Representative Tom Reed (R-NY) of New York’s 8th District, received the National Ground Water Association’s first-ever Industry Champion Award from CEO Kevin McCray, CAE, at a presentation in Washington, DC in March. The award was created to honor leaders helping groundwater professionals. It complements the Groundwater Protector Award, which recognizes people in government, industry and the private sector for their public service efforts in conjunction with groundwater conservation and protection. Reed is a former mayor and small-business owner as well as a champion for increasing energy independence and creating a competitive environment for all forms of energy. He has been a champion of the geothermal heat-pump industry, working to achieve parity among renewable energy technologies through his introduction of the Technologies for Energy Security Act. The bill aims to level the playing field for geothermal heat pumps by providing a tax credit for commercial and residential installation of the technology. Currently, only solar and wind receive a tax credit.


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