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2017 Activities: Policy Conference and GEO Tour

GEO’s 2nd Policy Conference
& 17th Annual Meeting Awards Reception
Annunciation Conference Center
555 N. High Street, Columbus, Ohio

May 4, 2017, Thursday, 8:30 am – 6:30 pm


Join Green Energy Ohio (GEO) for an all-day Policy Conference on key green energy policy issues on Thursday, May 4, 2017.  Employing GEO’s “hands-on” knowledge, technical credibility and “grass-roots” outreach provides an ideal platform for discussing key policy issues and solutions impacting clean energy across Ohio.  REGISTER EARLY-BIRD Before Wednesday, April 26th.   REGISTER HERE  
Conference Page     Sponsor/Exhibitor Opportunities   News Release   Solar PV Training

> Keynote Speaker Al Compaan:  “From Canals to Solar Cells: Ohio Connections”
> Hear & Meet 16 Expert Speakers & Great Networking at Green Expo Trade Show
> 17th GEO Annual Meeting Reception & GEO Annual Recognition Awards for 2016
> 1-Day Solar PV Training Workshop with Jay Warmke – details below

            May 4th AGENDA

8:30 am – Registration & Exhibits Open / 1-Day PV Training in Classroom

9:00 am – Welcome & Introduction
Bill Spratley, Executive Director, Green Energy Ohio, Columbus, Ohio

9:20 am – Ohio & Federal Green Energy Legislative Update
Trish Demeter, Managing Director of Energy Programs, Ohio Environmental Council, Columbus, Ohio

10:15 am – Morning Networking Break

10:30 am – Ohio Wind Energy Developments
Alexandria (Ali) Mock, Government Affairs Director, Government Edge, Columbus, Ohio
Dale Arnold, Director, Energy, Utility and Local Government Policy, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Columbus, Ohio
Christine Pirik, Of Counsel, Dickinson Wright, Columbus, Ohio

11:15 am – Hydroelectricity: Powering the Future of Ohio’s Municipal Electric Utilities
Erin Miller, Director of Energy Policy and Sustainability for American Municipal Power, Inc., Columbus, Ohio

11:35 am – Leading the Battery Energy Storage Market
Bill Merkel, Vice President, Nidec Industrial Solutions, Cleveland, Ohio

12:05 pm – Luncheon

12:15 pm – Luncheon Keynote: From Canals to Solar Cells: Ohio Connection
Keynote Speaker Al Compaan, President & CEO, Lucintech, Inc., Toledo, Ohio
Distinguished University of Toledo Professor Emeritus and Research Professor
Dept. of Physics & Astronomy and Wright Center for PV Innovation and Commercialization

1:15 pm – Networking Break

1:30 pm – PUCO & Federal Regulatory Actions Impacting Ohio Green EnergyPolicy
Miranda Leppla, Clean Energy Attorney, Ohio Environmental Council, Columbus, Ohio
Dylan Borchers, Associate, Bricker & Eckler, Attorneys at Law, Columbus, Ohio
Colleen Shutrump, Energy Resource Planning Advisor, Office of Consumer’s Counsel,
Columbus, Ohio

2:30 pm – Ohio Solar Energy Developments
Solar Energy Across Ohio in 2017
Bill Spratley, Executive Director, Green Energy Ohio, Columbus, Ohio
“Our Solar” Community Solar Projects
Ben Wilson, Manager, Power Delivery Engineering, Buckeye Power, Columbus,Ohio

3:15 pm – Afternoon Networking Break

3:30 pm – Ohio Community Actions on Green Energy: PACE, Co-ops, Aggregation
Chris Meyer, Account Executive, Energy Optimizers, USA
Sharon Pearson, Program Coordinator, The Oberlin Project
Mathew Roberts, Info & Outreach Director, Upgrade Ohio (Upgrade Athens County)
Luke Sulfridge, Director, OH-SUN Solar Co-ops

4:30 pm – Presentation of GEO 2016 Annual Recognition Awards (See bottom of page)

5:00 pm – Conference Adjourns to Reception

6:30 pm – Reception Concludes

Ohio legislation in early 2017 proposes to make the Ohio Renewable Portfolio Standard voluntary and was opposed by GEO and many others in Ohio GEO collage 2017 policyHouse Committee hearing on March 21st.  See GEO Testimony and testimony of others.  After GEO’s Energy Futures Conference held in November, 2016 in Columbus, Governor John Kasich vetoed legislation weakening the RPS.

Check out details of our first ever in-depth Policy Conference held last April in Columbus Ohio, and   And for the latest news on clean energy policy, go to  theGEO Policy Watch 2017” page.

May 4, 2017 Thursday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm  GEO 1-Day Solar Electric PV Workshop   
Annunciation Banquet and Conference Center, 555 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43215
During GEO Policy Conference – FeatuMay 4 2017 PV Training Coverring Solar Educator Jay Warmke
Basic But Comprehensive Overview of Solar Electric Photovoltaics
See More Details & Register Now as a GEO Member or Nonmember – Limited Seating


On-Line Now!

