February 22nd - 23rd 2016
by Wesley Wolfe / Well Drilling Solutions
The NGWA sponsored a ground water fly in to Capitol Hill. The turnout was
great as members from all over the country showed up to show their support.
My company was there representing our service area.
Ground Source Heat pumps were at the top of our list. We attended many meetings with Senators and their aids to go over our concerns of geothermal being left out of the Omnibus bill. Much to my surprise they were aware of this issue and are working on several strategies to get it pushed back into the renewable energy tax credit status.
Of course this is all based upon support not only from the industry leaders but the consumer as well. This tax credit will influence both residential and commercial GHP installs. Flyers outlining all the benefits of Ground Source Heat Pumps were attached to every presentation that I was involved in. We stressed to everyone how geothermal is the best renewable energy for the dollar. We asked everyone to “just put us on an even playing field with solar and wind and let the consumer decide on which is best for them”.
Also another topic I constantly brought up was, geothermal is left in the dark as we don’t have that sexy appeal. Nobody sees geothermal, it is under the ground with grass, trees, and etc., growing over top of it. People walk by geothermal homes and buildings every day and haven’t the slightest idea that its even there. Without the word going around, geothermal gets left behind.
This was my second trip to capitol hill in the past 7 months. Planning to go again prior to April vote and then again as well prior to the July vote. I am in constant contact with the people I met on the hill and will pass along any updates to VGSHPA as I receive them.