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Ohio's Renewable Future
Sponsored by: Hull & Associates, Inc. and the T.J. Smull College of Engineering at Ohio Northern University
Renewable energy in Ohio is at an interesting crossroad for several reasons! Dependence on coal as a primary fuel for electric generation is reducing as environmental restrictions tighten. The abundance of stable low cost natural gas in the state is creating a new energy renaissance in Ohio. And implementation of aggressive renewable portfolio standards (RPS) for the state energy mix have been placed on hold for two years. Join us to learn more.
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Biographies of presenters are shown below the course topics.
- Brian Henderson, Event Coordinator, Ohio Northern University
- Troy Balderson, Ohio State Senate
- Eric Baumgartner, Ohio Northern University
- Shawn Bennett, Ohio Oil & Gas Association
- Andrew Conway, Ohio Public Utilities Commission
- Steve Giles, Hull & Associates
- Mark Gundlefinger, American Electric Power
- Bob Hodanbosi, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
8:30 a.m. Welcome & Overview of the Day - Brian Henderson, ONU
8:40 a.m. Update about ONU - Eric Baumgartner, ONU
8:55 a.m. Ohio Renewable Energy Background - Andrew Conway, PUCO
9:10 a.m. Interconnection and Net Metering Laws - Andrew Conway, PUCO
9:30 a.m. External Impacts on Energy
Abundance of Oil & Gas - Shawn Bennett, OOGA
Coal Regulation (Clean Air Act) - Bob Hodanbosi, Ohio EPA
10:40 a.m. Refreshments/Networking Break
11:00 a.m. Ohio Regulatory Changes - Troy Balderson, Ohio State Senate
12:00 p.m. Lunch (On Your Own)
1:15 p.m. Utility Implications - Mark Gundlefinger, AEP Ohio
1:55 p.m. Renewable Industry Implications in Ohio
Wind Development - TBA
Solar Development - Steve Giles, Hull & Associates
2:55 p.m. Refreshments/Networking Break
3:15 p.m. Renewable Energy Advocacy Groups - TBA
3:45 p.m. Future of Renewable Energy in Ohio - Panel
4:30 p.m. Adjourn
Biographies of Speakers
Senator Troy Balderson is currently serving his second General Assembly in the Ohio Senate, representing the 20th District, which encompasses all of Fairfield, Guernsey, Hocking, Morgan, and Muskingum Counties, as well as portions of Athens and Pickaway Counties. He is currently the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources. Tapping his vast knowledge on energy issues, Senator Balderson has been appointed to serve as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources. Senator Balderson oversees policy initiatives for one of the fastest growing sectors of our economy. In addition to his committee leadership responsibilities, Senator Balderson serves as Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture which is Ohio’s number one industry. He also serves as a member of the Senate Education, Public Utilities, Transportation, and Workforce & Economic Development Committees. Prior to joining the Ohio Senate, Balderson served in the Ohio House of Representatives, where he was named to the House Finance Committee and also presided as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture and Natural Resources. Through these positions, he played an important role in developing policies that encourage job creation while putting Ohio back on a path to fiscal stability without raising taxes. Born and raised in southeastern Ohio, Senator Balderson graduated from Zanesville High School in 1980 and attended both Muskingum College and The Ohio State University. As part of his effort to best serve the district, Senator Balderson stays very active in the community including being a member of the Genesis Health Care Advisory Board, the Cattleman’s Association, the Muskingum County Farm Bureau and the National Rifle Association. He is also a member of the Fairfield County, Muskingum County, and Pickerington Chambers of Commerce, the Muskingum County Business Incubator Board and the Ohio Township Association and was the co-founder of Appalachia Outdoor Adventures. He sits as the vice-chairman of the Ohio Sportsman’s Caucus and is privileged to serve as an elder at the First Christian Church.
Eric Baumgartner is the Dean of the T. J. Smull College of Engineering and a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ohio Northern University. Prior to joining ONU, Dr. Baumgartner spent 10 years at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, where he held a number of technical and management positions including a leadership role on the Mars Exploration Rover project that successfully launched, landed and operated the Spirit and Opportunity rovers on the Martian surface. Dr. Baumgartner was honored with the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal in 2004 for his efforts on the Mars rover project and, in May 2008, Dr. Baumgartner, along with two of his colleagues at JPL, was presented with the 2008 IEEE Robotics and Automation Award.
