September 24, 2015 | Geothermal Industry | Association News | Geothermal News

From the President:

According to the counter on the IGSHPA website, as I am writing this, there are 14 days, 20 hours, 20 minutes and 59 seconds until the start of the IGSHPA Conference & Expo in Kansas City, MO. I am really looking forward to it. In one of the planning meetings this year someone coined the term “family reunion” to describe the annual meeting. You may have gotten a letter from Conference Committee chairman, Jack Dienna, inviting you back to the family if you have been gone for a while. The letter even offered some pretty good incentives to make the trip to Kansas City in October.

The conference this year promises to be one of our best. We have new IGSHPA products and services to showcase. We have an incredible group of technical presenters. There will be two keynote speakers at the opening session. We are presenting the first new IGSHPA training course in many years. There is an opportunity to tour an important new geothermal installation at a nearby Ikea store. There will be a “plenary” session that will give members an opportunity to hear from the Board about our strategic direction. And, of course, there will be state-of-the-art ground source products on display in the exhibit hall.

The Conference Committee, Board, and Staff have worked hard to deliver a conference that will bring value to your businesses. I hope to see you in Kansas City October 5-8, 2015. There are only 14 days, 20 hours, and 03 minutes until it starts!


John Turley

The 2015 IGSHPA Technical Conference and Expo

We hope to see everyone in Kansas City, Missouri, on Oct. 7-8 at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at the Crown Center! A special welcome reception will be on the Sheraton Terrace Tuesday, Oct. 6 from 5:30-7 p.m. for all conference attendees and exhibitors.

Our program is now full, to find out more and view the full schedule click here.

Plenary Session

Of special interest this year, the IGSHPA Board of Directors invites all members to a special 2-part plenary session. These sessions will take place in the Atlanta Ballroom at 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Wednesday and 1-2 p.m. on Thursday. These sessions will focus on the various changes, opportunities, and future plans for IGSHPA. Specifically, what IGSHPA as an organization can do to assist our members in doing more business and moving our technology forward. This will be a chance for IGSHPA members and IGSHPA leadership to have two-way communication with each other on where IGSHPA is going, as well as how and why we are headed there. Feedback from the membership is encouraged during this time, as in a town hall session.

GTO Vision Study Discussion

Join the discussion Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the Atlanta Ballroom to support a vision study by the Geothermal Technologies Office at the United States Department of Energy. Discussion will revolve around the current status of GHP applications, its potential growth scenarios and associated impacts, and actions needed to realize the potential.

GEO Inspectors Course Rollout

This year in Kansas City, IGSHPA is excited to be rolling out its brand new accreditation and training course-the Geo Inspector Workshop. Inspector accreditation will empower code enforcing agents as well as other HVAC, utility, and ground-source industry professionals with the knowledge and experience needed to perform on-site inspections and system tests, both during and after the installation process. These inspections will allow professionals to ensure total end-user satisfaction, long-term equipment effectiveness, and code compliance. The course foundation will be built around IGSHPA, ASHRAE, and NGWA guidelines for ground-source systems as well as in-depth study of local and state ground-source codes. In addition, the course will expand to cover proper design and installation on outside heat exchange configurations and loop field layout. Heat fusion and antifreeze solutions system startup will also be included in this workshop. The course concludes with training on sample inspection checklists and forms, so that participants can gain first-hand experience completing the documentation of a ground-source system inspection.

India Training

The IGSHPA India chapter conducted a combined AI and Drillers class in New Delhi, India this month. 10 students participated in both the classes.

Geothermal News

GIBBS Making Strides for Geothermal in India: Green India Building Systems and Services in Mumbai, India, went live in February 2009 and has been growing ever since. Read about this initiative and an expert take from Roshan Revankar, IGSHPA Manager, in Mumbai’s Business Standard online newspaper.

NYSERDA Announces Donovan Gordon as Director of Renewable Thermal: The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced the appointment of Donovan Gordon as Director of Renewable Thermal, where he will lead efforts to develop markets that support clean, high-efficiency, renewable thermal systems, including GSHP technology. NYSERDA is part of the New York state governor’s office Reforming the Energy Vision strategy focusing on decreasing greenhouse gases while increasing the utilization of clean and efficient renewable resources such as GSHP. More information can be found here.

New York Legislature passes bills that benefit geothermal: Things are happening in the geothermal industry in New York. Read about the new legislation passed here.

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