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Geothermal energy conference scheduled for Albany April 19-20.
Press Release - For Immediate Release April 10, 2017
Event Date: April 19-20, 2017
Contact: Bill Nowak, NY-GEO, 716-316-7674

NY-GEO 2017 Conference to Leverage State Support for Renewable Heating & Cooling
Opening and Closing Conference Events are Free and Open to the Public.

Albany, NY – The New York Geothermal Energy Organization (NY-GEO) is dedicated to helping New York obtain targeted cuts in greenhouse gas emissions of 40 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050. To accelerate the wide-scale adoption of geothermal heat pumps for renewable heating and cooling, the organization is holding its third annual conference at the Wolf Road Radisson Hotel in Albany, New York on April 19 and 20.

NY-GEO is making two of the conference sessions available to the public for free admission:
• The opening keynote speech at 9 AM on Wednesday April 19, by US Congress Member Paul Tonko, who was formerly head of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
• The closing GeoStar Top Job Competition 1:30-3:30 PM on Thursday, April 20, where several finalists will give pithy descriptions of geothermal projects in hopes of being crowned the 2017 Top Job. Projects include St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Lockport Housing Authority and a 250 year-old farmhouse.

Attendees are urged to reserve a free spot at these events by emailing

In February, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a $15 million proposal to accelerate the use of geothermal heat pumps in New York to stimulate the clean energy economy. In addition, NYSERDA recently released a Policy Framework to increase renewable heating and cooling in the state. Discussion of these two developments will be featured at the conference.

Currently, fossil-fuel based thermal energy — primarily natural gas, propane and heating oil — are the main energy sources for space heating and domestic hot water in the residential and commercial sectors. It is responsible for approximately one third of New York’s energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. Geothermal heat pump installations use the constant temperature under the ground’s frost line to renewably heat and cool homes and businesses without producing greenhouse gases on site. Renewable heating and cooling technologies not only provide environmental benefits, they can provide energy bill savings, increased comfort levels and health benefits compared to conventional heating and cooling technologies.

NY-GEO 2017 features two main content-rich workshop tracks; the Sustainability Track eligible for PDH, BPI and AIA credits of interest to engineers, architects, consultants and policy makers, plus a concurrent Best Practices Track with invaluable information for installation contractors, drillers, building owners and managers. The conference, includes a Vendor Exhibition, providing an opportunity to get updated on the latest in technology and policy advances from the people most intimately involved in these developments.

NY-GEO 2017 will feature keynote addresses from Congress member Paul Tonko, John B. Rhodes, President and CEO of NYSERDA and Kenneth D. Daly, CFA, President of National Grid New York.

In addition to the keynote speakers, leading designers and installers, national and international geothermal experts, and representatives from state agencies headline this event. NY-GEO’s 2016 conference drew 200 participants from 111 communities in 25 states, 4 provinces and 5 countries. The first night dinner includes Mr. Rhodes as the keynote speaker, and both days allow time to mingle in the Exhibitor Area with leading product manufacturers, distributors and service providers. To register for the full conference – please visit before Friday, April 14th.

The press is welcome to cover any aspect of the conference – call 518-3136-GEO to make arrangements.

Bill Nowak
Executive Director, NY-GEO

The New York Geothermal Energy Organization (NY-GEO) is a non-profit trade association representing geothermal heat pump (GHP) installers, manufacturers, distributors, drillers, consultants and industry stakeholders from throughout New York State and beyond.