Shawn Bennett serves as the Executive Vice President for the Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA), having been elected to that position in December 2014. Shawn is the chief executive officer of the Association and its operations; editor of the Association's publications; an industry spokesperson to media outlets and other forums; and serves as the public policy advocate in Columbus and Washington D.C. on behalf of OOGA's members' interest. Prior to joining OOGA, Shawn served as director of Energy In Depth-Ohio (EID), a grassroots advocacy, research and education initiative organized in support of responsible oil and gas development. In that capacity, Shawn received the Southeastern Ohio Oil and Gas Association’s Workhouse Award and the Columbus Business First Top 20 to Know in Energy. Shawn also worked as the Government Affairs Manager for the Ohio Coal Association where he managed policy on behalf of his membership. Shawn is a graduate of Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Communications.
Andrew Conway, P.E. is an engineering specialist at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. He earned a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering with a Chemistry minor from the University of Toledo and is a professional engineer. He worked for 7.5 years at the Ohio EPA surface water division. During that time he revamped the industrial pretreatment program by using an innovative scientific method to calculate mass-based local limits that are still working today. Andrew also helped administer the civil enforcement program of the Clean Water Act. Since 2009, Andrew has worked at the Public Utilities Commission/Ohio Power Siting Board as an engineering specialist in siting. He has reviewed proposed sites for numerous wind farms, power plants, transmission lines, and other energy infrastructure. He is excited to work with, contribute to, and learn about cutting edge and innovative energy technology and practices. Andrew lives in New Albany with his wife and five children.
Steve Giles is the Vice President of Hull & Associates Alternative Energy services division and is responsible for providing strategic development and leadership for Hull's expansion in the energy market. His primary goal is to develop a portfolio of alternative energy assets. Steve performs energy and financial analyses and develops and provides financing options for a wide variety of alternative energy projects, including biogas, landfill gas, combined heat and power, and solar energy projects. Steve has nearly 25 years of experience encompassing a wide range of utility industry financial operations, commercial negotiations, and business development activities. He provides clients with options for renewable energy projects through feasibility analysis and consulting, turnkey engineering-procurement-construction, financing options, project ownership and operating options, state and federal grant coordination and Renewable Energy Certificate management and brokering. Steve holds both a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Dayton.
Mark Gundelfinger, P.E. began his career with American Electric Power as a T & D Planning Engineer in Steubenville, Ohio in 1982. He later transferred to the Marketing & Customer Services department as Power Engineer. In 1987 he relocated to Portsmouth, Ohio where he was promoted to a number of engineering positions in Customer Services. In 1996, he was promoted to Manager of the Key Accounts Engineers for AEP Ohio. In 2000 he was promoted to the Manager of Customer Services in the Chillicothe Region where he managed the Customer Services department and oversaw the business operations in AEP’s southern Ohio areas. In 2009 he became AEP Ohio’s Manager of Alternative Energy Resources where he is responsible for customer sited programs, projects and initiatives involving renewable energy resources and advanced technologies. Mark has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from The Ohio State University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ohio. He is a past member of the Lions Club and currently serves as a member of the Knights of Columbus. He has 20 years of service coaching several youth recreational sports. Mark lives in Grove City with his wife Sandy and children Wes, Courtney and Troy
Brian Henderson, P.E. is the Engineer in Residence in the T.J. Smull College of Engineering at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. He holds a B.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Akron, and a professional engineering certificate in Ohio. He is currently working to develop Ohio Northern’s Advanced Energy education program that includes K-12 outreach, an undergraduate energy concentration, and professional development. Brian also serves as an adjunct professor in the Civil Engineering department. He has extensive electric utility experience; and has held technical and managerial positions that include high voltage transmission, nuclear generation, construction management, and information technology. He has also served as an independent consultant for system implementations in the electric utility industry. Brian resides in the Columbus, Ohio area.
Fees: $95 includes electronic course material, continental breakfast, break refreshments and CPD certificate. By participating in this course, you will earn 7.0 hours of continuing professional development credit. To register, click HERE.
Cancellation policy: If you cannot attend, please notify us by February 8, 2015, and your fee will be refunded. Cancellations after this date and no-shows are subject to a $45 administration fee. Participants may enroll substitutes at any time before the course starts.
Course Location: Creekside Conference and Event Center, 700 Creekside Plaza, Gahanna, Ohio. For more information, see their website.
Course Brochure: Attached above.
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Peg Hibbard, Administrative Assistant
Ohio Northern University T.J. Smull College of Engineering
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Brian F. Henderson, P.E., Engineer in Residence
Ohio Northern University T.J. Smull College of Engineering
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