New York City leads on geothermal adoption
The New York City Council passed the geothermal energy bill on Dec. 7, 2015, and sent it to Mayor De Blasio for signing. The bill, Int. 0609-A-2015, is a local law to amend the administrative code of the City of New York regarding the use of geothermal energy in the city. When the mayor signs it, this legislation will go into effect immediately.
Sponsored by Council Member Costa Constantinides, this bill requires New York City to identify and implement geothermal heat pump installations in all its new construction and retrofits when it is shown that doing so would be cost effective.
The bill is a follow up to a 2013 measure that called for the study of geothermal of energy systems in New York City, showing that the city has some of the best geology and conditions for the adoption of geothermal systems, according to Jack DiEnna, executive director & founder of the Geothermal National & International Initiative.
New York City has long supported geothermal energy use, backed by New York Public Service Commissioner Patricia Acampora for over 10 years, and has also been recognized as a renewable thermal asset in the clean energy fund in the REV program, DiEnna noted. The city also has the first project involving a water utility using a geothermal system to deliver heating and cooling to a school.
"This points to the fact that New York City is on the cutting edge of moving this technology to the next level," DiEnna said.
This measure could be used as a blueprint for any city, town or borough in the U.S. Increased use of geothermal heat pump systems reduces energy costs for the end user, reduce peak load supporting a stronger grid, reduces emissions and creates jobs. DiEnna is working to support systems in other major cities like Philadelphia, Chicago, and Detroit.
After all, if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere.