The NY Geothermal Energy Organization (NY-GEO) holding 2nd annual conference
The 2 day conference is taking place at the Wolf Road Radisson Hotel in Albany, NY. Click here to register for the conference. Public Service Commission Chair Audrey Zibelman to Speak on Renewable Heating and Cooling. Other plenary speakers include John B. Rhodes, President and CEO of New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Donovan Gordon, Director of Renewable Heating and Cooling at NYSERDA and NY-GEO President, John Franceschina.
New Yorkers now have the perfect opportunity to learn about the other renewable energy –renewable heating and cooling using geothermal heat pumps (GHPs). This two-day conference also offers top-level workshops with continuing education credits for architects and engineers on both days.
The public is welcome to come without charge to the Radisson to visit the conference exhibits and talk with experts on Wednesday the 20th from 7:30-8:30 AM, 11-11:30 AM and 12:30-1:30 PM. The public is also invited to attend the workshops on Wednesday and can visit the NY-GEO website at ny-geo.org to find out how to register. To make it easy for students and other interested individuals to attend the workshops, PSEG Long Island has provided a scholarship fund for students and income-challenged individuals.
Wednesday’s focus is on Public Policy and Renewable Energy. It starts at 8:30 AM with an address from PSC Chair Audrey Zibelman on geothermal’s role within New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision initiative. Next up is a panel on The Future of Renewable Heating and Cooling in the Northeast, followed by workshops including Geothermal 101 for Beginners, and Net Zero – the Future of Building, Starting Now. Wednesday ends with the exciting Top Job Competition, where the audience helps select the 2016 winning geothermal project from among seven finalists, providing a great overview of GHPs possibilities. This is the day for policy makers, environmental advocates, renewable energy supporters and consumers to learn how to save money, eliminate on-site air pollution and help reduce peak electric demand, all while enjoying the comfortable indoor temperatures provided by GHPs.
Geothermal is called the other renewable energy because unlike the more well-known solar and wind technologies that generate renewable electricity, GHP technology provides sustainable, reliable and environmentally-friendly heating and cooling of homes and other buildings. This is significant since on-site heating indoor spaces accounts for about a third of all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the state, while electricity generation accounts for only 20%, according to the 2015 New York Energy Plan. GHPs are not new, but they have a new relevance in the fight to combat greenhouse gases and climate change. How? Come to this informative conference and find out!