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Report Issued on District Thermal Marketplace Regulatory Issues – Pace Energy and Climate Center at Pace University has completed a report for NYSERDA titled Overcoming Legal and Regulatory Barriers to District Geothermal in New York State. “This study considers how property rights and permitting regimes governing geothermal projects can inform potential business models to advance the technology and presents recommendations for State authorities to consider in order to scale geothermal energy technology…” The report includes a table listing over 30 systems surveyed, including 6 district systems and 16 campus systems. Final Report Issued June 2021 [PDF]
D.C. Ends Rebates for Gas Appliances – “After August 20, 2021, in line with District policy and the Clean Energy DC Plan, the DCSEU will no longer offer rebates for residential natural gas equipment in the Efficient Products program. This includes rebates for residential gas dryers, furnaces, boilers, and water heaters. To help residents make the transition to efficient electric heat pumps and heat pump water heaters, the DCSEU has increased rebates for the most efficient heat pumps and heat pump water heaters.” Unfortunately, this program has no rebates for ground source heat pumps, but establishes an important precedent in eliminating rebates for gas appliances.
Ignoring climate change will yield ‘untold suffering,’ panel of 14,000 scientists warns – A few big climate policies could change everything — but we have to act fast. By Brandon Specktor – Senior Writer Live Science- Nearly 14,000 scientists have signed a new climate emergency paper, warning that “untold suffering” awaits the human race if we don’t start tackling global warming head-on, effective immediately. Earth’s vitals have only deteriorated over the last two years, with 18 of the report’s 31 categories showing new all-time record highs or lows, the authors wrote. Full Story here