GEOCoverSpring2017Spring 2017 GEO News Magazine: Ohio Green Energy Policy: Key Issues for 2017

The Green Energy Ohio News Magazine features a 2017 Key Policy Issues Review for May 4th Ohio Green Energy Policy Conference in Columbus.  

Read GEO 17th Annual Report and Annual Awards along with statewide news articles in this edition about energy efficiency audits ; an early solar adopter; solar powered device charging; a new rural co-op community solar array; Ohio Solar Congress; Cincinnati green energy programs; Tesla Powerwalls in Ohio; municipal hydroelectric powers up; Ohio wind farm update; and, GEO’s Ohio Solar PV Census showing solar expanding to all 88 counties. 

Read this issue on-line as separate pdf articles  or read page by page here.  Join GEO and receive the quarterly magazine by mail.  Previous 34 editions on-line chronicle of Ohio’s green energy growth.

Copies of the Spring edition available at the May 4th GEO Policy Conference and 17th Annual Meeting Reception.

June 16, 17 & 18, 2017: Friday, Saturday, Sunday – Across Ohio
GEO Spring Tour – 15th Statewide Annual Showcase
2017 June GEO Tour Promo

This FREE statewide event features self-guided, guided or open house tours in each region of the state and highlights homes, businesses, and public places that are using green technologies such as solar, wind, biomass, green design, energy efficiency and more.

Details at 2017 GEO Tour.

Each Tour is made possible through hundreds of volunteers that present their hands-on experiences with clean energy technologies to thousands of Tour go-ers.  

See the previous GEO Tours since 2009.




GEO Seeks New Executive Director As Bill Spratley Announces Retirement

After over 16 years of outstanding and dedicated leadership and service, Bill Spratley recently announced his upcoming retirement from his position of Executive Director of the statewide, non-profit Green Energy Ohio.  After the 17th Annual Meeting to be on May 4, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio, he will retire on May 31, 2017.  During his tenure, Green Energy Ohio has received wide recognition in offering outstanding programs and publications in clean energy education, including the nation’s largest solar tour (GEO Tour) and informative programs and research on solar, wind, energy efficiency across Ohio.  Bill and the dedicated staff of GEO, together with its talented volunteers provide the non-profit’s outstanding work and we cannot thank Bill and this entire group enough for their commitment, vision and pursuit of excellence that have shaped Green Energy Ohio in so many positive ways.

A Green Energy Ohio Board-appointed Search Committee is leading the efforts to identify a qualified successor.  The Committee has developed a comprehensive job description outlining the detailed responsibilities of the Executive Director position.  This position involves managing all of the operations of the 501(C)(3) non-profit, including program and publication development, outreach programs, finances, membership and the administration of a four-person staff.   This announcement begins the formal process of identifying potential candidates.

An outline of key responsibilities of the Executive Director position, as well as our preferred qualifications are 0nline showing this full announcement and job description.

– Donald Scherer, Chair, GEO Board Search Committee



GEO Exhibit at Earthfest 2017

Thanks to the GEO Volunteers staffing GEO’s booth at Earthfest 2017 on Saturday, April 22, 10 am – 5 pm, at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds.  Earthfest is Ohio’s largest environmental education event and the longest running Earth Day celebration in the nation.

Celebrate Earth Day with activities including:Earthfest Flyer Pic

  • over 270 exhibitors in nine exhibit areas
  • dignitaries and speakers
  • awards for our eight county wide K-12 Art, Poetry & Essay Contest
  • workshops and teach-ins
  • pop-up streetscape with interactive tree canopy
  • free tree giveaways
  • Midwest Evolve electric vehicle ride & drives
  • biodiesel powered amusement park rides
  • urban farm animals
  • petting zoos
  • sheep dog herding demos
  • Jungle-Bob with his animal friends
  • pony rides
  • local food trucks
  • microbrewers and vintners
  • all day music on four stages
  • and much more..

Southwest Ohio Energy Audit & Assessment Program

In partnership with Green Energy Ohio and Ohio Interfaith Power & Light, Energy Optimizers, USA is excited to offer a special low cost – or even no cost* – comprehensive energy audit program to select Duke Energy customers in southern Ohio.  Read more in the Winter 2017 GEO News Magazine.

This just-announced Energy Audit Program provides ASHRAE Level 2 energy auditing services  completed by professional and certified energy, mechanical, and electrical engineers.  From this audit, the building owner will receive the appropriate information required to evaluate the potential energy conservation opportunities, including: utility analysis, facility benchmarking, facility  walk-through and data collection, environmental savings associated with energy conservation, financial analysis, and grant, rebate, and tax identification. Customers will also be informed of financing mechanisms and assistance in securing the desired approach. Depending on their needs, some financing options are: Commons Energy, Energy Savings Service Agreement, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), Ohio House Bill 264, Ohio House Bill 153, or bank financing, among others.

*Customers will receive an invoice for the cost of the energy audit, with 120 days noted as the payment due date. If an energy savings project is initiated within 120 days, the entire cost of the energy audit will be waived.

Click here for a Energy Audit Program flyer!
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