The Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) recently reported a legislative victory for its segment of the industry. On Nov. 18, President Obama signed into law an appropriations bill which included $1 million for on-bill financing of geothermal systems for small businesses.
Carrier wound up at the center of the debate over dry-shipped R-22 units after petitioning the EPA to close the loophole allowing the installation of new R-22 units. For spearheading Carrier’s petition and leading the charge to continue the phaseout of R-22, John Mandyck is a 2011 NEWSmaker.
The 25C tax credits have been a popular sales tool for residential HVAC contractors since their introduction in 2006. Late last year, Congress extended the credits through 2011, and now many in the industry are wondering if Congress will extend the credits again for 2012.
As president and CEO, Stephen Yurek has led the Air-Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) to be proactive on regulatory issues, especially in the area of standards development. For his industry leadership and success, Yurek is a 2011 NEWSmaker.
In mid-October, the ACEEE released its fifth annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, which ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia in order of their energy efficiency efforts. Although California was ranked No. 1 for the past four years, it was bumped from the top spot this year by Massachusetts.
A speaker who had my complete attention at the MSCA educational conference was business author Tim Sanders. Sanders said a future war for talented workers is brewing. When I heard him say that, I perked up because the first editorial I wrote for The NEWS a year and a half ago was about the coming labor shortage.
After much debate, new regional standards for HVAC equipment have become a reality. On Oct. 25, the Department of Energy (DOE) confirmed that it adopted new residential appliance standards for central air conditioners, furnaces, and heat pumps.
For 2011, the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and The NEWS are honoring Scott Naill as the HVACR Best Instructor. He has been teaching for 17 years at the Upper Valley Career Center, and his commitment to go the extra mile for his students and his program set him apart from the crowd.