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Webinar to highlight energy efficiency measures at OHIO


The OHIO community is invited to participate in an energy efficiency webinar featuring a representative from Constellation, the company incorporating energy efficiency and water conservation measures into dozens of buildings on the Athens campus.

The webinar, "A Roadmap for Industrial Energy Efficiency in Ohio," is the third installment in a series of energy webinars presented by the Consortium for Energy, Economics and the Environment (CE3) at OHIO's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. The webinar will be held from noon to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 11. It is free and open to the public.

"Energy efficiency is a hot topic in Ohio right now. Consumers are seeing the value of investments in efficiency to reduce their long-term exposure to the fluctuations in the energy market," said Scott Miller, director of the Voinovich School's energy and environmental programs. "It makes good business sense for Ohio University – and so many other institutions across the state – to find the incentives available to them to reduce their energy use and costs. The project with Constellation will yield really positive results for the OHIO community."

Ohio Senate Bill 221, legislation outlining the state's clean energy standards, requires utilities to meet certain generation benchmarks for advanced and renewable energy technologies and requires that they work with their customers to reduce energy demand. Large industrial energy users in Ohio, including those in the MUSH (Municipal and state governments, Universities, Schools and Hospitals) markets, have been working toward those targets in innovative ways. 

In 2012, Ohio University entered into an energy performance contract (EPC) with Constellation to provide energy efficiency and water conservation measures for 72 buildings on the University's main campus. Those measures are expected to result in more than $38 million in water and energy cost savings over a 15-year period. Work is currently underway, and the entire project is scheduled for completion by the summer of 2014.

Among the experts who will be speaking at Tuesday's webinar is Joe Hudak, senior business development manager for Constellation. He will address energy efficiency opportunities at institutions of higher education and talk specifically about the efficiency measures underway at OHIO.

Other experts who will be featured are:

  • R. Neal Elliott, Ph.D., P.E., associate director for research for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, who will discuss energy efficiency in manufacturing
  • Marty Lanning, LEED AP, founder and managing partner in Energent Solutions, who will talk about energy efficiency at healthcare facilities

Joel S. Yudken, Ph.D., a principal at High Road Strategies LLC, an industrial, economic and energy policy consultancy, will serve as moderator.

Seating for the webinar is limited. Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1854556508659419648.

The goal of the 2013 CE3 Energy Webinar Series is to connect stakeholders in Ohio with useful information related to energy planning, energy usage, and the environmental, economic and emissions-related impacts of energy. More information about the series may be found at http://www.ohio.edu/ce3/resources/webinars.cfm.