The Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium, Inc., the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association, and the U.S. EPA are co-sponsering a live satellite broadcast about geoexchange uses for municipal buildings.
Washington, D.C. — Near-record-high natural gas and heating oil prices this winter promise the most expensive heating season in decades for state, county and municipal buildings with the risk that taxpayers could be asked to help offset the higher costs. To help government officials and facilities managers address this attack on operating budgets, an international teleconference, exploring a renewable alternative technology will be broadcast by satellite on November 15, 2000, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST to sites across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. It will also be available for viewing globally via the web at http://www.geoexchange.com. The live video conference, “GeoExchange – Bringing Efficiency to State, County and Municipal Buildings,” is being produced by the Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC. The television program will profile buildings in California, Missouri and Canada, as well as a half dozen schools from across the country, that are using geoexchange to pare thousands, and sometimes tens of thousands of dollars from annual operating budgets through improved energy efficiency, lower maintenance costs and complexity, and increased system reliability. In Sacramento, California, residents in public housing units are saving on their energy bills by using geoexchange. In Missouri, a new environmental center in the heart of downtown Kansas City will use geoexchange and provide over 36% savings on its heating and cooling bills. In Hull, Quebec, the renowned Museum of Civilization uses a geoexchange system to cool its facilities. Additional segments will feature a variety of other buildings that are using geoexchange to save taxpayers money. Geoexchange systems use the renewable energy available from the earth to provide heating in the winter and cooling in the summer, without burning any fossil fuel. Instead the system transfers heat to and from the ground, which, a few feet below the surface, remains at a relatively constant, moderate temperature year-round. Hosted by Richard Trethewey, of PBS’s This Old House, the format will allow viewer call-ins to a panel of experts including: Bill Enyeart, Sacramento (Calif.) Housing and Redevelopment Agency; Kathy Love, Missouri Department of Conservation; Dr. Ben Norman, Superintendent of the Ankeny Community School District in Iowa; and Dr. Karen Den Braven, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Idaho. They will be able to answer questions called in by participants on a toll-free number.