Doug Dougherty (picture), Executive Director of the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO), made the keynote presentation at the American Ground Water Trust’s Geothermal Heating and Cooling Innovations: Design, Financing and Regulation workshop in Overland Park, Kansas in March. The diverse audience of energy engineers, architects, geo installers, regulators, utility professionals and HVAC manufacturers heard about the advocacy GEO is spearheading in federal and state arenas to get “efficiency” recognized in terms of “energy” of all types rather than as a function of electricity. This broader view of the energy marketplace serves to empower a larger role for innovative technologies such as Geothermal Heat Pumps. Ground sourced-based heating and cooling systems are capable of significant contributions to more efficient energy use and smaller carbon dioxide emission footprints when “thermal energy” loads are considered in the fundamental mix of energy consumption in our built environment. Properly designed and installed geothermal heating and cooling systems not only protect groundwater, but can reduce society’s conflicting demands for energy and water resources.
A CD of the presentations (PDF format) offered at the Overland Park, Kansas Geothermal Innovations workshop is available for a small fee that supports the education programs of the American Ground Water Trust. Send an email to the Trust for more information.