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Carl D. Orio - CEO / Founder

Carl D. Orio


CEO / Founder
Chairman, Water Energy Distributors, Inc.
Certified IGSHPA Instructor, Certified Geothermal Designer


Mr. Orio started his involvement with geothermal heat pumps in 1974 as founder and President of WESCORP. There he manufactured approximately 2,000 geothermal heat pumps and distributed them throughout the northern US and Canada until 1981. Since that time he has been a geothermal heat pump systems designer, and has been involved in well over 10,000 geothermal heat pump installations, both commercial and residential. WESCORP has stayed in the family, under a new name and leadership, and has continued to be one of the largest ground source heat pump distributors in the Northeast.

He is a Certified GeoExchange Designer (Cert. # 28) and a Certified Geothermal Instructor (IGSPHA). He is a full member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and has been a past member of the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association's (IGSPHA) Advisory Broad, serving as chairman of several sub-committees. In addition to his service in various committees and organizations, Mr. Orio is a co-author of the New York City "Geothermal Heat Pump Manual" and has contributed to ASHRAE transactions and handbooks. On multiple occasions he has authored and nationally spoken at ASHRAE, IGSHPA, Association of Energy Engineers, National Geothermal Resources Council and National Ground Water Association conferences. Mr. Orio has also been a contributor to several nationally recognized software programs for geothermal and mechanical systems.

Mr. Orio has been a geothermal consultant for over 70 Power Utilities, the US Department of Energy, U S Park Service, NY City Dept. of Design & Construction as well as numerous engineering firms in the Northeastern United States and Canada. His geothermal consulting activities have included designs for closed loop, standing column well and open earth coupling applications as well as trouble shooting and teaching on the diverse subject. He is also active in analysis activities including economic and energy analysis in the application of geothermal heat pumps to industrial, educational and commercial buildings.

He is married, has six children, five of which work at Water Energy with him as well as two of his grandchildren. He currently resides in Atkinson, New Hampshire.

Holy Cross College
BS Physical Chemistry and Physics
University of Texas
MS Systems Engineering (US Army 1181 Program)
University of Massachusetts
Courses in Electronics
University of Fitchburg
Control Theory, Electronics, Chemistry (as instructor)
Harbridge House- Boston
Engineering & Manufacturing management
Harbridge House – Washington
Program Management (as instructor)
Other, various
Financial Management, Computer Design


Professional Societies and Associations

Member National Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium
Assigned as National Design Assistant, GeoMerit (marketing), & certified trainer
Full member ASHRAE 1992 - Present Director/Treasurer/Founder Northeast Heat Pump Association 1986 - 1998
Advisory Board International Ground Source Heat Pump Assn 1992 - 1996
Chairman Marketing & Ground Water Committees IGSPHA 1992 - 1996
Member Geothermal Heat Pump Advisory Group, NGWA Assn 1992 - 1995
Member Advisory Group ACCA Manual J and Loop Software 1989 -1999
Chairman National Groundwater Heat Pump Coalition, Wash DC 1981
Director IEEE Northeast Section, Chairman Energy Committee 1980 - 1982
Director/Founder Massachusetts Engineers Council 1971 - 1980
Member, ARI Ground Water Heat Pump Committee (ARI - 325) 1979 - 1981
Captain USMC 1956 - 1961


NATE-Recognized  ACCA  American Ground Water Trust ASHRAE       IGSHPA     CHCC  PHCC

     New England Geothermal Professional Association Energy Star       Charter Member  - GEO Exchange       National Ground Water Association       AHRI Certified     Association of Energy Engineers New England