"Accelerating the Advanced Energy Supply Chain in Ohio" - Seminar Offers Tools and Resources for Ohio Companies
Marietta, Ohio - The Ohio Department of Development is helping to expand the advanced energy market regionally. On Thursday, November 20, from 1:00 p.m. to 5 p.m., Washington State Community College will host Ohio businesses, economic development professionals, and public officials at the sixth of 10 seminars focused on "Accelerating Ohio's Advanced Energy Supply Chain." The event will offer information on tools, resources, and financial assistance programs for manufacturers to supply the robust wind, solar, biomass, and efficiency industries. The seminar will be held at the Community Room at Washington State Community College, located at 710 Colegate Drive, in Marietta.
"Alternative energy solutions provide an opportunity for Ohio to capture the gains of the advanced energy supply chain," said Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher, who also serves as Director of the Ohio Department of Development. "By adapting our existing manufacturing base to accommodate for advanced energy components, Ohio will reinforce our current strengths in an array of industry sectors from information technology to logistics and distribution."
The events are part of the advanced energy component of Ohio's Jobs Stimulus Plan and will help our state meet the rising demand and cost of energy. The $150 million investment in advanced energy will nurture and attract firms that produce, deliver, and store energy, as well as those that contribute to the industry's supply chain by leveraging our existing manufacturing and distribution strengths. The initiative will support economic interests in areas such as solar manufacturing, advanced coal technologies, biofuels, and energy conservation and efficiency.
By 2025, Ohio is estimated to have more than 5,800 megawatts of new advanced energy capacity due to the landmark energy policy signed by Governor Ted Strickland on May 1, 2008. The Advanced Energy Portfolio Standard, an integral component of the energy law, requires investor-owned electric utilities to supply 25 percent of their retail sales from advanced energy sources with at least 12.5 percent from renewable energy. Annual benchmarks for renewable energy and energy efficiency will also be established beginning in 2009. These provisions will dramatically expand the market for these emerging industries.
November 25, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Kent State Tuscarawas, New Philadelphia
December 2, 8:30 a.m. to Noon, North Central State College, Shelby
December 4, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Endeavor Center, Piketon
December 16, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Mound Advanced Technology Center, Miamisburg
For registration and other information, please visit: http://development.ohio.gov/cdd/oee/RoadShowSchedule.htm
The seminars are free to the public and sponsored by the Ohio Department of Development and the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority.
The events have been organized in every region of the state to provide information on technical resources, grants, and incentives to help Ohio companies retool manufacturing capacities and retrain work forces to produce components for the advanced energy industries.
Working with our partners across business, state and local governments, academia, and the non-profit sector, the Ohio Department of Development works to attract, create, grow, and retain businesses through competitive incentives and targeted investments. Engaged every day in marketing, deal-making, innovating, investing, and collaborating, the Ohio Department of Development works at the speed of business to accelerate and support the teamwork that is absolutely necessary for success by providing financial, informational, and technical assistance to those making an investment in Ohio's future.
Source: Ohio Government
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