energy buildings throughout the state. He provides strategic leadership for RetrofitNY, an initiative for delivering deep energy retrofit solutions to New York’s affordable housing stock and leveraging RetrofitNY's market-enabling approach for other building sectors and Clean Energy Fund initiatives. He also continues as a strategic advisor to NY Green Bank.

Prior NYSERDA, Greg served in the administration of Governor Cuomo as Senior Advisor to the Chairman of Energy & Finance, where he focused on the development and execution Reforming the Energy Vision (REV). Before this, Greg was the Director of Efficiency Finance at NRDC's Center for Market Innovation. He began his career in the real estate industry.

He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and The University of Michigan Law School.

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Events:

-RetrofitNY

Kevin Hale

Kevin Hale

Kevin Hale currently serves as the Director of Utility Affairs and Strategic Partnerships at NYSERDAm where he leads the Authority’s utility engagement strategy and oversees a portfolio of partnerships with the Long Island Power Authority, National Grid, and Con Edison.

Kevin has more than 20 years of experience in the energy field with accomplishments in project finance, energy efficiency, renewable energy, emissions markets, and corporate strategy. Prior to NYSERDA, Kevin held senior business development positions with Enron Energy Services and then Johnson Controls working with public sector, industrial, and commercial customers to develop energy supply and performance contracting solutions.

Kevin holds a MBA from the State University of New York at Albany and a BS in Business Management from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

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Events:

-Moderator: Plenary Panel: Utility Perspectives on Greater Utilization of Heat Pumps

Joseph Hally

Joseph Hally

Joseph Hally is the Manager of Energy Transformation & Solutions at Central Hudson Gas & Electric.

Joe is responsible for executing many of Central Hudson's REV-related initiatives, including new demonstration projects such as CenHub an online customer engagement platform, Non-wires alternatives, and oversight of Central Hudson's Energy Efficiency programs.

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Events:

-Plenary Panel: Utility Perspectives on Greater Utilization of Heat Pumps

Jen Harvey

Jen Harvey

Jen Kavney Harvey is a Partner at Couch White LLP.

She is a construction lawyer advising clients in all aspects of construction-focused contract development, negotiation and administration. Jen has represented construction clients in litigation and administrative proceedings relating to prevailing wage and procurement matters, including bid protests, vendor responsibility issues, suspension/debarment proceedings, and DMWBE issues.

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Events:

-Running a Better Business Panel

Göran Hellström

Göran Hellström

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-International & Interstate Perspectives Panel

Steve Kavanaugh

Steve Kavanaugh

Steve Kavanaugh is the owner of Energy Information Services and a Professor Emeritus of the University of Alabama.

He is the author of HVAC Simplified (ASHRAE, 2006) and the primary author of Geothermal Heat Pumps (ASHRAE, 2014). He has also presented over 150 GSHP and HVAC seminars to over 4700 attendees.

Steve earned a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Lamar University and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University.

He is a Fellow of ASHRAE and ASME and has been a GSHP homeowner for 35 years.

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Events:

-Design of Affordable & Efficient Commercial GSHP Systems Part 1
-Design of Affordable & Efficient Commercial GSHP Systems Part 2
-Design of Affordable & Efficient Commercial GSHP Systems Part 3

Will Lange

Will Lange

Will Lange is Director of Distributor Sales & Utility Development at WaterFurnace International.

He comes to the geothermal industry from a diverse background in the HVAC business including manufacturing, engineering, marketing, and sales. With a fierce desire to leave the world a better place, Will is devoted to two areas of his life where he can make the greatest impact; his family and energy efficiency. With WaterFurnace International Will serves as a sales director and works with the electrical utility industry to advance GHP technology.

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-Moderator: Standardization Panel

John Lin

John Lin

John Lin is a Program Manager with National Grid in the New Energy Solutions division. In this role, he manages two innovative projects supporting New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative: a micro-combined heat and power (mCHP) project and a geothermal project.

Drawing on several years' experience in energy efficiency, community outreach, and energy consulting, John is mainly focused on renewable heating and cooling technologies and distributed energy resources.

Before rejoining National Grid this year, John worked for three years for a diverse range of organizations, including ICF International where he worked as an account manager helping buildings in New York City to develop strategic roadmaps to increase energy efficiency and resiliency. John started his professional career with National Grid working on the smart grid project in Worcester, Massachusetts.

John holds a MSc in Environmental Science and Policy from Clark University.

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Events:

-Standardization Panel

Wendy MacPherson

Wendy MacPherson

Wendy MacPherson is a Senior Project Manager at NYSERDA in the Process, Power and FlexTech group.

She is based out of Albany and her focus is on the Industrial and Process Efficiency Program, which helps fund efficiency and productivity improvements for manufacturing and data centers.

