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Ohio Clean Energy Business Association (OCEBA)

April 2004
Economic Implications for Ohio of Non-Attainment
And Related Clean Air Issues
January 2004 OCEBA
Testimony & Presentation to
Ohio Biofuel & Renewable Energy Task Force

See November 2003 OCEBA Report (.pdf)

Creating Jobs & Clean Energy for Ohio


On Earth Day, April 22, 2003, ten Ohio firms engaged in the business of "clean energy" announced formation of the Ohio Clean Energy Business Association (OCEBA) with the mission of growing a diverse and sustaining energy economy that improves the quality of life for Ohio citizens.


Green Energy Ohio under a grant from the Ohio Department of Development, Office of Energy Efficiency (ODOD/OEE) brought together a "Roundtable" of the state's leading clean energy businesses that began November 20, 2002 in Dublin, Ohio  the day after 350 Ohioans gathered for the state's first ever Ohio Wind Power Conference. 


By April 22, 2003 at the ODOD/OEE's "On-Site Energy Options Seminar" in Columbus, Ohio the founding firms who established a formal business association, OCEBA, were introduced at the end of the seminar and hosted a

reception for attendees:


Advanced Distributed Generation, John Witte, Vice Pres., Maumee, Ohio;
Bio-Gas Technologies, James Hiendlmayr, Westlake, Ohio;
Dovetail Solar, Matthew Bennett, Glouster, Ohio;
Energy Conversion Devices, Nancy Bacon, Vice Pres., Rochester Hills, Michigan and its affiliate
Texaco Ovonic Battery Systems, LLC, Springboro, Ohio
First Solar, LLC, Chip Hambro, President, Perrysburg, Ohio;
Green Mountain Energy Co., Paul Markovich, Midwest President, Dublin, Ohio;
Technology Management Inc., Benson Lee, President, Cleveland, Ohio;
Third Sun Solar & Wind Power, Geoff Greenfield, Millfield, Ohio;
Universal Electric Power Corp., Ron Feltenberger, Vice Pres., Akron, Ohio,
Vanner, Inc., John Stahura, President, Hilliard, Ohio.


Clean Energy Findings & Recommendations for Ohio Policymakers.  OCEBA formulated a concise policy statement on how the Buckeye State can efficiently and economically stimulate renewable energy development.  Findings & Recommendations appear in an OCEBA Report Executive Summary. (pdf). This 9-page report details the formation and deliberations of OCEBA and its

primary policy support for:

        1)  State of Ohio procurement of electrical power from a minimum of 1% to 2% a year from renewable energy (solar, wind, biomass, low-impact hydro) to supply state facilities.

       2) Providing state grants for renewable energy and energy efficiency installations as well as low-interest loans from the State of Ohio's Energy Loan Fund.

        3)  Developing statewide, standardized rules for the interconnection of  distributed generation projects to the utility grid and emission standards for new distributed generation. 

        4) Creating a Renewable Energy Standard that is non-disruptive to the fuel mix currently providing energy for the State of Ohio.   See full 63-page report Creating Jobs & Clean Energy for Ohio issued by OCEBA September 17. 2003, revised November 2003.


Goals and Objectives of OCEBA are to:


Enhance Ohio's economic development by commercializing sustainable, clean energy

§   Create clean energy jobs

§   Position Ohio as a clean energy technology and manufacturing leader

§   Accelerate Ohio's clean energy export capability


Educate public and government decision-makers and improve the quality of life for Ohioans

§   Promote energy efficiency

§   Promote renewable and alternative energy

§   Define the value of renewables

§   Develop school curriculum on renewable energy and energy efficiency

§   Develop funding initiatives to achieve this goal


Propose concise policy changes that economically stimulate renewable energy growth

§   Encourage purchases of clean energy by the State of Ohio

§   Stimulate the state's System Benefit Charge to create clean energy grants

§   Remove barriers to interconnection of distributed generation to the electric grid

§   Propose a Renewable Energy Standard


Engage other Ohio businesses to form a clean energy economic agenda

§   Establish a trade association of Clean Energy Businesses in Ohio

§   Create a Directory of Ohio Clean Energy Business


Move toward energy independence essential to national security

§   Diversify Ohio's energy mix by increasing use of Ohio-made clean energy

§   Partner for the nation?s common interest in the environment and security


Learning Clean Energy Lessons for Ohio?s Future


As part of the move toward deregulating or ?restructuring? the electric industry, Ohio lags other states in providing substantial incentives to harness renewable energy. Sustainable, clean power is available each day from the sun, wind, biomass, and hydro sources using commercial equipment or services that are made or installed by Ohioans today ? not to mention promising new Ohio technologies such as fuel cells. 


No single group in Ohio knows the comparative advantage of the state better than its own clean energy businesses.  These Ohio firms manufacture or deliver clean energy to markets in all of the United States and around the globe. 


The Ohio Clean Energy Business Association represents almost all aspects of clean energy; manufacturers of solar electricity or photovoltaics, fuel cells, advanced batteries, power conversion electronics, low-impact hydroelectric systems, methane gas biomass plants, marketing of renewable energy as ?green power,? retail installers of small-scale renewable energy systems using solar and wind technologies and a maker of fuel cells and hydrogen storage.  


Expert Reports

Chaired by Vanner President John Stahura, OCEBA has heard from nationally-known clean energy expert Ryan Wiser from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  His extensive presentation on State Renewable Energy Policies: Experiences Gained, Lessons Learned, (.pdf) concluded that, ?Multiple approaches may be necessary to simultaneously spur both ?grid supply? and ?customer-sited? development. . . optimal mix will depend substantially on the context of any individual state.?  The Association pursued this policy advice in framing its findings and recommendations.


A second expert at the first Association meeting was John Moore, attorney for the Chicago-based Environmental Law & Policy Center of the Midwest (ELPC).  He provided the Association with a pre-release look at the findings from the Job Jolt - The Clean Energy Development Plan For The Heartland report.  This study on the job creation potential from renewable energy and energy efficiency focuses on Ohio and 9 other Midwest States (Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska).  This jobs report bears special study. 


See the OCEBA Report Executive Summary for more information about the member Ohio businesses and Ohio's Clean Energy future. 


See OCEBA poster (.pdf)