Daryl Stockburger, City of Bowling Municipal Utilities Director, received the GEO 2003 Pioneer of the Year Award at the statewide non-profit's 4th Annual Meeting on May 22, 2004 held at the Ohio State University in Columbus.
GEO Executive Director Bill Spratley (L) presents Daryl Stockburger (R) with GEO 2003 Pioneer of the Year Award
Recognizing Daryl Stockburger's leadership in installing Ohio's first commercial wind energy farm near Bowling Green and his ongoing commitment to supplying clean energy, GEO's highest annual award was presented by Bill Spratley, GEO Executive Director who said: "As one of only a few Ohioans who dared to dream of a place to show that "alternative energy" can become "conventional energy" for all Ohioans, Daryl's dream is now reality." Hundreds of citizens attended the dedication celebration for the AMP-Ohio/Green Mountain Energy Wind Farm on November 7, 2003. Now 2 more turbines will be installed by year's end.
Other GEO Annual Awards were to American Municipal Power - Ohio (AMP-Ohio), Non-Profit of the Year; First Solar (photovoltaics manufacturer in Perrysburg, Ohio), Business of the Year; Andy Boatright, Manager of the Westerville Electric Division, Public Official of the Year; and Sherry Hubbard, Volunteer of the Year from Central Ohio.
Daryl Stockburger - GEO 2003 Pioneer of the Year Award
Daryl Stockburger oversees not only one of the ten largest municipal electric systems in the State of Ohio at the City of Bowling Green, but Ohio's leading the green energy utility. His dedicated efforts now provide electricity from Ohio's first commercial wind turbines as part of the public power utility's service to a population of nearly 30,000 people.
As Director of Utilities for the City of Bowling Green, Ohio from September 1987 to the present, Daryl is responsible for the general management of the water, wastewater, and electric utilities serving the city and surrounding communities.
Daryl Stockburger represents the City of Bowling Green on the American Municipal Power-Ohio (AMP-Ohio) Board of Trustees. He has represented the City of Bowling Green on this Board for 16 years and currently serves as its Secretary and as the chairman of the Green Power Development Committee.
Daryl chairs of the Board of Participants for two renewable energy projects. They include Ohio Municipal Electric Generating Agency, Joint Venture Number Five (OMEGA JV-5) which operates the 42 megawatt Belleville Hydropower Facility on the Ohio River and Ohio Municipal Electric Generating Agency, Joint Venture Number Six (OMEGA JV-6) a 3.6 megawatt wind turbine facility known as the American Municipal Power/Green Mountain Energy Wind Farm at Bowling Green.
GEO and its predecessor SEED Ohio, partnered with Daryl Stockburger in 1999 to test wind resources in a soybean field near Bowling Green. Daryl joined GEO?s Wind Committee volunteers in the installation and take-down of the wind monitoring tower and relied on the volunteers' report that Bowling Green was a Class 3 or commercial-grade wind power site - an 'alternative' view of the previously held 'conventional' wisdom of Ohio wind power resources. Last year, GEO recognized the contribution of the GEO Wind Committee with the Pioneer of the Year Award as they were led by GEO volunteer and Board Member Fletcher Miller. Their work, as Daryl notes, saved BGMU and AMP-Ohio at least a year's worth of time and effort in testing wind.
Earlier Daryl and SEED Ohio surveyed local residents on preference for green power. The Bowling Green Municipal Utility offers one of the nation?s most successful green power programs in terms of the number of participants. Under Daryl's direction, BGMU also was instrumental in creating two solar schools in the city and is working with Bowling Green State University (BGSU) on a large solar project on campus. A tireless advocate of clean energy, Daryl has participated in a number of GEO events including hosting the first Ohio Wind Working Group meeting in Bowling Green (2003), the First (2001) and Second (2004) Ohio Wind Power Conference, Toledo Clean Energy Community Workshop (2004), Northwest Ohio Solar Tour (2003) and the newly developing Northwest Ohio GEO Committee (2004).
In 2004 Daryl has worked with GEO, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and a group of students at BGSU to seek sites near Bowling Green for more commercial wind turbines. Daryl Stockburger's pioneering spirit successfully harnessed commercial wind power in Ohio on the plains of Bowling Green. The full legacy of Daryl's leadership will become only more honored as Ohio adopts wind power in the years ahead. Green Energy Ohio's highest award for achievement, the 2004 Pioneer of the Year Award, recognizes Daryl Stockburger's lasting contribution to our state's clean energy future.