In the News

 

This page has links to news items, interviews, testimony, articles & white papers, events (conferences and other public appearances) and press releases with which we are involved.

News Items

Written for Renewable Energy World, http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/:

Letters to the Editor in Newsday, www.newsday.com:

US Representative Steve Israel’s web site: www.israel.house.gov:

Interviews

FiOS 1 News-Long Island, www.fios1news.com:

  • July 23, 2011: Homes with Solar Panels Benefit from Heat Wave, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lufBhKPKO7U Video interviewing us on FiOS 1 News about our solar panels and other energy efficiencies, concluding with press conference with Congressman Steve Israel.

Testimony

NYS Clean Energy Standard

  • May 18, 2016: Billii spoke in favor of GHPs to advance Clean Energy Standards goals:”As the PSC’s January 25th Staff White paper on the Clean Energy Standard notes, electric vehicles (EVs) and geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) ‘have the effect of reducing total carbon emissions while increasing electricity demand.’”When 77% of New York’s greenhouse gases come from transportation and on-site fossil fuel combustion from heating homes and other buildings, shouldn’t reducing this 77% be the priority?
    Referring to EVs and GHPs, the paper goes on to say that the Clean Energy Standard can “have the inadvertent effect of deterring the adoption of beneficial technologies.””This is because of the focus on reducing electrical consumption without regard to consequences. The beneficial, major reduction of carbon emissions provided by EVs and GHPs must be considered. Both are excellent trade-offs for fossil fuels, especially when the social cost of carbon is included in the price, as is now being done in New York City.”In addition, the Clean Energy Standard might have the unintended consequence of having electricity suppliers discourage the use of these technologies to avoid increased costs that might result from needing to provide more power with 50% renewable electricity.”I must note here: GHPs increase electric use when demand is low and consume less when demand is high. This helps even out demand and increase grid utilization—both good for the electric utilities. However, they do not seem to know this.”It is crucial the Commission find ways to use the Clean Energy Standard to encourage the rapid adoption of EVs and GHPs. We must transition to heating our buildings and running our transportation system without fossil fuels.”I urge the Commission to adopt measures to encourage EVs and GHPs as part of the standard, including the establishment of Thermal Renewable Energy Certificates or TRECs.”

NYS REV (Reforming the Energy Vision) Proceeding on Long Island

  • January 26, 2016: Billii spoke in favor of government incentives for GHPs:”The major oversight in REV is the singular focus on electricity, even though everyone is saying renewable energy. It seems, though, that I may be the lone voice here supporting geothermal heat pump systems, also known as ground-source or ground-coupled heat pumps.”According to the 2015 NYS Energy Plan, only 18% of CO2 comes from in-state electricity generation, while 31% comes from heating buildings! How does the REV intend to reduce greenhouse gases by 40% by 2030 and 80% by 2050 without addressing this heating issue?”Geothermal heat pumps, GHPs, are the renewable, non-combustion way. They are as green as the electricity that powers them. They can slash peak demand in summer, holding the line or even lowering electric rates (which benefits every ratepayer) and reducing the need to build more plants and/or bring online dirty, expensive “peaker” plants.”We all benefit when one member of a community installs a GHP. This is why government must step in and support it in a major way. This technology deserves support that is on par with the support given to solar and wind because it effectively addresses another, and greater, source of greenhouse gases than generating electricity.”Give generous incentives to the geothermal pioneers. As more residents and businesses switch, this technology will advance enormously. Keep in mind, no one would be driving Mustangs and Fusions if the original Model T Ford hadn’t sold!”My question is why isn’t REV doing more to promote GHPs? Long Island has over 2,000 LIPA-rebated GHP installations and there are more that did not receive rebates.”NYC has gotten aboard the “GHP train” with the signing of Local Bill 609, which requires all city-owned buildings to evaluate and use GHPs in all new construction and major renovation projects.
    Last year, both the Assembly and the Senate unanimously passed two geothermal incentive bills.
    When will REV, and NYS as a whole, start considering the social cost of carbon and board the “GHP train” to the future?”

NYC Hearing on Int. 609-A-2015

      • December, 23, 2015:  Billii spoke in favor of the Constantinides Geothermal Bill (Int. 609-A-2015):”I am delighted Mayor DeBlasio is continuing on the path to reducing NYC’s carbon footprint by signing this bill, which promotes the use of GHPs wherever they prove feasible and economical.”GHPs heat without fire, so there are no combustion gases released. Not only are they clean and renewable, but they are the most efficient way to heat and cool buildings. This means they will lower peak demand in the summer with the potential of holding the line or even lowering electric rate increases. This benefits every ratepayer, not just the GHP user.”

NYS REV (Reforming the Energy Vision) Proceeding in NYC

  • February 3, 2105: Billii spoke in favor of GHPs, highlighted six policy objectives identified in the REV that should include GHPs:1) Customer knowledge and tools that support effective management of their total energy bill:
    “Outreach should include providing accurate, up-to-date information on energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies such as GHPs and solar.”2) Market animation and leverage of ratepayer contributions
    “Attractive financing, tax credits and other incentives will provide the stimulus for ratepayers to upgrade appliances, including heating and cooling systems, to more energy efficient ones, as well as those that use renewable systems.”3) System wide efficiency
    “Every ratepayer should be encouraged to upgrade buildings to the highest energy efficiency practicable. The superior efficiency of GHP systems means they can cut the summer peak load up to 40% while reducing electric bills for GHP users.”4) Fuel and resource diversity
    “Alternative energy sources such as wind, solar and GHPs should be encouraged. Heating and cooling systems, especially, are a long-term investment. A FF system that is energy efficient today will be obsolete tomorrow.”5) System reliability and resiliency
    “GHPs are reliable and increase resliency since all equipment is indoors or underground and protected fo rm the elements.”6) Reduction of carbon emissions
    “Reducing Carbon Emissions should have a higher priority over reducing electricity usage, but not over decreasing energy usage. It is critical to distinguish between the two.”GHPs are the most efficient way to heat and cooling indoor spaces, but since they run on electricity they will increase on-site electricity usage. However, this is far preferable than spewing GHGs into the air in communities all over NYS.”This is especially so since increased use of solar PV has reduced the on-site use of electricity, and if continued will reduce electricity utilities’ ability to upgrade and maintain grid infrastructure without raising rates.”

NY City Council Joint Hearing of Small Business and Environmental Protection Committees

  • April 29, 2013: Joint hearing of Small Business and Environmental Protection Committees on “Leveraging Green Business in New York City.” I (Billii) was invited by NYC Councilman James D. Gennaro, Chairman of the Environmental Protection Committee, to speak about my own home renovation project, my green consulting business and the advantages of greening homes and businesses. (Click on the video link to the far right on the April 29th line. My testimony starts 3 hours, 1 minute and 45 seconds into the hearing.) at http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/DepartmentDetail.aspx?ID=7036&GUID=3A232920-4E50-4D57-80B8-1C8587F3EA32&Search=.

    Ira Zucker, Billii Roberti and NYC Councilman James Gennaro

    Ira Zucker, Billii Roberti and NYC Councilman James Gennaro

    Billii Roberti

    Billii Roberti testifying at a NYC Council Committee Hearing

Town of Huntington Board Meetings

Articles, Blogs & White Papers

Events

  • Seminar at Farmingdale State College Renewable Energy & Sustainability Center: “Geothermal Heat Pumps—How to Heat Without Fire” on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 6 p.m. Register at http://www.farmingdale.edu/academics/centers-institutes/resc/seminars.shtml.
  • Presentation at the LI Sierra Club Renewable Energy Meeting: “What You Can Personally Do About Air Pollution” on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Seminar at Farmingdale State College Renewable Energy & Sustainability Center: “Geothermal 101 & 201″ on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. This was  co-presented with Zach Fink of ZBF Geothermal.

Press Releases

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