Recent GBL Geothermal News Postings
Solution to our oil dependence: geothermal heat
Posted by: The Portland Press Herald
Financing can ease the installation cost, which can be further offset by vastly reduced heating bills.
GEO puts GHP use on the forefront of green energy
The Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO), is the new name for the reinvigorated Geothermal Het Pump Consortium. The GEO advocates GHP legislation and standards to support widespread installations. The plan not only calls for aggressive education of elected officials but also the general public. The GEO seeks to create networks and partnerships extending from grassroots efforts to legislation seeking to effectively and rapidly develop and implement GHP system technologies.
GBL Featured in NIREC Newsletter
Posted by: NIREC
What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur in clean energy?
Ford Uses Geothermal Energy at Lima, OH Plant
Ford announced its top ten ways of going green. Beyond the generation of highly fuel efficient automobiles, the company installed a geothermal system to cool one of their auto manufacturing plants. Ford not only saved in installation of the new cooling system, but also is seeing the immediate benefits of reduced operating costs at the site.
State RPS Policies Will Drive 250% Increase in Renewable Energy Generation
State and federal mandates for renewable energy usage will be rapidly increasing over the next decade. With the first of several deadlines for levels of compliance a mere five years away, communities across the country will witness one of the largest gains in commercial and residential renewable energy growth.
LEED for Neighborhood Development
Communities are the next step in LEED's evolution.
Last month, LEED celebrated its 10th anniversary. For a decade, the LEED rating systems have driven the marketplace toward recognizing the central tenet of green building: that our economic, environmental and personal health is dramatically impacted by the places where we live, work, learn, shop, heal, dine and play. But those buildings don’t exist in a bubble, and green building shouldn’t either.
ASHRAE Unveils Building Energy Label
Posted by: Matt Miller
ASHRAE Unveils Building Energy Label
The Building EQ label grades buildings on design energy and actual energy use.
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) announced the launch of its new building energy labeling program with the release of a prototype of the label at its 2009 annual conference in June. The labeling program, called Building Energy Quotient or “Building EQ,” was developed in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star program and will grade new and existing buildings of all types (except residential) on both design energy use and actual energy performance. According to ASHRAE representatives, the labeling program was designed to provide building operators with information that will allow them to improve building performance, and to provide building owners as well as potential buyers and tenants with quantifiable evidence of the value and cost of investing in a particular building based on its energy performance. ASHRAE is currently working with real estate developers to implement the label prototype in the fall of 2009, with a widespread launch of the full program in 2010. For more information, visit http://buildingEQ.com/
Geothermal Gets the Go-ahead
Posted by: Barbara Horwitz-Bennet
Despite higher first cost, continuing technology advances and increasing system efficiencies are making geothermal a serious contender in the HVAC market.
Geothermal Heat Pumps: Good for the Bottom Line, Good for the Nation
Posted by: Chris de Morsella
ENERGY STAR qualified geothermal heat pumps use about 30% to 40% less energy than a standard heat pump and are also quieter than conventional systems
What's geothermal again?
Posted by: Elisa Wood
Geothermal heat pumps could have a significant impact on our energy supply. They can be installed pretty much anywhere there is a building. And if we used them to maximum potential in the United States, we could avoid building 91-105 gigawatts of generation, nearly half of the new power we will need in 2030, according to the US Department of Energy.