Planning underway NOW for 2013 IL Geothermal Conference

 Planning for the 2013 Illinois Geothermal Conference is underway right now. If you haven’t marked your calendar, do it now! March 12-14,2013 are the dates. The Gateway Convention Center in Collinsville, IL, is the location.

Four planning committees are working on the training tracks for next year’s conference. If you’re interested in helping organize next year’s conference training lineup, please let us know. You won’t have to attend any in-person meetings … the committee will meet by phone conference and the internet.

Contractor/installer training track: Co-chairmen are Chris Smith, Enertech, and Jeff Hurst, Connor Co./ClimateMaster.

Engineer/architect training track: Co-chairmen are Matt Slager, Hanson Professional Services, and Dave Buss, Water Furnace.

Driller/loop installer training track: Co-chairmen are Dan Crowe, The Hole Deal, and Ryan Kerry, Great Lakes Geothermal

Electric utility training track: Co-chairmen are Gary Hurley, Springfield City Water Light and Power, and Bob Dickey, Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative.

If you are interested in being a part of the conference planning, contact any of these board members and committee chairs directly … or contact GAOI Executive Director John Freitag at, or call 217-971-3533.


Ameren Act On Energy adds $600 residential geo incentive

Customers of Ameren Illinois are now eligible for a $600 incentive for installing a geothermal system, no matter what type of heating/cooling system the geo is replacing. The incentive is available through participating Act on Energy contractors for Ameren Illinois consumers installing a new geothermal system.

Congratulations to Ameren and Act on Energy leaders for their efforts to promote the most efficient heating/cooling technology available today! 


GAOI and co-ops sponsoring BPI training

The Geothermal Alliance of Illinois and the Assn. of Illinois Electric Co-ops are teaming up to sponsor Building Performance Institute training in the coming weeks. GAOI member and BPI guru Brian Kumer of Thermal Imaging Services will teach the BPI training, which will be held in Bloomington on September 24-26 and October 8-10. Participants will be eligible to take the BPI Building Analyst and Building Envelope exams following the training.

The GAOI and AIEC have combined incentives totalling $1,300 towards this round of BPI training. An earlier round of training was held this summer. For more information on the BPI training, contact GAOI Executive Director John Freitag at


Geothermal project finished before school started

(from the Rantoul Press newspaper)

By Matt Daniels

The first day of classes at Rantoul Township High School were Aug. 21.

Making sure the building was prepared and ready with a long list of summer projects completed by then was a sticking point for RTHS Superintendent Scott Amerio. The largest project involved the new geothermal heating and cooling system.

The new system will ensure that the east wing of the building, where a large majority of classes are held, has air conditioning and heating.

“It’s kind of right down to the wire,” Amerio told the RTHS board at its Aug. 13 meeting, “and there may be a few odds and ends they tweak, but for the most part, everything’s going to be done.”

Amerio said the contractors assured him the geothermal project would be complete by the time school started. On Thursday, Amerio said all the units in the classrooms are working, and were installed Aug. 15. The only part of the project left to be completed is some of the control units are being programmed and training has not taken place on that. Amerio said he anticipates training to take place this week.

“The hallways are cool,” Amerio said. “The positive impact this has for the students and staff is, to me, almost immeasurable. It is nice to walk into a classroom and have it be cool. I walked up there (Thursday), and I didn’t see kids sweating. They can just relax and concentrate on what they’re supposed to be doing.”

Each classroom has a thermostat unit, but the controls for the geothermal system are on a web-based program. Amerio said he and Tony Worthington, the district’s new director of maintenance and transportation, can control the system.

“We got Tony a laptop so let’s say if there’s an issue with a unit in one of the classrooms, he can take his laptop up there, get on the web and access the controls to see what the controls are saying,” Amerio said.

Amerio informed the board all the geothermal units on the third floor were on and working well.

“I went up there when they were testing some of them, and they do a really good job of cooling everything down,” he said. “They’re really, really quiet, too. I walked by one machine and had to put my ear up next to it to make sure it was on.”


Save the date today!

3rd annual Illinois Geothermal Conference

Gateway Center, Collinsville, IL

March 12-13, 2013


 Geothermal experts from across the country will lead two days of seminars/training for geo dealers/contractors, loop installers and utility representatives

  • Excellent networking opportunities

  • Newest geothermal technology techniques

  • GAOI accreditation exam on-site

  • To become a Member visit the GAOI website and click “Become a Member.”


Registration will be available on-line starting December 1, 2012 at

Location: Gateway Center, 1 Gateway Drive, Collinsville, IL

Hotel Accommodations: Housing blocks will be established at several local hotels and will be available for reservations soon.

For more information, please contact John Freitag at (217-241-7973) or (217-971-3533).