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2017 Activities: Southwest Ohio & Policy Conferences and GEO Tour

JOIN Green Energy Ohio (GEO) at our four major educational events in the first half of 2017:

March 29, 2017: Wednesday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
GEO Southwest Clean Energy Forum at Great Wolf Lodge, Mason, Ohio
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Save on energy costs and lower your carbon footprint! Join Green Energy Ohio (GEO) to learn from 17 expert speakers in this all-day event on energy efficiency and solar photovoltaic (PV) energy.  You can attend the entire Forum or the Morning and Afternoon Conferences separately.
AGENDA & Sponsors, Exhibitors  News Release  REGISTER HERE (1/2 day and full day registrations available!)  For More Information, Contact Green Energy Ohio at 614.985.6131 or forum@greenenergyohio.org
Melink_Steve_Cas_printLuncheon Keynote Speaker: Steve Melink,
Chief Executive Officer, Melink Corporation

Author of CEO Power & Light – Transcendent Leadership for a Sustainable World
Keynote: The Clean Energy Revolution is Here!
Some wait for government to solve big problems like climate change and seize big opportunities like long term economic growth. But successful business leaders are stepping up like never before to fill the vacuum and create a better world for our children and future generations.  How?  By embracing clean energy as a strategic opportunity and the way of the future.  Why?  Because it’s the right thing to do and nothing Winter 2017 GEO News Magazine Coverenhances a company’s brand and reputation in the marketplace like integrity for all. This allows them to attract and retain the best talent and grow their top and bottom lines – while serving as upstanding citizens and improving our economy, security, and environment.  Come learn about the business case for clean energy and transcendent leadership.

GEO News Magazine Winter 2017  is now available on-line featuring a statewide Ohio Guide to Energy Efficiency  summarizing incentives available for energy efficiency improvements and the release of the Southwest Ohio Energy Audit & Assessment Program.  Regional news across Ohio, coming GEO events, GEO Corporate Directory and more and in hard copy at the March 29th Southwest Ohio Clean Energy Forum at Great Wolf Lodge.  See the previous 33 editions of the full color, quarterly GEO News Magazines on-line also.

May 4, 2017 Thursday, 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
GEO’s 2nd Policy Conference at Annunciation Banquet & Conference Center, Columbus

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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.

Ohio legislation in early 2017 proposes to make the Ohio Renewable Portfolio Standard voluntary and was opposed by GEO and many others in Ohio House 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  the “GEO 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

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

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

 

 

Southwest Ohio Energy Audit & Assessment Program

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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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Happy New Year! Join GEO to Grow A Greener Ohio Together in 2017!

In 2017 GEO is excited to begin it’s 17th year of professional credibility on green energy issues and technologies across the Buckeye State.   Although solar and wind power become more affordable every day, we need your support to overcome expected obstacles to growing Ohio’s green energy industry.  Keep updated on key actions at GEO Policy Watch 2017.

2016 Magazine collageJoin GEO as an Individual or Business Member including the quarterly, full-color GEO News Magazine and discounts on statewide events in 2017.   Join now on this web site.  Read the current Green Energy Ohio News Magazine Fall 2016 on-line – 2016 edition Covers to left.

We are proud to have organized 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 sponsors and 10 exhibitors.   

As 2016 ended after the Election GEO tracked the policy news reports as state legislators attempted to make the Ohio Renewable Portfolio Standard 2016 GEO in the News collage“voluntary.”  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.  

On December 9th GEO asked Governor Kasich to Veto HB 554 making Ohio’s clean energy standards voluntary.   Fortunately, Governor Kasich vetoed HB 554 on December 27, 2016 allowing the 2008 law (SB 221) with renewable energy and energy efficiency standards to go back into effect after a 2014-16 “freeze.”

The Green Energy Ohio (GEO) nonprofit organization Mission is dedicated to promoting environmentally and economically sustainable energy policies and practices in Ohio.   GEO is the Ohio Chapter of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES). 

Read about our successful GEO’s 2016 educational activities – in new articles with photos above.  

We are now planning informative and timely 2017 events to be announced soon.  Check out clean energy news on GEO Facebook and GEO Twitter for daily updates.

Happy New Year and Join GEO to Grow A Greener Ohio Together  in 2017!

– Bill Spratley, Executive Director, Green Energy Ohio