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GEO in the News 2013

May 17, 2013

Tour will highlight solar, wind projects
Columbus Dispatch
Renewable energy advocates' tour this week of Ohio solar and wind installations is showcasing the kind of projects that might not have happened without a 2008 state law that might be on the chopping block. Green Energy Ohio, a nonprofit educational group, is organizing the tour and other events that begin today and conclude Saturday. “It shows the depth of the adoption of ‘green’ energy across the state of Ohio, especially here in central Ohio, by schools and cities and individuals,” said Bill Spratley, the group’s executive director.

May 14, 2013

City and schools win Green Energy Ohio awards 
This Week News
Dublin will be the star of the show at the upcoming Green Energy Ohio events. Along with hosting the GEO 13th annual meeting, workshop, green expo, EV activities and teacher workshop at Jerome High School Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18, the city and school district will walk away with awards.Dublin and Dublin City Schools won two of three GEO Ohio Clean Energy 2012 Community of Year awards. Cincinnati won the other honor. "This is all about local initiative and we think you've exhibited it," GEO Executive Director Bill Spratley told Dublin City Council members last week. "That's our way to recognize your effort."

May 8. 2013

Green Energy Ohio plans tours, workshops in Dublin

Dublin's green reputation will grow this weekend as Green Energy Ohio hosts two days of tours, meetings and workshops there. The two-day event May 17 and 18 at various Dublin locations will include Green Energy Ohio's statewide spring tour, reception, ...

March 31, 2013
The News Record - University of Cincinnati
The meeting was met with great response from citizens in attendance. Bill Spratley, executive director of the Green Energy Ohio News Magazine, concluded the meeting with a passionate speech strongly urging citizens to support the goal of a solar Cincinnati. “No war has ever been fought over solar power,” Spratley said. “Imagine having cars run on solar panels, that would be the solution to the oil crisis.”
March 10, 2013
OSU 87.9 NPR News
A new report out this week says Ohio contributed to the more than 110000 clean energy jobs created in the U.S. in 2012...Bill Spratley is the executive director of Green Energy Ohio, a non-profit that promotes renewable energy. Spratley says his group held a solar energy conference in Cleveland five years ago, and since then, he’s seen Ohio manufacturers step up. “We have machine shops all over the state that are making parts that go into wind turbines. We have solar factories up in the Toledo area. There’s a whole supply chain.” Spratley says all of those companies may not be reflected in E2’s figures.
March 6, 2012
....Bill Spratley, Executive Director of Green Energy Ohio, said the new solar energy systems will represent 10% of all solar installations within Ohio. Spratley also noted Walmart’s new solar investment in the state will cut 5,500 tons of carbon emissions, approximate to taking 1,152 cars off the road every year“  Walmart continues to forge new ground as the number one corporate solar user in America,” said Lydon Rive, CEO of SolarCity. “This project brings SolarCity to the state of Ohio for the first time, and is expected to increase the state’s overall solar generation capacity by more than ten percent.”  In 2011, Ohio had 31.6 megawatts (MW) of grid connected solar capacity, which was 22.5 times the capacity in 2008, when it was 1.4 MW.

March 5, 2012

SolarCity installs 4.7 MW of PV capacity for Walmart in Ohio
In total, the PV installations will generate an estimated 6 million kWh of electricity every year. Each PV array will supply around 5-20% of each store’s electricity needs.“Walmart's installation of solar on 12 store rooftops is the largest solar commitment ever made by a retail business in Ohio,” said Bill Spratley, Executive Director of Green Energy Ohio. “At more than four and a half megawatts, it represents almost a tenth of all the solar installed in Ohio currently.  It is exciting to see that Walmart's solar arrays will also eliminate 5,500 tons of CO2e or the equivalent of taking the emissions of 1,152 cars off the road each year.”
Retail giant Walmart has installed more than 4.7 megawatts of solar power generation capacity in their stores in Ohio....It’s estimated that the solar installations will eliminate 5,500 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent a year. According to Green Energy Ohio, the 12 installations represent the largest solar commitment ever made by a retail business in the state of Ohio.  “At more than four and a half megawatts, it represents almost a tenth of all the solar installed in Ohio currently, said Bill Spratley, Green Energy Ohio’s executive director.
March 4, 2013

Area Wal-Marts go solar
Dayton Daily News
Wal-Mart today will reveal a major project that it has quietly pursued throughout 2012 — the installation of solar power arrays atop a dozen Ohio stores, including nine in the Dayton-Cincinnati area....“Solar power makes sense for Wal-Mart, and it makes sense for Ohio,” said David Ozment, Wal-Mart senior director of energy. “We are committed to increasing the use of renewable energy resources, including solar panels, at our stores in Ohio and throughout the country.”  Bill Spratley, executive director of renewable energy advocate Green Energy Ohio in Columbus, praised the retail giant for leading the way.“Wal-Mart’s installation of solar on 12 store rooftops is the largest solar commitment ever made by a retail business in Ohio,” he said. “At more than four and a half megawatts, it represents almost a tenth of all the solar installed in Ohio currently. It is exciting to see that Wal-Mart’s solar arrays will also eliminate 5,500 tons of CO2 or the equivalent of taking the emissions of 1,152 cars off the road each year.”

