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NY-GEO 2019 Conference Schedule

Day 1 • Wednesday • April 10, 2019

Day 1 • Plenary Session

Location: Main Hall

 Wednesday, April 10 • 9:00–10:00 AM • Main Hall


  • John Ciovacco, Board Member / NY-GEO (Aztech Geothermal)
  • Bill Nowak, Executive Director / NY-GEO

Opening Remarks:

  • John Franceschina, President / NY-GEO

Day 1 Keynote:

  • Timothy P. Cawley, President / Con Edison


    Location: Main Hall

    Contractor Incentives to Build Your Heat Pump Business: Rebates, Marketing Support & Workforce Development Opportunities

    Wednesday, April 10 • 10:00–11:00 AM • Main Hall

    Hear from the team at NYSERDA that designed, developed, and are implementing the heat pump rebate programs. Residential rebates for geothermal systems are $1,500/ton up to $15,000, and $1,200/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 enable you to receive CO-OP funding for, incentives for municipal and commercial projects, and incentives for R&D projects.


        • Wendy MacPherson / NYSERDA


        • Liz Markham / NYSERDA / Ground Source Heat Pumps
        • Kerry Hogan / NYSERDA / Air Source Heat Pumps
        • Scott Smith / NYSERDA / Co-Op Marketing
        • Robbie Adler / Faraday / Customer Targeting Tool
        • Adele Ferranti / NYSERDA / Workforce Development
        • Jonathan Tham / PSEG Long Island


    Clean Heating & Cooling Community Campaigns: Partnering with Local Contractors

    Wednesday, April 10 • 11:30–12:30 AM • Main Hall

    NYSERDA is currently funding Clean Heating and Cooling (CH&C) Community campaigns for 15 communities across New York State. In those communities, community-based organizations are performing local outreach to increase consumer education and awareness of CH&C technologies, reduce costs associated with purchase and installation of CH&C projects, and increase local adoption of CH&C technologies. The CH&C Community campaigns program also provides funding to grow the CH&C workforce and increase participation of low- to moderate-income (LMI) households. This session will give an overview of the CH&C community (or HeatSmart) campaigns in New York State, funded by NYSERDA, and the HeatSmart Mass campaigns, funded by the MassCEC. 


        • Sue Dougherty / NYSERDA


        • Sam Wright / HeatSmart Ulster-Sullivan
        • Jonathan Comstock / HeatSmart Tompkins
        • Lauren Brois / HeatSmart Westchester
        • Todd Fabozzi / HeatSmart Capital District
        • Jeremy Koo / HeatSmart Mass


    Selecting the Right Distribution System for Heat Pump Customers

    Wednesday, April 10 • 1:30–2:30 PM • Main Hall

    While heat pumps are the go-to option to replace combustion heating systems – they are not boilers or furnaces. Heat pumps can produce plenty of heat – but at a lower temperature than their combustion counterparts, requiring larger surface areas and/or different flow rates and run times. Should it be central ductwork with forced air or radiant floor heating? Ductless systems or high efficiency baseboard water?  This session will showcase four experienced contractors sharing their experience with selecting the right distribution system for different heat pump systems with tips/pointers on how to ensure your system provides the maximum comfort and efficiency.


        • Joe Parsons / ClimateMaster


        • John Abularrage / Advanced Radiant Design
        • Hal Smith / Halco Energy
        • AJ Heiligman / ACES Energy
        • Sam Qualagari / Perfection Contracting


    Starting Up a Heat Pump is More Than Flipping the Circuit Breaker

    Wednesday, April 10 • 2:30 – 3:30 PM • Main Hall

    The success of starting up a heat pump is determined by the preparation prior to flipping the circuit breaker.  From flushing and purging, to correctly wiring all the power and controls the “surprises” that may occur after flipping on the circuit breaker can be avoided. The preparation begins with performing all the appropriate design calculations, as well as simple QC checks to verify key aspects before turning on the power.  After turning on the power, there are many parameters that need to be checked before you can sign off and “turn the keys” over to the homeowner.  Understanding and interpreting the various measurements are key to avoiding the costly “callback”.  Mr. Manning will draw on his own “scar tissue” as well as from the hundreds of contractors he has worked with since becoming an incurable geojunky in 1982.

