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Oklahoma Utility Brings Geothermal to Its Customers – Expert utility and geothermal professional Boyd Lee of CKenergy Cooperative of Oklahoma shares real experience, real facts and real figures from a successful geothermal loop initiative. Learn why it works and why utilities that aren’t installing loops are “leaving money on the table”. Thanks to IGSHPA for hosting Mr. Lee for their May town hall meeting. The video is 29 minutes.
As US states prohibit gas bans, IEA backs building codes to phase out gas use – The International Energy Agency’s (IEA) roadmap to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 sees little role for natural gas in building heating and cooking by midcentury. It calls on policymakers to implement building electrification policies and gas use restrictions, at a time when nearly half of U.S. states have outlawed or are in the process of prohibiting those policies…The policy recommendations come as more than 20 U.S. states have moved since 2020 to prohibit local governments from adopting ordinances and policies to restrict gas use in buildings. The legislative push is a reaction to new building gas bans and all-electric construction codes passed in Seattle and about 40 California towns, cities and counties since 2019. Similar measures to ban gas new in buildings are advancing in the U.S. Northeast. See the full article here.
University of Michigan commits to District GeoExchange – “Each campus will also require a new centralized geothermal heat exchange and heat recovery chiller plant that ties in to a new and nearby geo-field. Each campus’s size and thermal load will shape the scale of the geo-field boreholes and piping. In total, the consultant’s analysis estimated nearly 20,000 bore-holes, with most extending roughly 600 feet below ground.” See the full report here.