U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu toured the world headquarters of WaterFurnace International during a visit to Fort Wayne, IN.
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu toured the world
headquarters of WaterFurnace International, a manufacturer of residential,
commercial, industrial and institutional geothermal and water source heat
pumps, during a visit to Fort Wayne, IN.
While there he announced a $50 million program that will encourage the
installation of geothermal heating and cooling systems. The $50 million is
intended to support three programs: one to fund competitive grants for
companies that manufacture geothermal heating and cooling systems; another will
provide grants to improve geothermal system technology; and a third will create
a national certification process to increase consumer confidence.
Secretary Chu visited the city to discuss federal recovery efforts for auto
communities and workers. He also participated in a roundtable discussion with
WaterFurnace executives, Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, a WaterFurnace employee
and a WaterFurnace dealer.