WASHINGTON — Given its first opportunity to participate in the Illinois Renewable Energy Conference, the Geothermal Alliance of Illinois (GAOI) joined the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) and its members to fulfill a day-long track of geothermal heat pump (GHP) presentations at the Illinois Renewable Energy Conference. The conference was held on July 16, at Illinois State University, Normal, Ill.
Attended by more than 250, the event was coordinated by the Center for Renewable Energy, Illinois State University. Partners included the Illinois Wind Working Group, Illinois Solar Energy Association, the Geothermal Alliance of Illinois, the Illinois Biomass Working Group, the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, and Western Illinois University.
GAOI Executive Director John Freitag gave the opening plenary address on GHPs. GEO President and CEO Doug Dougherty presented during a breakout session on public policy and moderated a panel discussion on GHP commercial case studies.
“It was refreshing to see our technology identified as renewable energy,”Dougherty said. “Many Illinois public policy decision makers were in attendance, so we seized the opportunity to enlighten them on why GHPs should be included in Illinois’ Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard.”
GAOI and GEO have begun discussions on an effort to accomplish that goal during the state’s next legislative session.