zzzzzPlease contact the Governor TODAY

Dear NY-GEO members and friends,

TODAY is the day to start pressing Governor Cuomo to include the 25% state tax credit for residential GHP installations in his executive budget.   The Governor vetoed the tax credit bill Thanksgiving weekend, saying it belongs in the budget process because it impacts state revenues.  Please call the Governor today and urge him to do just that !

Geothermal heat pumps are key to reaching New York's climate goal of a 40% cut in greenhouse gases.  Far more of NY's greenhouse gases come from heating buildings than from generating electricity.  Conservation, coupled with replacing fossil fuels for heating, is crucial to avoid the most catastrophic impacts of climate change.

Unfortunately, geothermal installations in New York are starting to dry up with inaction on the NYS tax credit and the 12/31 end of the federal credit.  

It's easy - just take a minute TODAY-RIGHT NOW to call Governor Cuomo's input line at (518) 474-1041 or email the Governor by clicking here 

Your message can be as simple as "Please include the geothermal tax credit in your executive budget".

As always, a heartfelt mailed letter would have the most impact. Please call or email today, and then, if you have some time, also send a letter to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of New York State Capitol Building, Albany, NY 12224.

If you have questions or suggestions, please send them to nygeoinfo@gmail.com or call 518-3136-GEO and leave a message and we'll get back to you quickly.

For some background - We held a press conference last month to urge the Governor to sign the tax credit bill.

Renee Vogelsang of New Yorkers for Clean Power (NYfCP) at the November letter delivery, flanked by Assembly Member Pete Lopez, Sierra Club National President Aaron Mair, Betta Broad from NYfCP and NY-GEO board member John Ciovacco of Aztech Geothermal

see the video here:  Geothermal advocates at the Governor's office

The Albany Times Union also ran this op ed in November

Clean Energy Jobs at Risk in New York

Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York has ramped up its role as a trend setter in the transition to clean energy and as a leading light in the fight against climate change. 

At the same time, the Governor’s signature is missing from a key piece of legislation (A9925) that overwhelmingly passed the State Legislature this past June.  A9925 provides a tax credit for geothermal heat pump (GHP) installations – a practical, renewable way to heat and cool buildings. 

The Governor needs to sign this bill to prevent significant damage to the geothermal industry in New York when a federal tax credit expires at the end of this year.  By signing this bill, the Governor has a chance to support more than 1,000 living-wage New York jobs in the geothermal field.  The skills embedded in these jobs are crucial to New York’s ability to meet its energy and climate goals.  Lack of timely support for this efficient technology will result in a scattering of talent, capacity and experience that will be difficult to reassemble.

The geothermal tax credit bill mirrors New York’s solar energy policy, providing a credit of 25% of residential project costs up to $5,000.  The solar credit has helped successfully ignite a New York solar industry which provides well paid jobs, fresh economic activity and tax revenue, all while saving consumers money on their monthly utility bills.

This bill isn’t just about supporting the geothermal industry.  Most importantly It is a critical part of New York’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gases. The 2015 New York State Energy Plan attributes on-site combustion – primarily heating homes and buildings - with 35% of New York’s GHG emissions.  This sector contributes significantly more emissions than even in-state electricity generation, which accounts for 18% of emissions.   

Geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) cleanly and efficiently heat and cool our homes and businesses without fossil fuels, using the constant temperature underground as a renewable heat source in winter and a renewable cooling source in summer.  In the winter, heat is drawn into the house through a fluid circulating in underground pipes and then concentrated by the pressure of a heat pump and distributed throughout the building.  On hot summer days the process is reversed to provide cooling. 

Geothermal heating and cooling, coupled with conservation, is New York’s most complete solution for reducing GHG emissions from heating buildings.  It has been a growing industry in our state and we need it to ramp up significantly if New York is going to meet its goal of reducing GHG emission by 40% by 2030. 

Governor Cuomo has taken significant steps to create and protect energy jobs in New York.  The recently adopted nuclear plant bailout, which has sparked controversy, protects a reported 2,350 jobs at a projected cost of $7.6 billion over 12 years. 

NY-GEO estimates the A9925 tax credit for GHPs will protect 1,000 current jobs held by New Yorkers at a yearly cost of $3 million.  That cost will be offset by payroll taxes and spinoff taxes generated by GHP installations, as design and engineering firms are hired, contractors, drillers and excavators are engaged, components are bought and projects are completed. 

In recent years, forward looking Republican Governors in Iowa and South Carolina have signed legislation similar to New York’s A9925 geothermal tax credit.  Let’s not let New York fall behind!  NY-GEO urges all who care about jobs, our economy, and the climate to contact Governor Cuomo at (518) 474-1041 or via email at https://www.governor.ny.gov/content/governor-contact-form and ask him to sign the bill. 

Bill Nowak

Executive Director

New York Geothermal Energy Organization (NY-GEO)