Renewable Energy Association Ceases Operation
The Earth Energy Society of Canada (formerly Canadian Earth Energy Association) was formed in 1989 to promote ground-source / geothermal heat pumps. It administered a $20 million program during the 1990s, as the industry installed 38,000 systems across the country.
Geothermal systems heat buildings by transferring absorbed solar energy from the ground; in summer, the process is reversed to provide space cooling. The technology currently provides the thermal equivalent of 600 million kWh a year in Canada, and displaces the emission of 250,000 tonne of GHG. A report by the David Suzuki Foundation estimates that installation of geothermal in a percentage of new homes in Ontario, would create 51,000 jobs and avoid combustion of 1 billion m3 of natural gas by 2020.
EESC has been forced to stop its promotional activities as a result of a law suit that alleges improper use of domains with ‘geo-exchange’ in the name. The claim in federal court says EESC, the Canadian Association for Renewable Energies and executive director Bill Eggertson (personally) violated the term ‘geoexchange,’ a U.S. trademark.
“We offered to transfer ownership of the domains to the plaintiff for free, if they had dropped the case before lawyers got involved,” says Eggertson. “They refused, and the legal fees have drained our reserves.”
Geothermal heat pumps will remain represented in the Green Heat Global partnership through the GeoCanada and EcoHeat initiatives, and C.A.R.E. will track the millions of dollars in federal spending for geothermal that is no longer directed to the domestic industry.
Earth Energy Society of Canada
telephone (613) 371-3372
EESC was formed to promote ground source (geothermal) heat pump technology in Canada.
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