Department of Energy & National Resource Council


Lew Pratsch of the U.S. Department of Energy sums up his department's position on Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHPs). He says, "Geothermal heat pumps are for real. The product is efficient in rain, shine, sleet or snow; the product is endorsed by the EPA... and most importantly, GSHPs have one of the best life-cycle costs of HVAC systems sold today. "

Reporting on a survey of customer satisfaction with their heating systems, Mr. Pratsch pointed out that geothermal heat pump users had the highest satisfaction of all users surveyed, with a rating of 89 percent.

The Department of Energy is also a supporter of the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA), and helps sponsor much of its research, and many workshops, and technical meetings.

In addition, D.O.E. is a major participant in the Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium. This group was established to unite all sectors of the Ground-source Heat Pump community, and promote expanded and accelerated market penetration of this renewable energy technology. The Consortium is explicitly chartered to undertake research and development, engineering, marketing, promotional, and educational activities designed to support its overall goals.

The centerpiece of these goals is the implementation of the National Earth Comfort Program - a collaborative effort between the Geothermal Heat Pump industry, the U.S. Enviromental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy.