This week, host Brock Yordy covers a lot of territory, from California’s zero-emissions vehicle plans to geothermal’s role in New York’s energy mix. Yordy gives us his thoughts after attending (and presenting at) the NY-GEO conference in New York. The Newscast has spoken a lot about geothermal and its prospects in states like New York, which has an aggressive decarbonization plan. With that in mind, attending NY-GEO was a no-brainer.

“It was conversations with owners, engineers, regulators and other drillers about how we can all work together and do better,” Yordy says.

He shares takeaways from those conversations.

“We have to inspire Gen Z. … We need to get everybody that thinks it’s amazing to save the planet and get to drill a hole and discover the unknown, and we need to get them on the back of the rig.”

This episode covers:

  • Reducing fall-related injuries
  • Fall protection: tie-offs, harnesses, fall-arrest systems and railings
  • California’s plans to cut truck emissions to zero
  • EPA efforts to address PFAS and other forever chemicals
  • Rising demand for geothermal in New York
  • The New York Geothermal Energy Organization (NY-GEO) 2023 conference
  • Growth prospects for geothermal and ground-source heat pumps
  • The need for more drillers in geothermal in New York and elsewhere
  • Geothermal’s role in decarbonizing U.S. energy sources

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