Advancing Ohio Green Energy – May 2, 2015

Advancing Ohio Green Energy

Saturday, May 2, 2015   10:00 am-9:00 pm
Fawcett Event Center
400 Olentangy River Road
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43201
Directions & Map

Megawatt Sponsor: Hecate Energy

Green Star Sponsors: Energy Optimizers, USA   Solar Power & Light  SolarVision
Exhibitors: A Better Focus Co.  Third Sun Solar


Championing sustainable environmental and economic policies the past 15 years, Advancing Ohio Green Energy presented by Green Energy Ohio (GEO) featured a 15th Anniversary Banquet Dinner, Expert Speakers Conference Workshops, Green Expo Trade Show, Spring Tour & 4th Annual EV Tour del Sol Cruise-In.  See the 2014 GEO Annual Report for the statewide, non-profit’s 15th Annual Meeting.  Supporting Partners for Event: Clean Fuels Ohio & Ohio Interfaith Power & Light.

GEO Over 15 Years – Photo Slide Show at 15th Anniversary, May 2, 2015

SATURDAY’S AGENDA  – Event Program

Click on the speaker’s name below to download a pdf of their presentation.

10:00-12:00 pm GEO 2015 Spring Tour at Ohio State University

  • 4th Annual GEO Electric Vehicle (EV) Tour del Sol Cruise-In to OSU CAR (Center for Automotive Research)
  • enCORE House, the OSU Solar Home at Nationwide-Ohio Farm Bureau 4H Center
    Tour starts at 10:00 am in Fawcett Center Parking Lot for GEO Event Registrants.

12:00 – 1:00 pm Electric Vehicle (EV) Showcase and Ride and Drive; part of the 4th Annual GEO EV Tour del Sol  FREE EVENT

12:30 pm – Workshop/Reception & All Day Registration Opens at Fawcett Event Center

1:00 – 7:00 pm Green Expo Trade Show
                            in the Fawcett Center Main Lobby

1:00 – 5:30 pm Advancing Ohio Green Energy Conference Workshops 
at the Fawcett Center Clinton Room

1:00 – 2:00 pm – What Does Energy Efficiency Look Like?

Moderator: Chris Meyer, Director of PACE Projects, Energy Optimizers, USA ,Tipp City, Ohio, Member, GEO Board of Directors

Ohio businesses present practical advice to consumers and business on how energy efficiency measure work to save money include opportunities in PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) financing and emerging energy efficient lighting options.

What do we look for? 
Karen Claude, Energy Analyst, Energy Optimizers, USA,  Tipp City, Ohio
Graduate of Clean and Renewable Energy Masters Program from
University of Dayton and Wright State University
How do you pay for it?  PACE as a funding process
Josiah Huber, Director, DiPerna Economic Development Advisors, Columbus, Ohio
Light your world!  
Karen Uhl, Ohio Sales Specialist, DVG-LED, East Jordan, Michigan

2:00 – 3:00 pm – GEO Pioneers: Looking Back and to the Future

Moderator: Michelle Greenfield, CEO, Third Sun Solar, Athens, Ohio, Past President, GEO Board of Directors

Selected individuals receiving Green Energy Ohio’s highest annual award, Pioneer of the Year, will share their lessons learned in the Ohio clean energy marketplace and how we can all advance Ohio’s green energy toward a more sustainable energy economy.

Al Frasz, President, Dovetail Solar & Wind, Cleveland, Ohio, Member, GEO Board of Directors
Geoff Greenfield, President,  Third Sun Solar, Athens, Ohio
Greg Kuss, CEO, SolarVision LLC, Dublin, Ohio, Past President and Member, GEO Board of Directors
David Panich, Architect, Panich Architecture, Framingham, Massachusetts, Past Member, GEO Board of Directors, Chairman, Board of Directors, American Solar Energy Society (ASES)
Jay Warmke, Co-Owner, Blue Rock Station Sustainable Living Center, Philo, Ohio, Vice President, GEO Board of Directors
John Witte, President, Advanced Distributed Generation LLC, Maumee, Ohio, Past Member, GEO Board of Directors

3:00 – 3:45 pm – Do Your Homework While Investing in Renewable Energy

Presenter: Dale ArnoldDirector, Energy, Utility & Local Government Policy, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Columbus, Ohio, Secretary, GEO Board of Directors

Advances in technology have made renewable energy equipment, particularly for solar and wind, more practical than it was just five to 10 years ago. Farm, small business and residential energy consumers looking to invest in this technology need to think the same way as they would when purchasing a major piece of farm equipment or real estate.

3:45 – 4:00 pm – Break

4:00 – 5:00 pm – Issues in Large-Scale Solar & Wind

Moderator: Brent Boyd, Chief Operating Officer, Solar Power & Light, Miamisburg, Ohio, Member, GEO Board of Directors

The purpose of this discussion panel is to provide perspective to the audience on the end-to-end financial considerations of siting, funding and tax issues for a large solar array project.

Putting together the Structured Finance Package
Rudy Magasrevy, Vice President of Sales Development, Nextronex, Inc., Holland, Ohio

Managing the tax issues and ramifications of a large scale solar project
Kevin Moyer, Executive Director, Energy Efficiency & Alternative Energy, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority

5:00 – 5:30 pm – Mike Foley, Director, Cuyahoga County Department of Sustainability, Cleveland, Ohio

The Department of Sustainability for Cuyahoga County was just created in February 2015 and in April the County launched a program that would raise up to $120 million for energy efficiency building upgrades.  Before taking this position, Mike Foley was a State Representative from the 14th House District located in the west side of Cleveland for 8 years.  He was very active in energy and environmental matters for his entire tenure there.

