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Ohio University to host "energy Choices for Ohio" workshop Sept. 18


September 11, 2012

ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 11, 2012) – Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs will host a workshop on greenhouse gas emissions reporting regulations for Ohio businesses from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Quest Business & Conference Centers in Columbus. The workshop is titled "Energy Choices for Ohio: Impacts of Efficiency, Technology & Carbon Management," and "America's Energy Coach" Thomas E. Kiser will deliver the keynote address.

The workshop is intended to keep Ohio companies informed about the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program, announced by the U.S. EPA in 2009. This rule requires specific sources of greenhouse gas emissions, by both source type and quantity of emissions, to report their emissions data. The next reporting deadline for affected facilities to submit this information is September 28, 2012.

Panels and breakout sessions from this workshop will include information on topics such as greenhouse gas reporting tools, energy efficiency technologies and incentives, sustainability strategies and financing mechanisms for energy projects. The interconnections between energy usage and emissions will be highlighted throughout the workshop.

"America's Energy Coach" Thomas E. Kiser serves as the president and CEO of PSI Energy Solutions, a Worthington Industries Company, and speaks to audiences nationwide to promote environmentally friendly and energy efficient practices.

"I realized early on in my career that the art of energy efficiency is controlling it," Kiser said. "To control it, you need to be able to measure energy load demands through the whole system. With measurement comes the ability to control efficiency in real-time. You find opportunities for continual improvement, you have data to report, you can prove it."

The workshop grows out of two successful webinars focused on the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program and is funded by a grant from the U.S. EPA to the Voinovich School to facilitate a dialogue across affected entities and provide information to promote increased awareness and understanding of the program.

More information about the project can be found at www.ohio.edu/ce3/ghgrp.

About the Voinovich School:

The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University integrates scholarship, learning, practice and partnerships to solve environmental and energy problems. The School also uses strategic information to improve government and nonprofit policy value and innovation, build businesses, educate entrepreneurs and develop the region's economy, while developing current and future leaders in public and environmental affairs. The Voinovich School is directed by Professor Mark Weinberg and incorporates faculty, professional staff and students in a collaborative and problem solving culture with a sustained record of accomplishment at the University and throughout the region and state.

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Contact: Elissa Welch, Ohio University's Voinovich School for Leadership and Public Affairs, at 740-537-0112 or welche@ohio.edu