December 15, 2016 | IGSHPA News | Geothermal News
From the President

The news last week that the federal tax credits for geothermal would not be extended this year was, of course, very disappointing for our members- particularly those in the US. Many organizations and individuals put a lot of time and money into the effort to regain parity with other renewable technologies that had their tax credits extended a year ago. We will continue to work with the other geothermal organizations to see this slight by our legislators reversed. In the meantime, we also need to focus on continuing to improve our designs, installations, technology and marketing. IGSHPA plays an important role in all these areas. This month I want to highlight two important opportunities to improve your trade organization and businesses.

First, an email was sent out last week to IGSHPA members requesting nominations to the Board in two membership categories- GHEX (drillers and loop installers) and Dealer/Contractor. This is the third Board election since the creation of the new bylaws. Our bylaws guarantee that that a percentage of Board seats will change every year. This encourages broader participation and fresh ideas. Please consider volunteering your time and talent to IGSHPA by serving on the Board. If you have an interest in serving, please let us know by email at or by calling the IGSHPA office at (800) 626-4747.

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Committee Updates

Advocacy Committee
In order to focus resources, the Advocacy Committee has authorized three working groups. The three working groups and designated leader are as follows:
  1. State/Regulatory Organizational Coordination – Cary Smith
  2. Third Party Energy Owner Development – Jack DiEnna
  3. Visioning & Industry Messaging – Bob Wyman

These working groups will be populated by existing Advocacy Committee Members and newly recruited resources.

As reported within the Committee, there will be no extension of the current Renewable Tax Credit Incentives set to expire this December 31st. The Committee will be working developing on developing a suggested industry positioning relative to this outcome that will hopefully contribute to a more favorable legislative positioning for the next legislative session next year.

Marketing Committee
The marketing committee is bringing back the product showcase advertisement section for the first quarter of the 2017 Geo Outlook. The magazines will be available during the IGSHPA Conference and Expo in Denver, Colorado. Each listing contains a picture, 100-word description and company contact information. The economical $250 listings are limited to single items only. Get your media kit today to learn about all the advertising opportunities available.

Membership Committee
Thank you all for filling out the membership survey. Your responses are being reviewed by the committee and board to ensure IGSHPA is meeting the needs of the members. Congratulations to Jeff Torgerson on winning the Yukon cooler!

Standards Committee
Section 3, 7, and 8 of the IGSHPA Standards have been updated by the IGSHPA Standards Committee. Members can purchase a hard copy of the standards on the IGSHPA website for $19.

Call For Board of Directors Nominees


To honor the outstanding applications and innovations in the ground source heat pump industry in the past year, IGSHPA is pleased to announce the call for nominees for the following awards. Recipients will be recognized during the awards dinner March 15, 2017 during the 2017 IGSHPA Conference & Expo in Denver, Colorado. Award areas open for nomination are: residential innovation, commercial innovation, friends of the industry, IGSHPA Visionary Award, and IGSHPA Ambassador Award.

Award guidelines:

  • Projects must have been installed from November 1, 2015-October 31, 2016.
  • Nominations must be made by January 31, 2017.
  • Nominees can nominate themselves or others for awards.
  • Recipients can receive an award in only one category.
  • Membership in IGSHPA is not a prerequisite to receive an award.

Nomination Form

IGSHPA was well represented during the GroundWater Week Expo December 7-8 by IGSHPA staff, board, and members. Pictured is Roshan Revankar, IGSHPA Acting Executive Director; Ryan Carda, Geo-Connections, Inc.; Stuart Lyle, ISCO Industries; Jack Henrich, Bergerson-Caswell, Inc.; and Cary Smith, Sound Geothermal Technologies.

2017 IGSHPA Conference and Expo Registration

Sign up TODAY for the 2017 IGSHPA Conference and Expo. For only $500, members can attend sessions, the exhibit hall, the welcome reception and all new awards dinner. Join us in Denver March 14-16 at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center.

Register now!

2017 IGSHPA Conference and Expo Hotel

The Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center will serve as the host hotel for the 2017 conference and expo. Make your room reservations with the hotel directly through the website and or by calling 1-866-378-1583. Use the code GSH when reserving your rooms. Single rooms are $105 per night and double rooms are $115 per night.

Online CEUs Now Available

Members, you can now earn CEUs online through the IGSHPA website! Earn .2 CEUs per hour of videos watched with an online quiz passing grade of 100%. To gain access to the videos to earn CEUs, visit the website to register for the video site.

For your IGSHPA renewal, you will need a total of 8 CEUs, 7 of which can be achieved through employment and organization membership. You will need 1 CEU that can be achieved by watching these learning videos and taking a short quiz at the end of each video. Access to these videos is FREE until January 31, 2017.

Geo Outlook Available!

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.

Trainers: Ed Lohrenz
Date: January 9-March 13, 2017
Location: Online

Trainers: Cary Smith & John Turley
Date: January 18-19, 2017
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma

Trainer: Garen Ewbank
Date: January 25-27, 2017
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma

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

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

CSA C448 Series 16 License and Distribution Agreement Reached

IGSHPA and the Canadian Standards Association entered into a license and distribution agreement November 1, 2016, for IGSHPA to distribute ANSI/CSA C448 Series-16-Design and Installation of Ground Source Heat Pump Systems for Commercial and Residential Buildings. IGSHPA is able to offer the standards to IGSHPA members as a member benefit for a special member price of $100, whereas, the list price for the standards is $155.

Members can visit to purchase their copy of the standard.

Geothermal News

Government Funding Bill Passed Without Investment Tax Credit for Geothermal Heat Pumps

On December 6, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a stopgap spending bill that did not include an extension of the the Investment Tax Credit (Sec. 48) or Residential Energy Efficiency Property Credit (Sec. 25D)

“Geothermal heat pump technology is a critical component for meeting energy efficiency and environmental goals in the U.S.,” said Doug Dougherty, President and CEO of GEO. “In addition, the industry supports tens of thousands American workers with well-paid manufacturing and installation jobs.”

In addition, businesses will no longer be able to use bonus depreciation – a method of expensing half of the cost of purchase with the remaining half depreciated over time – for geothermal heat pump technology, and homeowners who install this efficient heating and cooling technology will see a tax increase.

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