GEO 2017 Policy Conference

2017 Ohio Green Energy Policy Conference & GEO 17th Annual Meeting & Awards Reception

Thursday, May 4, 2017
Conference & Reception: 8:30am – 6:30pm  Solar PV Training: 8:00am – 4:30pm
Annunciation Banquet and Conference Center
Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 555 N. High St,
Columbus, Ohio 43215

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REGISTER HERE – EARLY BIRD Registration Discount Ends Friday, April 28    


> Keynote Speaker Al Compaan:  “From Canals to Solar Cells: Ohio Connections”
> Hear & Meet Expert Speakers with 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

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 now for the speakers program, green energy trade expo, luncheon or the solar PV training session below.  See 2016 GEO Awards to be presented at the Reception below.  Read the latest news on clean energy policy, go to  the GEO Policy Watch 2017 page.

Luncheon Keynote:  “From Canals to Solar Cells: Ohio Connections”AlC-headshot2013
Keynote Speaker Dr. Alvin Compaan will highlight the development of the U.S.’s transportation and electricity infrastructure including canals, railroads, interstate highways, and our REA networks. Critically important to these developments were the financing methods as well as the energy resources that powered these networks. As these various infrastructures were built out, new modes of providing the energy to power these systems were essential and the U.S. transitioned from wood to coal to liquid fuels, to nuclear, and finally to renewables. Central to most of these energy transitions was the role of public financing. Al will compare the amount of public financing involved in past transitions with that of the current transition to sustainable energy.

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                                                         

               May 4th AGENDA                

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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 Conf collage
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

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WHO SHOULD ATTEND  Community Leaders,  Clean Energy Professionals, Policy Makers, Business Owner,s Media, Consumers, Educators & Students

Check out details of our first ever in-depth Policy Conference held last April in Columbus 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.

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GEO 1-Day Solar Electric PV Workshop   May 4, 2017 Thursday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm  
Annunciation Banquet and Conference Center, 555 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43215During GEO Policy Conference – Featuring Solar Educator Jay Warmke
Basic But Comprehensive Overview of Solar Electric Photovoltaics

See More Details & Register Now as a GEO Member or Non-Member – Limited Seating

Training attendees will have access to the Policy Conference Networking Breaks, Luncheon and Reception

The GEO 17th Annual Meeting and GEO Annual Awards will be held from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the Awards Reception following the May 4th GEO Policy Conference. Special guests will receive the “GEOs” – the Annual Awards of Green Energy Ohio which recognize 2016 outstanding contributions made by individuals, organizations and businesses in 2016 to advance Ohio renewable energy. GEO Awards will be presented to:

GEO Pioneer of the Year 2016 AwardDonald Scherer, Professor Emeritus, Bowling Green State University

GEO Public Official of the Year 2016 Award: John Kasich, Governor of OhioGEO & Logo - Color

GEO Business of the Year 2016 Award: Amazon, Internet-Based Retailer

GEO Nonprofit Group of the Year 2016 Award: Buckeye Power, Ohio’s Rural Electric Cooperatives

GEO Volunteer of Year 2016 Award: Sharon Pearson, The Oberlin Project

GEO Special Award for Green Energy Excellence in News ReportingJohn Funk, Cleveland Plain Dealer

GEO Ohio Clean Energy Community of the Year 2016 AwardAthens County (Presented November 10, 2016 in Nelsonville, Ohio)