Martin Orio (picture) was a key presenter at AGWT’s Geothermal Innovations workshop in Marlborough, Massachusetts on October 23. Mr. Orio, President of the New England Geothermal Professional Association and Vice President of Water Energy Distributors (Hampstead, NH) presented an update of the legislation in Massachusetts and New Hampshire regarding Thermal Energy Credits, Renewable Portfolio Standardsand the role geothermal heat pumps can play in these incentive programs to produce and consume energy more efficiently in New England. New Hampshire is in the roll out stage of enacting NH Senate Bill 218 that became law in the fall of 2012 and the Massachusetts legislature is in the middle of debating MA Senate Bill 1593 that is expected to be promulgated as law in 2014. Both these pieces of legislation are at the cutting edge of formally recognizing thermal energy associated with geothermal heat pumps as valuable and appropriate for energy credit programs in Renewable Portfolio Standards that electric utilities must meet. Including GHPs in thermal energy credit programs will increase the recognition of the technology and its value within the heating and cooling marketplace, which can be expected to lead to increased installations.
A CD of the presentations (PDF format) offered at the Marlborough, Massachusetts 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.