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NYS Clean Heat Incentives & Related Programs

In this session, you will learn about a broad range of NYS Clean Heat Incentives and related programs offered by NYSERDA and the Joint Utilities.  New for 2023 the IRA provisions of HOMES and HEEHRA will be implemented through NYSERDA along with modifications to other programs will be presented. This session is designed to create broad awareness of programs available and identify resources to access programs of interest to your project(s).


  • Julie Hawkins / National Grid 


  • Ray Cotto / CHG&E 
  • Dan Krupa / Con Edison 
  • Jennifer Cross / National Grid 
  • Nicole Williams / NYSEG RG&E 
  • Mark Maloney / O&R 
  • Jonathan Tham / PSEG Long Island 
  • Cory Nicosia / NYSERDA
  • Davetta Thacher / NYSERDA 

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Presentation Deck: NYS Clean Heat Initiatives Related Programs

Geothermal Heat Pumps: The ultimate thermal energy storage

The CLCPA tells us in 30 years the vast majority of NYS’s buildings will need to convert to electrically driven space heating and hot water. Ground source heat pumps (GSHP) are known for their ultra-high efficiencies for heating and cooling, and unparalleled environmental benefits.  GSHPs also rank near the top of a variety of important metrics important to electric utilities, such as peak shaving, grid utilization, distributed energy resource (DER), energy intensity and carbon emission avoidance.  There’s emphasis on the development of electric battery storage solutions to address a number of these metrics.   We need to begin to appreciate that a closed-loop geothermal borehole is perhaps the strongest DER candidate, bringing 75% of its energy from a renewable resource, requiring practically no maintenance and having a useful life beyond 100 years.  


  • Jens Ponikau / Buffalo Geothermal, NY-GEO Board
  • Jared Rodriguez / Emergent Urban Concepts

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Presentation Deck: Establishing a Value for the Ground Heat Exchanger as Storage

Who Will Pay for Building Electrification? A Policy Perspective

New York's Climate Plan calls for millions of buildings to eliminate fossil fuels statewide in the coming years.  How will we fund the replacement of combustion appliances with electric ones?  Beyond the equipment changes, many buildings will need significant building envelope upgrades and new heating/cooling distribution systems, adding to the expense. The populations needing some of the most extensive upgrades are also those least able to afford such an investment. This panel will offer ideas on how New York and other parts of the country will find ways to fund this tremendous shift away from fossil fuels in buildings.


  • Jessica Azulay / AGREE


  • Audrey Schulman / HEET
  • Annie Carforo / WE ACT 
  • Michael Hernandez / ReWiring America
  • Lisa Dix / Building Decarb Coalition

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Presentation Deck: Who Will Pay for Electrification

Regional Networked Geothermal Initiatives

In the Northeast networked geothermal initiatives have increased tremendously, largely as an alternative to natural gas networks.   This panel brings together the people leading those projects in New York, Massachusetts, Vermont and Pennsylvania.


  • John Ciovacco / Aztech Geothermal, NY-GEO Board 


  • Eric Bosworth / Eversource (MA) 
  • Greg Koumoullos /  ConEd 
  • Owen Brady / National Grid (NY&MA) 
  • Morgan Hood / VGS (VT) 

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Presentation Deck: Regional Networked Geothermal Initiatives

Financing & Incentive Options Community Renewables

Climate legislation in many Northeast states points towards the electrification of heating, hot water and other combustion appliances in buildings. The pace and magnitude of this change will likely require large community-scale renewable energy projects, instead of one zero energy building at a time.  Ideally the majority of the renewable thermal and electrical resources are generated right in the community. This approach favors broad collaboration and cooperation to execute on community scale energy master plans. The panelists will discuss the types of investments that need to be made, paths to maximize incentives while finding long term financing and business models to make these multifaceted community renewable systems a sustainable reality. 


  • Indu Lnu / University of Albany 


  • Dylan Turek / City of Troy
  • Jacob Goldman / Energy Tax Savers
  • Shadrach Treat / Siemens
  • Donovan Gordon / NYSERDA

Session YouTube Recording
Presentation Deck: Financing Incentive Options

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