Prior to joining NYSERDA in 2009, Wendy worked at Saint-Gobain for 23 years, in the High Performance Materials businesses. She has a breadth of experience in manufacturing, including project and product management of large industrial product lines.

Wendy has a Master’s in Business Administration from Union College and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Events:

-NYSERDA Clean H&C Programs
-Financing Panel

John Manning, P.E.

John Manning, P.E.

John Manning, P.E., supports hundreds of geothermal contractors through Phoenix Energy Supply and Earth Sensitive Solutions. Since obtaining a Research Grant from the National Science Foundation in 1975 John has engaged in every aspect of heat pump design, marketing, application and system design.

As founder of Earth Sensitive Solutions, LLC he has contributed to the successful application of geothermal heat pump technology from Port Augusta, Australia to Auburn, NY. Mr. Manning is also a trained presenter and supporter of The Climate Project.

John is a founding member and Interim Treasurer of NY-GEO.

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Events:

-IGSHPA Installer Review
-Moderator: Top Job Presentations
-MC: Top Job Awards Ceremony

Stan Marco

Stan Marco

Stan Marco is CEO at GeoSmart Energy Inc. As one of its co-founders, he is among the geothermal industry's most well-respected and highly sought-after knowledge experts and educators.

Over the past twenty-eight years, he has held senior leadership positions in several leading geothermal companies including NextEnergy, Canadian GeoSolar, Inc. and WaterFurnace Inc. During that time he developed expertise in all aspects of the industry including installation, distribution, manufacturing and training. His best practice approach has influenced hundreds of thousands of geothermal heat pump installations across Canada and the U.S.

In 2008, he was awarded The Canadian GeoExchange Coalition's prestigious Prize for National Leadership.

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Events:

-Equipment Manufacturers Panel

Samantha Meserve

Samantha Meserve

Samantha Meserve Samantha Meserve, E.I.T., is a Renewable Thermal Program Coordinator for the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources.

She first began her career at the Department administering the Solar Carve-Out II portion of the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard before transitioning to working on the regulatory proceeding and implementation of including renewable thermal technologies in the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard.

She was hired at the Department after graduating with her Bachelors of Science in Environmental Resources Engineering from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry and is currently in school to receive her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Boston.

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-International & Interstate Perspectives Panel

Matt Miller

Matt Miller

Matt Miller supports Market Development at NYSERDA and is launching a new strategy, Information Products & Brokering.

In this role, Matt is drawing on his engineering, business-to-business sales and industrial internet experience to leverage NYSERDA's program data and diverse market data to support supplier sales efforts and better inform end-users in the adoption of clean energy products.

Matt holds a BS and an MS in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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-NYSERDA Clean H&C Programs

Kevin Moravec

Kevin Moravec

Kevin Moravec is a Partner with Barney Moravec Inc. (BMI), a fourth-generation drilling company founding in 1934, focused on providing drilling solutions in the water well, geothermal and pump system fields.

BMI entered the geothermal drilling field in 2004. Since then, Kevin has become the owner of VanHee Mechanical, which provides the indoor HVAC portion of the geothermal system. Since focusing on geothermal in 2011, BMI has completed over 200 closed loop projects ranging from single home families to 250,000 SF facilities. His Hunt Country Winery project won Top Job at the inaugural NY-GEO Conference in 2015.

BMI is IGSHPA and CVCLD accredited.

Kevin earned a BS in Business Marketing/Management from St. John Fisher College in Rochester.

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Events:

-Standardization Panel

Kyle Murray

Kyle Murray

R. Kyle Murray is Business Development Manager at Bosch Thermotechnology in Massachusetts.

Starting his career in renewables and high efficiency HVAC equipment in 1981, Kyle has spent the last three decades marketing, promoting, and selling tankless water heaters, solar thermal and passive solar systems, high efficiency and condensing boilers, air source and water source heat pumps, and residential and commercial geothermal heat pumps. He works with and for innovative and sustainable companies helping to promote high efficiency products through dealer, distributors, utilities, builders, and developers.

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Events:

-Equipment Manufacturers Panel

Bill Nowak

Bill Nowak

Bill Nowak is a founding member and currently Executive Director of NY-GEO. He is both an environmental advocate and renewable energy promoter. His effectiveness as Director of Policy Research on the NY State Senate Environmental Conservation Committee while working for Senator Antoine M. Thompson contributed to the Senator being named 2010 Legislator of the Year by Environmental Advocates of NY and 2010 Solar Legislative Champion by the NY Solar Energy Industries Association.

In 2011 Bill obtained his IGSHPA Accredited Installer Certification. This added to the many other certifications and education credentials Bill has obtained since obtaining his BA degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He has written articles on renewable energy and geothermal heat pump technology for various publications.