     Presenter:  John Manning / Phoenix Energy Supply


    The Connected Heat Pump: A New Cornerstone of Your Business

    Wednesday, April 10 • 4:00–5:00 PM  • Main Hall

    Every year more heat pumps are being sold or outfitted with remote monitoring and control capabilities.  Customers are beginning to expect the convenience of making temperature adjustments from their mobile devices – even when they are home!  When combined with datalogging, designers and installers have a powerful marketing tool for showing real system performance.  But perhaps the strongest reason to install connected heat pump systems is how it changes the relationship with your customers, after the sale.  What if over 50% of service calls requiring you to mobilize a technician could now be solved remotely? How would that change your business? This session will highlight examples of connected heat pump equipment and encourage a dialog about how to embrace this important technology shift.  


        • Zach Fink / ZBF Geothermal


        • Amanda Schneck / WaterFurnace / Symphony Insight
        • Geoff Hoffer / Aztech Geothermal
        • Rob Sullivan / Ground Energy Support
        • Brian Zimmerly / Dandelion Energy


    Day 1 • Design Track

    Location: Session Room 2

    The Old, the New & Everything In-between: 

    Wednesday, April 10 • PT1: 10:00–11:00 AM, PT2: 11:30–12:30 PM, PT3: 1:30–2:30 PM • Session Room 2

     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-scientist, 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.


    Part 1 Designing Heat Pumps into New Buildings

    Wednesday, April 10 • 10:00–11:00 AM • Session Room 2

    Building owners often ask architects / engineers about the feasibility of installing a geo system in their new building project. Often the response goes something like: "Well your building is about 80,000 square feet...you'll need about a ton of capacity per 400 square feet...so about 100 tons of equipment. And for the ground loop you'll need about 150'-160' of borehole per ton...so about 15-16,000' of drilling should be about right. Drilling is pretty expensive...probably about $20 / foot, so the ground loop will cost about $300-320,000. That's pretty expensive and gas is pretty cheap these days...you might want to consider a gas boiler." The question is: How can you get reasonably accurate numbers?

     Presenter: Ed Lohrenz / GEOptimize Inc.


    Part 2 Approach to Geothermal Conversion of Existing Buildings

    Wednesday, April 10 • 11:30–12:00 AM • Session Room 2

    Existing buildings are more challenging to convert to geo than designing a system for a new building, but combining an energy audit with detailed hourly energy modeling can result in a geo system that can be installed with a good return on your investment. This presentation focuses on how this approach was implemented in three buildings in the City of Toronto ranging in size from 75,000-175,000 square feet that resulted in simple paybacks ranging from 3-8 years, reduced carbon emissions by 75-80%, and reduced energy consumption by 40-55%.

     Presenter: Ed Lohrenz / GEOptimize Inc.


    Part 3 Putting It All Together

    Wednesday, April 10 • 1:30–2:30 PM • Session Room 2

    Existing college and university campuses present challenges for geothermal system designers with old existing and new buildings, the full gamut of mechanical systems and in some cases, existing district heating systems. Making it more difficult is the challenge of finding the space for needed to install the ground heat exchangers to make it all work. On top of the technical challenges, somehow the numbers have to work. What's the return on investment?

     Presenter: Ed Lohrenz / GEOptimize Inc.


    Evolution of Geothermal Through Campus Conversions

    Wednesday, April 10 • 2:30–3:30 PM • Session Room 2

    Geothermal systems can help campuses reduce energy costs and become more environmentally friendly, but the infrastructure and process can be intimidating if the owner does not have experience implementing the technology. To understand the process, we will look at case studies to understand how to conduct a geothermal feasibility study, how installation is planned, and how to measure the return on investment/performance results.

