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Consortium for Energy, Economics & the Environment to host fall energy workshop

The Consortium for Energy, Economics & the Environment (CE3) at the Ohio University Voinovich School for Leadership and Public Affairs will host its fall energy and emissions event on Friday, Sept. 27, at the Quest Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio.

"A Workshop for Efficiency, Emissions and Energy Choices in Ohio," is funded in part by a U.S. EPA grant to educate Ohio stakeholders about the EPA's Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reporting Program, and continues the outreach programming that CE3 regularly conducts through its webinars, workshops and online materials. Linking together energy choices, energy efficiency and emissions management helps stakeholders to better understand the implications of their energy use. Ohio businesses who make, manage or use energy are the target audience for this workshop that will also welcome policy makers, economic development professionals and nonprofit and trade organizations.

Workshop attendees will follow one of two tracks. The first track will focus on efficiency and emissions and will cover topics such as reducing corporate energy use and energy projects at Ohio manufacturers. The second track will focus on topics related to shale gas development, specifically fugitive emissions and how natural gas is changing the outlook for Ohio companies. U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) will serve as the morning keynote speaker to address the progress made on the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act he has co-sponsored with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). This bipartisan bill will help drive growth in the energy efficiency sector in Ohio and nationwide. More than 20 expert speakers will present, many from companies operating in Ohio, such as Eaton Corporation, Honda North America Services, LLC, Owens Corning, P.H. Glatfelter Company and more.

The U.S. EPA's GHG Reporting Program is meant to collect accurate and timely GHG data from large GHG sources in the U.S. to inform future policy decisions. However, the companies affected by this rule face much uncertainty related to federal and state energy and climate policy. Workshops like this one approach the regulations in a practical and manageable way.

"Ohio has long been known for its traditional contributions, like coal, to Midwestern energy," said Scott Miller, director of energy and environmental programs at the Voinovich School. "Shale is now center stage, but so are options like renewables and efficiency. Developing a diverse portfolio of energy in an environmentally-responsible way demonstrates the power and ingenuity of Ohio businesses. This workshop will showcase the innovative ways Ohio businesses are tackling energy and emissions in their operations."

For more information about the workshop and to register, click here.