Geothermal Energy

Chris Bolt/WAER News / WAER FM

A geothermal heating and cooling system in an historic Fayetteville home is being used as a model to help expand the use of the technology.  The installation was honored by a state-wide organization, NY Geo, for its innovation and role in reducing climate change.


https://heatsmartcny.org/ / HeatSmart CNY

The bitter cold temperatures and the high utility bills that follow might have many Central New Yorkers wondering if there’s a more efficient, environmentally friendly way to heat their homes. 


Ford Hatchett / WAER News

Syracuse homeowners who might have entertained the idea of switching to geothermal heating and cooling now might have the motivation they need.  Heat Smart CNY has been awarded a half million dollars by the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority, or NYSERDA, to fund the program.  


nyserda.ny.gov / New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

Now that the cold weather has settled in, furnaces across Central New York have been humming to keep us warm.  But for most of us, that natural-gas fueled heat source creates 37 percent of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. 

Geothermal designer and expert Jay Egg says simple math shows the state can’t meet its goal of reducing emissions 50 percent by 2030 without moving away from fossil fuels.

In a talk at the Central New York Engineering Expo Monday, Egg assured the attendees that New York and most of the world are going geothermal, even if it’s not obvious.

Robert G. Ortt / NY State Senate

As the Trump Administration withdraws green energy policies, Governor Cuomo is investing $15 million to support geothermal installs.  Environmental groups across the state are feeling relieved.  Bill Nowak of NY Geo says many homeowners will benefit with $6,000  installation rebates.

“It was a great day for New York State," Nowak said. "Not just for the industry, but for homeowners across the state that are concerned about their energy bills and also concerned about the impact we’re having on the climate.”

Chris Bolt/WAER News

Syracuse Common Councilors lent their voices Tuesday to a push to make a renewable energy technology more affordable. Environmentalists are joining with elected officials to have the state take another step to reduce climate change.

Scott Willis / WAER News

In celebration of Earth Day, Central New Yorkers will have the chance on Saturday to visit more than 20 sites across Onondaga County to see how they’re using renewable energy.  We chose three of them and are starting with with a geothermal system underneath the pike block in downtown Syracuse.

President of IPD engineering Sam Cosamano walked through a series of doors to the mechanical room in the basement of the Witherell building.