Ohio Energy Future Tour finale to visit Athens

June 19, 2015

Ohio’s Energy Future Tour (OEFT) sixth and final stop will be in Athens on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Athens Community Center, co-sponsored by the Consortium for Energy, Economics and the Environment (CE3) at the Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.

OEFT is comprised of a coalition of local businesses, trade associations, nonprofits and local governments from across the state that approach energy from different perspectives. Together, they envision and promote a more sustainable energy industry in the state of Ohio by hosting regional forums encouraging people to engage in the conversation in an informal and open setting.

“Our final stop in Athens will complete a tour of the state that has clearly demonstrated how each region is committed to a clean energy future,” Jane Harf, tour spokesperson, said. “Hundreds of Ohioans from around the state have interacted with energy experts, community leaders, investors, businesses, health care professionals and non-profits to share their experiences and help shape our recommendations for the future of energy in this state.”

The tour’s first stop was in December in Cleveland, followed by stops in Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Cincinnati. Hosting events across the state has allowed each stop to cater to regional strengths. The tour’s final stop in Athens is unique: previous stops have been in larger, more urban areas of Ohio. Southeast Ohio’s rural setting is very different and important in that regard, recognizing the diversity and breadth of Ohioans’ energy values and viewpoints.

Upon completion of the tour, a collection of ideas and recommendations will be delivered to policymakers.

To register for the event, visit http://www.ohioenergyfuturetour.com.  Follow the event on Twitter @OHEnergyFuture or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ohioenergyfuturetour.