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Events:

-Opening Remarks Day 1
-Dinner MC: NY-GEO Year in Review

Doug Page

Doug Page. P.E.

Doug Page, P.E., is a Senior Associate with the EME Group and is currently supporting the mission of the Standards and Quality Assurance Department at NYSERDA. Here he uses his technical and project management skills as well as his knowledge of engineering and construction standards from over 34 years in the design and construction industries.

He is a NYS Code Enforcement Official and holds several industry certifications including Certified Geothermal Inspector, Certified Energy Manager, and LEED Accredited Professional BD+C. Doug is past president of the Capital Region New York ASPE chapter.

Doug received his BS from Clarkson University and has a MPA from University at Albany/Rockefeller College.

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Events:

-NYSERDA Clean H&C Programs

Joe Parsons

Joe Parsons

Joe L. Parsons Jr. has been COO of EarthLinked Technologies, Inc. since 1996, and is responsible for product development, training programs, standards compliance and authorized dealer relationships. His specialty is in direct exchange geothermal systems and he is active in promoting all things geothermal.

Joe is an active member of IGSHPA and the Canadian Standards Association. He was elected to the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) Board of Directors in 2014 and has served as Board Chairman since April 2016. He is also a Board Member and currently serves as Secretary of California GEO.

With four decades in the HVAC industry, he has been a long time member of AHRI and ASHRAE, serving in a variety of capacities.

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Events:

-Equipment Manufacturers Panel

Frank Piccininni

Frank Piccininni

Frank Piccininni is Senior Attorney and Account Executive of Sterling Environmental and Professional Services.

Frank has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on environmental law, environmental science, and risk management, has served as an expert witness for environmental claims. He is on the executive committee of the New York State Bar Association Environmental & Energy Section, serves as a director for numerous non-profit organizations and is a co-chair of the Queens Chamber of Commerce Energy and Environmental Committee.

Frank holds both a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and a Juris Doctor, specializing in environmental law.

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-Running a Better Business

Jens Ponikau

Jens Ponikau

Jens Ponikau is the co-owner of Buffalo Geothermal Heating, a geothermal design and installation firm that installs between 90-100 systems per year in Western NY. He is an International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) accredited geothermal installer and geoexchange designer.

He has a doctoral degree from the University of Hamburg, Germany. Before moving to Western NY and helping to found Buffalo Geothermal in 2008, he had installed 120 geosystems in Germany - his native land. Jens regularly gives seminars and public presentations on geothermal technology and has made public appearances on the radio, in schools, and at home shows to share his knowledge on geothermal heat pimp technology.

Jens is a founding member and Interim Vice President of NY-GEO.

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Events:

-Residential Design Optimization

Chris Raup

Chris Raup

Chris Raup is the Director, Customer Energy Solutions in the Utility of the Future group at Consolidated Edison.

He leads the company’s efforts to develop clean thermal technologies and non-traditional forms of natural gas supply to meet growing customer needs. His past work has included developing the Company’s shared solar program for low-income customers.

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Events:

-Plenary Panel: Utility Perspectives on Greater Utilization of Heat Pumps
-Non-Pipeline Alternatives: Utilities Looking for Industry Participation

John B. Rhodes

John B. Rhodes

John B. Rhodes was appointed to the Chair of NYS Public Service Commission and CEO of the NYS Department of Public Service in 2017. Prior to that he was the president and CEO of NYSERDA from 2013-2017. NYSERDA is a public benefit corporation that advances innovative energy solutions to improve New York State’s economy and environment.

He has also served as the director for the Center for Market Innovation at the NRDC, an international environmental advocacy organization. He spent three years as acting chief operating officer at Good Energies, a leading investment firm focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency.

He is on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Alliance to Save Energy, Urban Green Council, New York Institute for Special Education, American Federation for Aging Research and Cornerstone Literacy.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton University and a Master’s degree in management from the Yale School of Management.

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-Wednesday Dinner Keynote

Cary Smith

Cary Smith

Cary Smith is President/CEO of Sound Geothermal Corporation, a design/solutions firm with projects in 31 states and an IGSHPA Director. Cary is a pioneer in development of hybrid GeoExchange systems and community hybrid systems. He has designed over 20 district and multi-building GX systems.

He is a member of the IGSHPA BOD, Past-Chair ASHRAE TC 6.8 "Geothermal Utilization/Applied Heat Recovery", Chair ASHRAE MTG “Avoided Source Energy Consumption”, Chair NGWA Government Affairs Energy/GSHP sub-committee, founding member of Utah AEE, member of the CGD Certification Board, Board representative to the IGSHPA Standards Committee, and Member of IAPMO USEHC Code Technical Committee.