     Presenter: Brian Urlaub / MEP Associates


    How to Convert a Skyscraper to Geothermal

    Wednesday, April 10 • 4:00–5:00 PM • Session Room 2

    This presentation will focus on overcoming some of the hurdles involved in electrification of skyscrapers and other large buildings in dense environments.   Because most cooling towers, chillers, and boilers are located near the top floor of building, part of electrification requires that hydronic piping be run to the street level to utilize existing infrastructure as a heat sink and a heat source. There is a growing need for dewatering infrastructure such as below grade floors, parking garages, subway tunnels. These are operations that may be dual sourced for geothermal exchange.  The session will cover some of these heat exchange strategies and opportunities such as waste water thermal energy recovery, and the thermal capacity of water mains, etc.

     Presenter: Jay Egg / Egg Geothermal


    Day 1 • Focus Track

    Location: Session Room 1

     Geothermal 101: Ground Source Heat Pumps for Beginners

    Wednesday, April 10 • 10:00–11:00 AM • Session Room 1

    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.

     Presenter: Jay Egg / Egg Geothermal


    GeoStar Top Job Presentations

    Wednesday, April 10 • 11:30–12:30 AM • Session Room 1

    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. Additionally, to communicate to those outside the industry the variety of ways that geothermal heat pump technology can be applied. See pages 14-15 to learn more about the projects.

     Master of Ceremonies:

        • John Manning / Phoenix Energy Supply

    Top Job Finalists:

        • Larry Lessard / Achieve Renewable Energy
        • Hal Smith / Halco Energy
        • Dan Silvestri / D. Silvestri Sons, Inc.
        • Geoff Hoffer / Aztech Geothermal
        • Jens Ponikau / GroundUp


    NYSERDA Next Generation HVAC Program Highlights

    Wednesday, April 10 • 1:30–2:30 PM • Session Room 1

    Through a series of innovation challenges NYSERDA has identified technology gaps and market needs for the next generation of heating and cooling products in order to tackle greenhouse gas emissions from New York’s building stock. An overview will be provided on NYSERDA’s NextGen HVAC program, currently in its 3rd round, including presentations from two active projects.

    Evaluation of Kilfrost GEO Anti-Freeze Performance in GSHP Closed Loop Fields

    Hybrid Heat Pump Controls

    The session will conclude with an open discussion of needs within the marketplace and an opportunity to define future challenges.


        • Michael Genovese / NYSERDA


        • Matt Davis / UNH / Kilfrost Anti-Freeze Evaluation
        • Jordan Dentz / The Levy Partnership / Hybrid Heat Pump Controls
        • Joseph Borowiec / NYSERDA
        • Bob Carver / NYSERDA


    Update on New York State Air Source & Ground Heat Pump Demonstrations

    Wednesday, April 10 • 2:30–3:30 PM • Session Room 1

    NYSERDA is conducting heat pump demonstrations at over 80 homes in New York.  National Grid and NYSERDA are demonstrating on a 10-site district loop in Riverhead, NY.  An update will be provided on installation status and the performance data collected to date.


        • Scott Smith / NYSERDA


        • Hugh Henderson / Frontier Energy
        • Chong Lin / National Grid
        • Richard Faesy / Energy Futures Group
        • Jordan Dentz / The Levy Partnership / Hybrid Heat Pump Controls
        • Zach Fink / ZBF Geothermal


    Update: Geothermal's Role in Environmentally Beneficial Electrification

    Wednesday, April 10 • 4:00–5:00 PM • Session Room 1

    New York Energy Transition Goals-Driven Perspective

    The evolving NY State Energy Plan establishes goals for GHG emissions reduction, renewable electricity percentage, building energy use reduction and improved energy efficiency.  It is important to understand how all these goals are inter-related in order to evaluate the effectiveness of current strategies and policies.  This presentation will show that if we meet the 40% by 2030 and 80% by 2050 GHG emissions reduction goals, we will exceed ALL of the other the currently established goals.


