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A Minnesota County Saves Big with Geothermal Heat Pumps

A Minnesota County Saves Big with Geothermal Heat Pumps

A recent article in Finance and Commerce, Minnesota's business journal discussed the green initiatives one Minnesota County is implementing to save big bucks.  Dakota County was recognized by the Sierra Club for its leadership in renewable energy programs. In a number of the environmentally friendly projects, a key resource was the use of geothermal heat pumps. In West St. Paul plans for a $7 million dollar maintenance facility will utilize ground source energy for the heating and cooling ne ...

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President Obama Summons a

President Obama Summons a “National Mission” for Alternative Energy Solutions

On Tuesday, President Obama made his first presidential speech from the Oval Office and addressed the need for a new energy policy. In light of the ongoing tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico, the President made an even stronger push for a reduction in the U.S.'s reliance on foreign oil. Since his campaign began, President Obama has been adamant about passing new legislation that would set higher efficiency standards for buildings, cars, and trucks. During his speech he addressed the fact that "oil ...

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Western Colorado Leads the Way in GeoExchange

Western Colorado Leads the Way in GeoExchange

The Western Slope region of Colorado has been at the forefront of geothermal heat pump installation for over 10 years and the movement towards green energy solutions has not lost momentum. In 1997 the Delta-Montrose Electric Association began offering financing, economic incentives, education and installation packages for consumers who chose geothermal heat pump systems. The Western Slope has been one of the best places in the state and across the country for implementing those systems, sa ...

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Clemson Engineers Work Towards Using

Clemson Engineers Work Towards Using “Waste” in a Geothermal Heat Pump System

Clemson engineers Ron Falta and Fred Molz have received a $991,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to research the potential for a Subsurface Thermal Energy Storage (STES) system that could be even more economical and energy efficient than current geothermal heat pumps. The STES system utilizes much of the same technology used in a conventional geothermal heat pump, relying on the earth's ability to store heat. The STES system would use energy from below the earth's surface to heat ...

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Geothermal Heat Pumps: Benefitting the Economy and the Environment

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Benefitting the Economy and the Environment

On Wednesday June 2nd, 2010 Carnegie Mellon University here in Pittsburgh had the opportunity to host President Obama as he addressed the current economic state of the U.S. During his address, President Obama recognized clean energy solutions as essential to rebuilding America and vowed to "prioritize investments in clean energy research and development." A move towards clean energy will not only reduce our dependence on foreign oil, but will also lead to the creation of hundreds of thousands ne ...

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