January 26, 2013

Honda will put wind to work at one plant
Columbus Dispatch
The Russells Point plant, which employs about 1,150 people, makes transmissions for most of Honda's assembly plants in North America. Honda would be among five or so companies in the state to use wind power on this scale, said Bill Spratley, executive director of Green Energy Ohio, a renewable-energy advocacy group. The site is close to ideal, he said. "They are over there by the windiest part of the state," he said.  While Honda is not the first to plan such a project in Ohio, it is the first automaker and the first company that has a well-known brand name. Spratley said he hopes Honda's high profile will help encourage other companies to follow suit.
January 17, 2013
Cleveland Plain Dealer
FirstEnergy will be paying the Browns an average of about $6 million a year for at least 17 years for the right to have its name on Cleveland Browns Stadium....Former Ohio Consumers' Counsel Bill Spratley, now head of Green Energy Ohio, said he hopes FirstEnergy and the Browns will next consider "greening" the stadium. "The Cleveland Indians have been real league leaders," he said of the Tribe's decision to put a solar array and a wind turbine at Progressive Field. "I see this partnership as an opportunity for FirstEnergy to be associated with green energy. A solar array would look very nice down there. It's time for them to play ball," said Spratley.

January 12, 2013

PUCO chief blasts ‘green’ energy on Twitter
Columbus Dispatch
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio’s ruling this week against a solar-energy project may not have come as a surprise to anyone following Chairman Todd Snitchler’s Twitter account....Among more than 1,000 tweets from the past year, Snitchler did not once share anything positive about renewable energy. Instead, he tweeted about how “clean-energy aid racks up losses” and “the Himalayas and nearby peaks have lost no ice in past 10 years, study shows”; shared the conservative website Drudge Report’s “complete list of green energy failures” and conservative political commentator Laura Ingraham’s “windbag & greeniac update”; and re-tweeted “electric cars pose environmental threat,” “after Sandy no one lined up for wind turbines” and that the “??‘green’ religion is taking over from Christian religion.”...But longtime observers of the utilities commission say past chairmen were never so vociferous or openly partisan about their opinions.  “I would say they were a little more circumspect,” said William Spratley, who was state consumers’ counsel from when the office was formed in 1977 to 1993. He now runs Green Energy Ohio, a nonprofit group he founded 13 years ago that educates the public on solar and wind issues.

January 10, 2013

UU tower to monitor weather data
Urbana Daily Citizen
“It will collect temperature, humidity and wind profile data across that ... Green Energy Ohio, which received it from an Iberdrola wind farm based ...

January 3, 2013

Wind-industry tax credit renewed

Columbus Dispatch
The last-minute extension of a wind-energy tax credit is a boon to several large Ohio projects, but the timing has led to agony for the state’s wind industry.  Congress voted late Tuesday to extend tax credits for companies that start construction of wind farms in 2013, a provision that was tucked into the agreement that helped avert the so-called fiscal cliff.  Wind-energy advocates said they were relieved to see the credit renewed for an essential form of clean energy, but they were alarmed about how Congress chose to do it.  “For us, it’s been very frustrating, the stop-and-start policy on wind in this country,” said Bill Spratley, executive director of Green Energy Ohio, a renewable-energy advocacy group. 
Lawmakers Renew Wind Energy Tax Credit
WCMH NBC4 - Columbus
The Blue Creek Wind Farm in Van Wert and Paulding counties is Ohio’s largest with more than 150 wind turbines that produce 350 megawatts of power. The developer benefitted from a federal wind energy tax credit valued at about 2.2 cents per kilowatt-hour of energy. Bill Spratley, executive director of Green Energy Ohio says Blue Creek is a towering testament to the growth of wind energy in recent years.  "It was the biggest private investment in Ohio, $600 million in the year 2011 followed by auto plants and other factories, so these are enormous investments,” Spratley said....Some critics argue the government should not be spending so much money to underwrite the development of such pricey projects.Spratley says the subsidies are no different than those provided for oil, gas and nuclear energy development.  "All of these industries have government subsidies and, in isolation, wind gets picked out as a football and that's what's so frustrating,” Spratley said. ”We've got to keep moving forward. This is all about the future. This is about cleaning up the environment for our children and our grandchildren."