        • Jerry Acton / Physicians, Scientists & Engineers for Healthy Energy
        • Bob Wyman / Consultant
        • Erich Scherer / NYSERDA


    Day 1 • Annual Dinner

    Location: Main Hall


    Wednesday, April 10 • 6:30–9:00 PM • Main Hall


        • Jack DiEnna / GEO-NII

    A National Perspective

        • Ryan Dougherty / GEO Exchange
        • Michael Albertson / IGSHPA

    NY-GEO Year in Review

        • Bill Nowak / Executive Director, NY-GEO

    Dinner Keynote

        • John B. Rhodes / Chair, NYS Public Service Commission & CEO of the NYS Dept. of Public Service


    Day 2 • Thursday • April 11, 2019

    Day 2 • Plenary Session

    Location: Main Hall

     Thursday, April 11 • 8:30–10:00 AM • Main Hall


        • John Ciovacco / Board Member / NY-GEO
        • Bill Nowak / Executive Director / NY-GEO

    Opening Remarks:

        • Donovan Gordon / Director of Clean Heating & Cooling / NYSERDA


    Heat Pumps' Role in a Future Without Fossil Fuels 

    Heat pumps are being written into NYS policy as the principal alternative to fossil fuel heating & hot water for buildings.  Responses to existing or planned natural gas moratoriums have highlighted some of the challenges involved in a transition away from fossil fuels, towards electrification.  This panel will offer four different (4) perspectives on this transition as part of a necessary dialog of stakeholders in pursuit of a better future for NYS.   


        • Janet Joseph / NYSERDA


        • Bob Wyman / Consultant
        • Michael Albertson / WaterFurnace International
        • Radina Valova / Pace Energy & Climate Center
        • David Logsdon / ConEdison


    Day 2 • Contractor Track

    Location: Main Hall

    Ground Source Mini Splits & VRF: Ductless Solutions

    Thursday, April 11 • 10:00–11:00 AM • Main Hall

    Ductless technology has taken the world by storm.  New York didn’t get the memo!  While ductless air conditioning and heat pump systems have been the fastest growing sector of heating and cooling systems in many parts of the world, for a variety of reasons the US has been slow to adopt this approach to HVAC. Advocates cite ductless HVAC as easy to install and require less fan energy than central air ducted systems. Ductless split systems offer targeted cooling and heating comfort to zones in residential and commercial buildings. These systems were frontrunners in multiple heating and cooling stages and variable fan speeds. In existing buildings with no central AC, a ductless system may offer the most practical solution to a zoned cooling system – and take over the heating as a significant bonus. 

    In this session we will hear from two equipment manufacturers, a system design firm, and facility manager relaying their experience with these increasingly popular systems. 


        • John Manning / Phoenix Energy Supply


        • Amal Humsi / Samsung HVAC
        • Kyle Korman / Mitsubishi Electric HVAC
        • Paul Lundberg / Skidmore College
        • Jared Fortna / Earth Sensitive Solutions


    Equipment Manufacturers Panel: Challenges, Opportunities and What's Next?

    Thursday, April 11 • 11:30–12:30 PM • Main Hall

    Hear from the CEO’s of the major heat pump manufacturers in specializing 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.


        • Zach Fink / ZBF Geothermal


        • John Thomas / WaterFurnace International
        • Steve Smith / Enertech Global, LLC
        • Joe Parsons / ClimateMaster, Inc.
        • Kyle Murray / Bosch Heating and Cooling


    Improving Ground Loop Performance with Innovative Products

    Thursday, April 11 • 1:30–2:30 PM • Main Hall

    This session highlights innovative products designed to improve geothermal loop performance.  Representatives will discuss applications of their products and reference the operating specifications and real-world performance.


        • David Hermantin / RENU Engineering Technologies


        • Michael Reynolds / Kilfrost GEO
        • Robert Jensen / Agreenability
        • Jean-Francois Lavoie / Versaprofiles
        • Chris McCaskill / AWEB Supply


    Day 2 • Sustainability Track

    Location: Session Room 2

    Utilities & NYSERDA Collaborations to Achieve NYS Goals

    Thursday, April 11 • 10:00–11:00 AM • Session Room 2

    New York State’s Investor Owned Utilities will present the heat pump section of the New Efficiency NY filing that will have been submitted to the PSC on 4/1/19.  NYSERDA will continue to support existing heat pump programs through the end of 2019 to maintain continuity.  The filing will set the stage for heat pump programs in New York from 2020-2025.


