In this episode, anchor Brock Yordy talks to Donovan Gordon, director of clean heating and cooling for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Gordon makes a compelling case for more geothermal drillers — fast. The state has ambitious plans to install a million heat pumps by 2030. It’s Driller Newscast episode 29.

 “Drilling industry, what can we do to attract you?” Gordon asks. “What would make you come to New York because we want you here, we need you here and we see this as a great opportunity for you to make money.”

This episode covers:

  • How climate change affects drilling and the drilling industry
  • WOTUS, drought and other issues affecting the water industry
  • Demand for geothermal drillers and rigs
  • How the Inflation Reduction Act would affect the drilling industry
  • How “net zero” electrification efforts can benefit the drilling industry
  • New York’s Utility Thermal Energy Network and Jobs Act
  • Federal and state funding for heat pumps, geothermal

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