5:30 – 7:00 pm  –  Networking Reception & The “GEO’s” 2014 Annual Recognition Awards Presentation

Cash Bar & hor d’oeuvres at Green Expo in Main Lobby with Award Presentation at 6:00 pm Clinton Room
Presentation of the “GEO’s” Annual Recognition Awardsfor 2014 – See Photos, Bio & Past Awards
GEO Board Dedicated Service Award Jim Gravelle, Hilliard, Ohio
Executive Director Award for Outstanding Staff ServiceEmily Sautter, Cincinnati, Ohio
Volunteer of the YearDick Radosevic, Canton, Ohio
Business of the Year KeyBank presented to Joe Paterniti, Vice President, Cleveland, Ohio
Motorcars Honda, Cleveland, Ohio
Public Official of the Year Kevin Moyer, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, Toledo, Ohio
Nonprofit Group of the Year The Westcott House Solar House, Springfield, Ohio
Clean Energy Community of the YearAnsonia Local Schools, Darke County
     Mississinawa Valley Schools, Darke County
Pioneer of the Year Award David Panich, Panich Architecture, Framingham, Massachusetts
John Witte, Advanced Distributed Generation, LLC, Maumee, Ohio

7:00 – 9:00 pm – GEO 15th Anniversary Banquet Dinner

Megawatt Sponsor: Hecate Energy

Dinner Entertainment – Inner Vision

Talented blind musicians, Sam Shepherd and Genene Blackwell from Westerville, Ohio perform popular songs as dinner is served.  Graduates of the Ohio State School for the Blind, music for Genene and Sam has been their passion since childhood.

Introductions & Green Energy Ohio Over 15 Years

Bill Spratley, Executive Director, Green Energy OhioStarting with small dedicated group of individuals from the Columbus and Cleveland areas in 2000, the small nonprofit Green Energy Ohio set out to clean up the sources of energy across Ohio.  We celebrate the works of many in GEO who have made Ohio a greener place 15 years later.  See GEO 2014 Annual Report.

Adventures in Solar: Ohio to Tanzania -Keynote Speaker

David Wilhelm, Partner & Chief Strategic Officer, Hecate EnergyDavid Wilhelm’s career has spanned the worlds of energy, finance, politics, academia, and public policy; in each, he has made a meaningful impact and has always been guided by the idea of doing what he can to help others fulfill their human potential.

David C. Wilhelm Bio
David Wilhelm’s career has spanned the worlds of energy, finance, politics, academia, and public policy; in each, he has made a meaningful impact and has always been guided by the idea of doing what he can to help others fulfill their human potential.

Today, as Partner and Chief Strategy Officer of Hecate Energy, Wilhelm is facilitating the company’s efforts to develop solar, wind, and gas projects in international markets such as Africa, Pakistan, and Jordan. Hecate Energy, founded in 2012, was recently awarded an assignment from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to develop 190MW of solar generation. Additionally, Hecate was named as one of the top nine companies to watch among America’s utility scale solar developers by Greentech Media. In Tanzania, Hecate and Wilhelm are developing the largest solar array ever to be installed on the grounds of a campus, at the University of Dodoma, linked to the creation of the continent’s first School of Renewable Energy.

Wilhelm is the founding Partner of Empower Gas & Electric, a Columbus-based energy services company designed to help communities capture the economic benefit of their spending on electricity through local generation projects and the deployment of energy efficiency strategies.

Wilhelm is also a founder of two regionally focused venture capital funds designed to bring investment dollars to underserved regions of the Midwest and Appalachia. He served as the co-chair of a statewide campaign to renew the Ohio Third Frontier, one of the nation’s model programs in support of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Prior to transitioning to the business world, Wilhelm’s career was focused on electoral politics. He managed the campaigns of persons such as William J. Clinton, Joseph R. Biden, Richard M. Daley, and the late Paul Simon. He was a leading national surrogate for the campaign of Barack Obama in 2008 and is a lifetime “superdelegate” to Democratic Party national conventions. In 1992, President Clinton named Wilhelm to serve as Chair of the Democratic National Committee, making Wilhelm the youngest person in American history to serve in that post.

In the world of non-profit organizations, Wilhelm is the Chair of the Midwest’s leading environmental and clean energy advocacy group, the Environmental Law and Policy Center. He is Co-Chair of the Strategic Partners Group of the Voinovich School Of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University and a co-founder of its new Center for Public and Social Innovation. Early in his career, Wilhelm was the executive director of one of the nation’s leading tax reform organizations, Citizens for Tax Justice, and was a co-author of studies that provided impetus for federal tax reform during President Reagan’s presidency.

Serving on the Green Energy Ohio Board of Trustees, 2010-2013 and Wilhelm was a featured speaker at GEO events discussing his proposed 50 megawatt Turning Point Solar Project in Southeast Ohio that was halted by a Public Utilities Commission of Ohio decision.

Wilhelm is a graduate of Ohio University and Harvard University; he has received honorary doctorate degrees from Ohio University, the University of Charleston, and Wheeling Jesuit University, and has taught at Harvard University, the University of Chicago, DePaul University, and the University of Akron. Wilhelm and his wife, Degee, reside in Bexley, Ohio, where they are now empty nesters, with both sons enrolled at Ohio State University.