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2017 Activities: Southwest Ohio & Policy Conferences and GEO Tour

Green Energy Ohio (GEO) will conduct three major educational events in the first half of 2017:
March 29, 2017:
GEO Southwest Clean Energy Forum at Great Wolf Lodge, Mason, Ohio
May 4, 2017:
GEO’s 2nd Policy Conference at Annunciation Banquet & Conference Center, Downtown Columbus
 (See 1st Policy Conference)
June 16, 17 & 18, 2017:
GEO Spring Tour – 15th Statewide Annual Showcase
Join GEO at these events.  More details coming soon!
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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                                                                                        

GEO Applauds Governor John Kasich for His Veto of HB 554!

Governor Kasich’s Leadership Ends 2016 on a High Note for Ohio Green Energy!
“How can Ohio be a green energy leader? GEO asked in testimony twice before the Ohio General Assembly’s “Lame Duck” session at, and the answer came December 27th with “Public Interest” leadership by Governor John Kasich as he vetoed HB 554 – an action requested by GEO and many clean energy business, civic and environmental organizations,” said Bill Spratley, GEO Executive Director.   See Governor’s Veto Message on HB 554 .

 Kasich Ohio collageNews coverage of the Governor’s Veto and Legislative Activities leading up to the veto appear on GEO’s Columbus Conference web page (at bottom).

Following passage of Substitute House Bill 554 by the several week-long, lame duck session of the Ohio General Assembly on December 8, 2016, the following letter was sent after Green Energy Ohio Executive Director Bill Spratley gave opponent testimony on the bill in Committees of the Ohio Senate (November 29, 2016) and Ohio House of Representatives (November 30, 2016).   See GEO Letter below Requesting Veto also as a pdf

See news articles on the legislative debate and related stories at bottom of GEO Columbus Conference web page.

December 9, 2016

                                                                    Re: Request to Veto Sub. H.B. 554
The Honorable John Kasich
Office of the Governor
77 South High Street, 30th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Dear Governor Kasich:
On behalf of our statewide, educational non-profit, Green Energy Ohio (GEO), I respectfully ask you to veto Sub. House Bill 554.   This measure will continue to hamper our state’s progress to deploy renewable energy and energy efficiency to create jobs, reduce the carbon levels and improve the quality of life for all Ohioans.  We join many others in the clean energy industry who know this legislation will create business uncertainty with unenforceable “goals” and unclear market signals that will discourage investment.

Based on your public statements about potentially vetoing a legislative action that does not move Ohio forward on clean energy development, as Governor, your leadership in this matter represents the best hope to advance Ohio green energy for millions of Ohioans as well as the nearly 400 GEO members including our 72 clean energy business members.

Our GEO members know a lot about Ohio’s growing solar, wind and related clean energy developments because their homes, businesses and public places have made it a reality.  We recall how little investment was made in these technologies before enactment of SB 221 in May, 2008.  During the past 13 years, GEO tours of homes, farms, businesses, schools and community places have showcased over 900 sites in 66 counties.  Our tours reflect the manufacturing, construction, distribution, retail businesses and trained workers who deploy green energy every day and who have voiced opposition to H.B. 554.  GEO has documented these success stories in 36 editions of our quarterly magazine since 2008.

One-Day Solar Overview Course – Dayton (Sept 14th)

Join Green Energy Ohio for this coming educational events in GEO Connections:

GEO 1-DAY SOLAR ELECTRIC PV WORKSHOP Sept 14, 2016 (8 am – 5 pm) 2015 PV Training collage
University of Dayton, Kettering Labs, Room 205, Dayton, OH
Featuring Solar Educator Jay Warmke
Basic But Comprehensive Overview of Solar Electric Photovoltaics
See More Details & REGISTER NOW:
– GEO Member Workshop Registration $100 registration fee (includes lunch)
– Non Member Workshop Registration $120 registration fee (join GEO today and save $20 on this workshop)

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