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A GEO for All Seasons: Fall 2016 in “Battleground Ohio”


Support GEO & Help Us Advance Green Energy Across “Battleground Ohio”

While the Nation (and World) watched the daily news and polls on the Presidential Election in “Battleground State Fall 2016 GEO Mag COVEROhio” into early November, educational non-profit Green Energy Ohio (GEO) kept its focus on advancing forward clean energy from the sun, wind and efficiency.

GEO’s 16 years of professional credibility on green energy issues and technologies needs your support of our operation and activities as we organize a post-election and post-lame duck legislative session conference in Columbus with the theme Ohio’s Green Energy Future: New Leadership & New Strategies.  On Friday, November 18, 2016 at Hilton Columbus Downtown the conference attracted 80 attendees including 6 spnsors and 10 exhbitors.

We are tracking the policy proposal news reports as the clock runs down on whether state legislators will end the Renewable Portfolio Standard “freeze” in the 2014 law (SB 310) restoring the 2008 law (SB 221) or move to repeal the RPS or enact another legal framework.  Read the current Green Energy Ohio News Magazine Fall 2016 edition on-line.   GEO presented testimony in an Ohio Senate Committee on November 29th and testimony in an Ohio House Committee to restore the SB 221 RPS and reasonable wind farm property setbacks.

Ohio’s Green Energy Future Conference: New Leadership & New Strategies

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Friday, November 18, 2016   8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Hilton Columbus Downtown, 401 North High Street, 
Columbus, Ohio
Conference Partners: Hecate Energy & IGS Solar 
Megawatt Sponsors: American Renewable EnergyBricker & EcklerIntegrated Solar Ltd, EverPower Wind Holdings  Green Expo Trade Show  News Release

Presentations are now online!  Click on the speaker name below to download a pdf of their presentation.  Midwest Energy News Article

Ohio’s Green Energy Future Conference: New Leadership & New Strategies focused on opportunities and barriers for forward-looking policy and financial strategies to develop the state’s solar and wind energy market in 2017 and beyond.  The conference attracted 80 attendees representing 55 businesses (including 22 GEO Business Members) and 10 exhibitors on a warm November day.

Green Energy Ohio is bringing together 12 experts on pending legislation, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) cases and new clean energy industry strategies to interpret how the previous week’s unexpected election of a new President and the Ohio General Assembly year-end, lame-duck session will impact solar, wind, energy efficiency and related green technologies into 2017.   The event also included Continuing Legal Education (CLE), a trade show and a tour of the LEED Gold Columbus Hilton Downtown – the city’s greenest hotel.                  
                                                       Speaker Bios & Photos

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Presentations are now online!  Click on the speaker name below to download a pdf of their presentation.

8:30 am

Registration & Exhibits Open – George Bellows Ballroom A, B & C – Lower Level of Hotel

9:00 am

Welcome & Introduction to Ohio’s Green Energy Future Conference

Bill Spratley,
Executive Director, Green Energy Ohio (GEO), Columbus, Ohio

9:15 am

Ohio Legislative Update CLE

Alexandria Mock
Government Affairs Director, Government Edge, Columbus, Ohio
Steve Caminati
Senior Vice President, Melamed Communications, Columbus, Ohio
Trish Demeter
Managing Director of Energy Programs, Ohio Environmental Council, Columbus, Ohio

See “68 businesses urge state officials to get clean energy back on track in Ohio”
November 16, 2016 News Release by Steve Caminati and Dayna Baird-Payne in Conference Materials – Letter to Governor Kasich and legislative leaders – signed by 68 busineses including GEO and 22 GEO Business Members

10:15 am

Morning Networking Break

10:30 am

Ohio’s Green Energy Future

Bill Spratley,
Executive Director, Green Energy Ohio (GEO), Columbus, Ohio

11:00 am

The Power of Locally Owned Community Solar

David Dwyer
President, American Renewable Energy (ARE), Columbus, Ohio

11:30 am

“Our Solar” Community Solar Projects Across Ohio

John Witte
President, Integrated Solar LTD, Maumee, Ohio
Ben Wilson
Manager, Power Delivery Engineering, Buckeye Power, Columbus, Ohio

12:00 pm

Luncheon 

12:15 pm

Solar in Appalachia – Luncheon Keynote Speaker 

David Wilhelm
Partner & Chief Strategy Officer, Hecate Energy, Columbus, Ohio

1:00 pm

Networking Break & Tour of Hilton (LEED Gold Building)

1:30 pm

The Bright Future of Solar Energy

Patrick Smith
Vice President, IGS Solar, Dublin, Ohio

2:15 pm

Overview of PUCO Cases and Implications for Green Energy in Ohio

Dylan Borchers
Associate, Bricker & Eckler, Attorneys at Law, Columbus, Ohio

3:15 pm

Afternoon Networking Break

3:30 pm

Grounds for Optimism: Options for Empowering Ohio’s Energy Market

James O’Bryant
Principal, O’Bryant Public Strategies, Columbus, Ohio

October 19, 2016 Executive Summary and Fact Sheet of Grounds for Optimism Report in Conference Materials.

