April 27, 2017 | IGSHPA News | Geothermal News
IGSHPA Training and Accreditation Opportunities
IGSHPA has several opportunities across North America for you to become certified or accredited through one of our programs. Please visit our training homepage for more info and to register to attend a class.

Certified Geothermal Inspector Workshop
Trainers: John Turley and Cary Smith
Date: May 22-23, 2017
Location: Stillwater, OK
(Learning units available for course through AIA)

Certified GeoExchange Designer Workshop
Trainer: Ed Lohrenz
Date: June 5-7, 2017
Location: Stillwater, OK
(Learning units available for course through AIA)

Certified Residential Geothermal Designer Workshop
Trainers: Ryan Carda and Ed Lohrenz
Date: June 8-9, 2017
Location: Stillwater, OK

IGSHPA Accredited Installers Workshop
Trainers: TBD
Date: June 21-23, 2017
Location: Stillwater, OK

Trainer: Ryan Carda, P.E.
Date: Rolling - Begin Immediately
Location: Online

Committee Updates
Advocacy Committee
The advocacy committee will now be chaired by Paul Bony with David Thomison co-chair of the committee. Jay Egg also joined the committee as a committee member.

Marketing Committee
The next marketing committee meeting will be May 17, 2017, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Central Time. Contact Erin Portman for connection information.

Membership Committee
The membership renewal cycle has started for those who need to renew their membership and/or recertify their certifications with IGSHPA. Be watching your inbox and mailbox for information.

Research Committee
Research committee received comments from IGSHPA members on the study done by University of Minnesota’s Cold Climate housing Program on the performance, emissions and economics of residential ground source heat pump systems in cold climates. The committee is reviewing the report and the comments.

Standards Committee
The Standards committee is working to Update Section 2B which pertains to proper grouting methods and materials. The current content in Section 2B leaves too much for interpretation by the contractor. It is being reorganized and expanded.

The proposed changes have been forwarded to NGWA for review, and their comments are being considered for inclusion into the standard.

It's Renewal Time!

Check your membership cards and your accreditation cards! Emails have been sent to people who need to recertify their IGSHPA accreditations and/or renew their IGSHPA membership. You can update your account with IGSHPA today by contacting Gail at IGSHPA. For those who want to recertify, you will need 8 CEU points to recertify your accredited installers license for the next three years.

We've got an app for that!

Do you need to find something for all things IGSHPA? We've got an app for that. IGSHPA student workers have been working on an app where you can find IGSHPA information at the touch of a button. Download the app by going to the Apple App Store or Google Play and searching for IGSHPA.

2017 IGSHPA Conference and Expo
Relive moments of the 2017 IGSHPA Conference and Expo with the conference photos available online on the IGSHPA Flickr account. Also available on the IGSHPA YouTube channel are the Conference Opening Session video, leadership panel, awards banquet, and contractor success panel.

Geo Outlook Available!

Geothermal News
U.S. Representative Hollingsworth Visits Geo-Flo Plant

Bedford, Indiana, April 21, 2017 – U.S. Representative Trey Hollingsworth, Indiana 9th District, visited the Geo-Flo plant in Bedford, Indiana, on April 21. Discussions included the state of the geothermal heat pump industry, as well as Geo-Flo's encouragement to support H.R. Bill 1090, which would extend the tax credit for investments in energy property with construction that begins before January 1, 2022. The bill includes geothermal technology and other renewables left out of the tax credit extension that included solar installations. As of the date of the visit, there were 59 co-sponsors of the bill introduced by Representative Tom Reed of New York.

Tom Wyer, company president, gave a brief presentation, followed by a factory tour. Part of the presentation included a history of Geo-Flo, which began production in 1988. Wyer provided some background on the geothermal industry, and statistics to help provide Hollingsworth and his staff a better understanding of how the geothermal heat pump industry compares to the overall HVAC industry and U.S. manufacturing in general. It’s estimated that around 2,000 people are directly or indirectly employed as a result of the geothermal heat pump industry, just in Indiana. “These are good manufacturing jobs, skilled HVAC installation technicians, and heavy equipment operators; jobs that cannot be exported,” stated Wyer.

As an industry, geothermal heat pump technology has grown steadily for most of the past 30 years until around 2009-2010, when the effects of the “Great Recession” started affecting the industry. In 2008, under President Bush (who has geothermal in his Texas ranch home), tax credits were established that provided support to energy efficient technologies, including geothermal heat pumps. Unfortunately, the credits coincided with the “Great Recession”, limiting industry growth. When the omnibus bill passed by Congress in December 2015 extended tax credits for the solar industry, but left out geothermal, solar technology received an unfair advantage from a tax standpoint. H.R. 1090 provides tax equity.

During the factory tour, a number of good discussions relating to Geo-Flo manufacturing and geothermal technology provided Hollingsworth and his staff with additional details, according to Wyer. Geo-Flo guests watched as the CNC machines were machining brass fittings and adapters from brass bar stock that Geo-Flo brings in exclusively from mills in the U.S. “We very much enjoyed Representative Hollingsworth’s visit, and appreciate his time,” concluded Wyer. “Awareness of how the geothermal heat pump industry impacts jobs, energy, and the environment is good for business.” (Courtesy of Geo-Flo )

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