        • Donovan Gordon / NYSERDA


        • William Xia / Con Ed
        • Rachel McCrea / National Grid
        • Charmaine Cigliano / Orange & Rockland

    The Benefits of Geothermal Heat Pumps to Regional Electric Grid

    Thursday, April 11 • 11:30–12:30 PM • Session Room 2

    Geothermal heat pumps are known for their ultra-high efficiencies for heating and cooling, and unparalleled environmental benefits.  But they also rank near the top of a variety of important metrics important to electric utilities, such as peak shaving, grid utilization, distributed energy resource, energy intensity and carbon emission avoidance.  This session will explain how broad deployment of geothermal heat pumps will bring broad gas and electric system benefits while at the same time significantly lowering cost for all ratepayers.


        • Jens Ponikau / Buffalo Geothermal
        • Catherine Griffin / Con Edison


    Heat Pumps for Low- to Moderate-Income New Yorkers

    Thursday, April 11 • 1:30–2:30 PM • Session Room 2

    Energy burden remains a significant challenge for the household economies of low- to moderate-income (LMI) New Yorkers, and Clean heating and cooling (CH&C) has potential to reduce energy costs for these residents. CH&C can also produce non-energy benefits (NEBs) for LMI users, including health, safety, and comfort. However, high upfront costs and difficult access to credit have created barriers which have prevented nearly any use of CH&C in LMI residences. This session will discuss the solutions being explored by NYSERDA and partners to increase the use of CH&C to maximize its economic and social benefits.


        • John Scicchitano / NYSERDA
        • Scott Oliver / Pathstone Corporation
        • Chris Carrick / Central NY Regional Planning Board


    Day 2 • Focus Track

    Location: Session Room 1

    Geothermal 101: Ground Source Heat Pumps for Beginners

    Thursday, April 11 • 10:00–11:00 AM • Session Room 1

    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.

     Presenter: Jay Egg / Egg Geothermal


    Innovative Thermal ExchangeBuilding Foundations, Angled Drilling, Waste Water & Aquafer Energy Storage

    Thursday, April 11 • 11:30–12:30 PM • Session Room 1

    Each of these panelists were too good to leave out! Each has an innovative approach to thermal exchange and each is expanding the reach of the energy and environmental benefits of heat pump technology. GeoSource Energy combines drilling science and practical experience with angled drilling to minimize the area needed while maximizing the geo-exchange below a building. Sharc is capturing high grade thermal energy from wastewater and using heat pumps to return the energy to buildings.  GI Energy has combined geothermal loops in the foundations of large buildings known as EnergyPilesTM.   Dutch ATES has sophisticated modeling and practical experience with aquifer thermal energy storage on a large scale.


        • Bill Nowak / NY-GEO


        • Stanley Reitsma / GeoSource Energy
        • Richard Gerbe / Highmark for Sharc International Systems
        • Tom Chadwick / GI Energy
        • Klaar De Schepper / Dutch ATES


    Financing Low Carbon Campus Retrofits

    Thursday, April 11 • 1:30–2:30 PM • Session Room 1

    Fordham University has teamed with Diverso Energy to start a campus wide initiative to a low carbon ground source conversion.  Diverso Energy's unique geothermal utility model coupled with strategic use of existing systems and re-allocating capital has allowed for a quick and efficient role out. The solution being implemented not only helps the school meet aggressive carbon and sustainability goals but has also provided a solution to replacing outdated HVAC systems while improving comfort and indoor air quality. 


        • Jack DiEnna / GEO-NII
        • Tim Weber / Diverso Energy
        • Vinny Burke / Fordham University


    Day 2 • Top Job / Conference Closing

    Location: Main Hall

    GeoStar 2019 Top Job Awards Ceremony / Conference Closing

    Thursday, April 11 • 2:30–3:00 PM • Main Hall

    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. Additionally, to communicate to those outside the industry the variety of ways that geothermal heat pump technology can be applied.

    Master of Ceremonies: John Manning / Phoenix Energy Supply  


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