4:00 pm

Concluding Forum on Ohio’s Green Energy Future

LEEDCo Icebreaker Off-Shore Wind Update

Steven Dever
LEEDCo Board of Directors, Cuyahoga County Representative

Open Forum: As the 7th largest state, how can Ohio be a green energy leader?

Conference Speakers & Attendees

4:30 pm

 

Conference Adjourns

* These courses have been submitted to the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 2 total CLE hours instruction.


This business-to-business event was attended by solar, wind and energy efficiency developers, community organizers, electric utilities, financiers, renewable energy installers, and contractors along with manufacturers, retailers, professionals in law and engineering, government officials, educators, farmers and consumers who are part of small and large-scale green energy solutions across Ohio.  See Agenda & Speakers in GEO 2016 Conferences on
Policy April 7 & Big Solar August 25.

Bowling Green Conference: Building Big Solar Across Ohio

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GEO Bowling Green Conference
BUILDING BIG SOLAR ACROSS OHIO
Thursday, August 25, 2016 – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Stone Ridge Golf Club,Bowling Green, Ohio

AGENDA – Featuring 20 Expert Speakers – Presentations Now On-Line – 10 Trade Show Exhibits

CONFERENCE IN THE NEWS: BG Independent News (2), Cleveland Plain Dealer (2),  Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune (2)Toledo BladeBowling Green Sentinel-Tribune (1),  Cleveland Plain Dealer (1)Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune (1), Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune (2), BG Independent News (1), Washington Times, Youngstown Vindicator,  Ohio Farm Bureau Federation See articles chronologically at GEO in the News

Key solar energy developments across Ohio was discussed by 20 expert speakers on Thursday, August 25th at the Green Energy Ohio’s Building Big Solar Across Ohio Conference.   Afternoon Conferees in “stretch” photo below.
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“This was the most comprehensive look at solar energy across Ohio ever presented – showing the statewide extent of currently operating solar energy systems and the growing list of solar installs expected in coming years,” said Bill Spratley, GEO Executive Director.

Ohio Counties Solar MapsGEO’s new study of Ohio solar analyzed the state’s 25 largest solar arrays as of May 15, 2016 and presented the first-ever county-by-county survey of installed solar in an August 16th GEO News Release.

August 25th Conference topics included:
– A more in-depth look at Ohio’s 25 largest solar installations and installed solar in Ohio counties in recent GEO solar analysis;
– Ohio’s largest solar installation of 20 MW, now under construction at Bowling Green;
– The state’s first “Community Solar” projects by municipal and rural cooperative utilities; and,
– How large-scale solar battery storage and solar tracking systems are operating in Ohio.  August 10th GEO News Release  November 11th SE Ohio Solar Snapshot

GEO-summerCOVER (2)Read the 34th quarterly, full-color edition of the GEO News Magazine, Summer 2016 now on-line showcasing  Building Big Solar Across Ohio. This comprehensive review of current and future Ohio solar energy sites – big and small – also includes regional clean energy news.

“Very large and commercial size solar electric systems are rapidly rising up across Ohio,” said Bill Spratley, GEO Executive Director, “and Ohio’s first Community Solar Projects are moving forward.” “Bowling Green, AMP and Next Era are now constructing Ohio’s largest solar field (20 megawatts) near Bowling Green which will highlight this conference. Other large municipal power solar installations at Minster (4.3 megawatts) and Clyde, Ohio (3.6 megawatts) will be featured along with new solar deployment to Ohio’s county governments and rural electric co-operatives.”  August 1st GEO News Release

2016 Fall Green Energy Ohio Tour

 

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Saturday & Sunday, October 1
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GEO held a small Fall Tour in conjunction with with the American Solar Energy Society’s (ASES) National Solar Tour over the weekend of October 1 October 2.  GEO will continue to host a larger Spring Tour over the first weekend in June!  This FREE fall statewide event featured guided and open house tours in the Central and Northeast regions of the state and highlighted homes, businesses, and public places that are using green technologies such as solar, wind, biomass, green design, energy efficiency and more.  Each Tour was made possible through local volunteers that present their hands-on experiences with clean energy technologies to interested Tour visitors.

Tour Photos above from Licking County Guided Tour on October 1st along top row with photos from the October 2nd Spratley Residence Tour on bottom row:

See More Details on Tours in Central and Northeast Ohio.

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