Ohio Freezes Renewable Energy Progress What's the Future of Ohio Clean Energy?

By Bill Spratley, Green Energy Ohio Executive Director

Ohio’s clean energy community suffered a double whammy when Ohio’s legislature and governor approved two bills in recent weeks.

SB 310 stops the next two years of the Ohio renewable portfolio standard, including a solar carve-out, with the possibility it will be resumed after a legislative study committee reviews costs and benefits.

HB 483 changes the property setbacks for twelve more Ohio wind farms. This affects more than $2 billion investment already approved for construction, probably forcing some wind companies to stop their projects.

The Ohio ASES Chapter Green Energy Ohio (GEO) is holding meetings around the state to discuss how citizens and the clean energy community will advance renewable energy and energy efficiency as the new laws take effect.

GEO also plans educational efforts on its large statewide tour as part of the ASES National Solar Tour on October 3,4 and 5, 2014.

Join Green Energy Ohio to hear from Mark R. Shanahan, Principal, New Morning Energy LLC to discuss the new policy direction for the State of Ohio after enactment of Senate Bill 310, as Ohio becomes the only state to halt its renewable portfolio standard (RPS) of 30 states with similar laws. Mark provides strategic advice on energy policy and clean energy technology deployment through New Morning Energy LLC. He served as Governor Strickland’s Energy Advisor. GEO’s Executive Director Bill Spratley will also present a summary of coming activities in Northeast Ohio, including the 5-Day Solar Electric PV Certification Training near Cleveland, July 21-15 and August 4-8 near Cincinnati. GEO is also looking for volunteers for the GEO exhibit at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus on July 23-August 4 and planning the GEO Fall Tour on October 3,4 & 5.

GEO Central Ohio Clean Energy Networking Meeting
Thursday, June 19, 2014 8-10am Open to Public
Columbus Electrical Trades Center (Center Photo below on GEO EV Tour)
947 Goodale Blvd., Columbus, Ohio 43212
RSVP on Eventbrite http://www.eventbrite.com/e/whats-the-future-of-ohio-clean-energy-after-sb-310-geo-networking-meeting-tickets-11938966771

GEO Southwest Ohio Clean Energy Networking Meeting
Thursday, June 19, 2014 7-9pm Open to Public
Sinclair Community College
444 W 3rd St., Room 001, Building #1, Dayton, Ohio 45402
RSVP on Eventbrite http://www.eventbrite.com/e/whats-the-future-of-ohio-clean-energy-after-sb-310-geo-sw-ohio-cen-mtg-tickets-11939063059

GEO Southwest Ohio Clean Energy Network Meeting
Thursday, June 26, 2014 7-9pm Open to Public
Melink Corporation
5140 River Valley Road, Milford, Ohio 45150
RSVP on Eventbrite http://www.eventbrite.com/e/geo-sw-oh-clean-energy-network-meeting-tickets-11915675105?aff=eorg

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