Cary is an IGSHPA Certified Trainer and co-authored the IGSHPA Certified Geothermal Installer course.

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Events:

-Design Principles and Construction Features of "District" Geothermal Heat Exchanger (GHEX) Systems
-A National Perspective

Hal Smith

Hal Smith

Hal Smith is the co-owner with his wife Tammy Smith of Halco. Started in 1984 as a plumbing and heating installation and service business, Halco has evolved into a business providing full energy solutions for residential and commercial clients with an emphasis on quality, service, and sustainability.

In the over the 32 years that Halco has existed, Hal has proven to be an innovator and visionary. He has been a constant and primary force in Halco's development into a leading company that offers high-efficiency heating and cooling systems; home energy audits; and envelope improvements including insulation, air-sealing, and clean renewable energy systems.

His licenses, certifications and affiliations include NATE (North American Technician Excellence, Inc.), ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America), BPI (Building Performance Institute), Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® and DBIA (Design Build Institute of America).

He is also a Certified Instructor for the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) in core curriculum, plumbing, HVAC, electrical.

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-Financing Panel

Scott Smith

Scott Smith

Scott Smith is a Program Manager on NYSERDA's Clean Heating and Cooling team, which develops and executes strategies to scale the renewable heating and cooling market in New York State including: ground source and air source heat pumps, solar thermal and biomass.

Prior to joining NYSERDA, Scott worked as an environmental consultant for Dames & Moore on the clean-up of PCBs at the former General Electric Company transformer manufacturing facility in Hudson Falls.

He has a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.

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-NYSERDA Clean H&C Programs

Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Steve Smith is the President and CEO of Enertech Global, LLC, manufacturer of GeoComfort, Hydron Module, and TETCO branded geothermal heat pumps.

Smith is an advocate for the geothermal heating and cooling industry, serving as a member of the Geothermal Exchange Organization, actively participating in speaking engagements, and sharing his expertise in articles.

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-Equipment Manufacturers Panel

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Jonathan Tham

Jonathan Tham is the Cool Homes Program Program Administrator at PSEG Long Island. The Cool Homes Program manages the geothermal rebates for the Long Island service area.

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-NYSERDA Clean H&C Programs

John Thomas

John Thomas

John C. Thomas is President and CEO WaterFurnace International.

Prior to this he was a Vice President at Regal Beloit, an important supplier to WaterFurnace. His experience spans several decades, with a succession of progressively more responsible roles and several corporate structures at Regal Beloit and GE Power Systems and Industrial Systems.

He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio State University.

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-Equipment Manufacturers Panel

Michael Voltz

Michael Voltz, P.E.

Michael Voltz, P.E., is the Director of Energy Efficiency and Renewables for PSEG Long Island.

He is responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating energy efficiency and renewable programs, and the preparation of a Utility 2.0 filing including efficiency, advanced meters, battery storage, Combined Heat & Power and renewable solutions.

Prior to this, Michael was a director at LIPA and at Central Hudson Gas & Electric where he had worked for 30 years in power generation, customer services, energy efficiency and regulatory affairs. In his current role, Michael is also an active participant in the Reforming Energy Vision proceeding, and is currently serving on the Clean Energy Advisory Committee.

Michael holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master’s in Business from Union College.


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-Plenary Panel: Utility Perspectives on Greater Utilization of Heat Pumps

Tim Weber

Tim Weber is a partner and co-founder of Diverso Energy. He works closely with developers of multi-family and commercial office buildings, bringing an opportunity to achieve sustainability and energy reduction targets without the capital cost.

Established in 2015, Diverso Energy offers a unique geothermal financial model for developers of commercial buildings to convert upfront costs into long term operational costs. This allows their clients to leverage the benefits of geothermal without the financial or operating risks associated with the technology.

Tim has been in the geothermal industry since 2004. During this time he has been engaged in technical and business development roles to help grow the residential and commercial geothermal market in Canada and the US. He is always looking for unique financial opportunities remove barriers and allow market penetration.

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-Financing Panel

Bob Wyman

Bob Wyman

Bob Wyman is an Independent Energy Consultant. As a result of his GHP and renewable energy advocacy, Dandelion Energy (Home Geothermal) was formed. He is currently focused on dramatically increasing the adoption of GHP and other forms of Beneficial Electrification in the US and elsewhere. He also advocates for clean energy solutions in New York City such the elimination of No 6 and No 4 heating oil and the recently passed requirement that GHPs be considered for all new and retrofitted municipal buildings.

Prior to engaging full time with the GHP industry, Bob spent 40+ years in the software industry making significant contributions in the areas of electronic mail, office automation, hypertext, digital rights management, multimedia publishing, and both retrospective and prospective search technologies.

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-Geothermal's Role in Beneficial Electrification



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