John Ciovacco Featured Speaker at December 16th Meeting

Geothermal District Systems as Alternative to Fossil Fuels

John Ciovacco, the president of Aztech Geothermal, LLC, will discuss geothermal district systems, one of the newest trends in the electrification of commercial buildings, at our upcoming quarterly meeting on Wednesday, December 16 at 4:30 pm.

To meet the carbon reduction goals by 2050 in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), NYS buildings will need to utilize electric heat pumps for space heating and hot water. One alternative is to mimic aspects of our electric, natural gas, municipal water, or even sewer networks with a district geothermal system. Buildings connected to the geothermal district would access or reject thermal energy using water-source heat pumps, which have the potential for lower costs and achieve greater overall efficiency for connected buildings.

This new approach has clearly caught the attention of NYSERDA. In September its Office of Clean Heating and Cooling announced a multi-project competitive solicitation to encourage "community" geothermal projects.

In this program we'll discuss how geothermal systems can support large-scale building electrification. We'll highlight the opportunities for adopting this clean energy technology solution as well as the barriers. Join in the very active dialogue across a wide range of stakeholders on the viability and future of district geothermal systems!

John chairs the educational sessions at NY-GEO's annual heat pump conference, which is widely regarded as the largest and most comprehensive in the nation. He has been a registered party to seven public utility rate cases representing NY-GEO as a board member. Recently he was appointed to the NYS Department of Public Service's Strategic Advisory Group for Building Electrification to help guide policy and regulations needed to meet energy and climate goals for the state. 

John is an IGSHPA Accredited Geothermal Installer, a Building Performance Institute (BPI) Certified Contractor, and a Certified Green Professional with the NAHB. He received is B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Union College.

When: Wednesday, December 16, 4:30 to 6 pm

Where: Zoom Webinar - contact Peter Bardaglio, executive director of the Ithaca 2030 District, at for registration details.

John Ciovacco