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On June 2nd, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) hosted a webinar that focused on the unique benefits of ground source heat pump (geoexchange) systems to meeting Canada’s energy efficiency and carbon emission reduction plans. The webinar was delivered by OGA President Stan Reitsma (GeoSource) and Vice President Jeff Hunter (GPA), Bob Wyman, a New York based consultant and advocate, and Martin Luymes, HRAI VP of Government and Stakeholder Relations.  In attendance were roughly 40 senior staff from NRCan’s Office of Energy Efficiency, CanMet ENERGY, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Treasury Board Secretariat, Infrastructure Canada and the Privy Council Office.

The purpose of the webinar was to educate key policy and program developers at the federal level about advances in geothermal technology, and to help overcome some longstanding myths and misconceptions that have informed policy decisions to date.  Of special interest to the group were the “beneficial electrification” benefits of widespread adoption of GSHP systems, specifically the reduction in peak electricity demand that would typically arise on the coldest “design temperature” days if relying on more conventional forms of electric heating.  The discussion opened up some further discussions about follow-up research on these questions.

For more information, contact Martin Luymes at 416-453-5899 or email mluymes@hrai.ca.