Ohio's Alternative Energy Zones are made possible through Ohio's Senate Bill 232, which reduced taxes on alternative energy projects. The Alternative Energy Zones are designated on a county-by-county basis, and provide developers with incentive for projects located in these counties. Incentives include a quicker approval process and set rates for revenue.
'''''Note: Legislation passed in 2012 (S.B. 289 and S.B. 315) added certain new technologies to the list of eligible Renewable Energy Resources and Advanced Energy Resources. In July 2012, The PUCO opened [http://dis.puc.state.oh.us/CaseRecord.aspx?CaseNo=12-2156 Docket 12-2156-EL-ORD] in order to implement the changes. PUCO is accepting comments on the proposed rules, and comments reviewing OAC 4901:1-10, until January 7, 2013. '''''
The Ohio Air Quality Development Authority (OAQDA) provides assistance for new air quality projects in Ohio, for both small and large businesses. For qualifying projects, the OAQDA also projects tax benefits.
Facilities with a potential to emit any one regulated air pollutant of a quantity greater than or equal to 100 tons per year, or any one hazardous air pollutant (HAP) greater than or equal to 10 tons per year, or any combination of hazardous air pollutants greater than 25 tons per year, must submit, in a form and manner prescribed by the director, a fee emission report that quantifies the actual emission data for particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, organic compounds, nitrogen oxides, and lead. The owner or operator of a facility shall pay fees on the facility's actual emissions.
This bond-funded program creates an Advanced Energy Job Stimulus Fund that is administered through a public process previously managed by the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority (OAQDA). Beginning in 2012, the program is managed by the Ohio Development Services Agency. The Program will award funds to a portfolio of advanced energy projects. These projects will serve to attract new investment to Ohio, build upon Ohio's manufacturing strength, advance energy technology development toward commercialization and prepare Ohio's workforce for the future.
Ohio's Advanced Energy Fund was originally authorized by the state's 1999 electric restructuring legislation. The Fund supports the Advanced Energy Program, which at different times has provided grants for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects to different economic sectors. Grant and loan funds are awarded through periodic Notices of Funding Availability (NOFAs) which may each focus on specific technologies or economic sectors.
As part of the Renewable Energy Technology (RET) Program, AEP Ohio offers incentives to customers that commit their Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to AEP Ohio for 15 years. Incentives are available for wind and solar photovoltaic systems that are installed after July 1, 2011 and before June 30, 2013. Systems must be located in the AEP service area, and must have their RECs registered in the PJM Generation Attribute Tracking System (GATS). Solar photovoltaic systems are eligible for a $1.50/watt incentive.
'''''Note: This program is currently closed. All RECs were required to be transfered into AEP Ohio's GATS account by July 15, 2013 in order to be eligible for the program. No information is available regarding future solicitations. Check the program web site for more information. '''''
AEP Ohio offers incentives for commercial customers who have implemented energy efficiency upgrades as if the customer commits the energy efficiency savings and/or peak demand reductions to AEP Ohio (subject to Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approval). The program is open non-residential customers of AEP Ohio that use more than 700,000 kWh per year or who are part of a national account that involve multiple facilities in one or more states. Only energy efficiency upgrades implemented since January 1, 2008 are eligible.
AEP Ohio offers incentives to commercial customers who are building a new facility or are performing a major renovation. Incentives are provided for upgrading lighting, lighting controls, HVAC measures, commercial cooking equipment, variable frequency drives and custom measures among others. All equipment must meet program specifications for efficiency and installation. The program also offers a customized incentive whereby facilities can pursue Whole Building Performance upgrades and receive a rebate of $0.08 - $0.12/kWh first year savings.