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Aug
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HB6: ‘The worst energy bill of the 21st century’ has to go

Even before news broke that Ohio’s speaker of the house was arrested on an alleged bribery scheme to get House Bill 6 passed, we knew HB6 was not in the best interest of Ohioans.

HB6 bailed out two nuclear power plants, two coal power plants and gutted the state’s renewable energy and efficiency standards, which created hundreds of thousands of jobs for Ohioans while saving hundreds of millions of dollars for residents and business owners. When the bill Vox.com dubbed “the worst energy bill of the 21st century” passed the Ohio legislature last year, it left those of us in the clean energy industry upset and confused.

Lawmakers who supported HB6 claimed the bill would create jobs by doubling down on a dying industry and cutting off support to a growing one.

My Dayton-based energy efficiency company started in 2009 with just one worker, me. Now, we directly employ 23 people in our front office.

We employ engineers, MBAs, trained HVAC service technicians, electricians.

In addition, we provide employment for more than 150 Ohio residents that are utilized to implement our projects, including electricians, mechanical and HVAC tradespeople, architects and engineers and various trades professionals in the construction field.

Clean energy is a dynamic industry in our state and across the Midwest.

At the end of 2019 clean energy jobs were growing four times as fast as overall state employment.

HB6 pulled the rug out from under Ohio’s thousands of clean energy workers.

The recently released Clean Jobs Midwest report shows that clean energy is employing many more people than coal and nuclear combined. At the end of 2019, there were over 114,000 clean energy jobs in Ohio compared to the 14,000 in coal and less than 2,000 jobs in the nuclear industry.

The vast majority of Ohio’s clean energy jobs in 2019 — some 83,000 — were in energy efficiency.

These are good jobs.

They’re factory jobs manufacturing energy efficient appliances like dishwashers and dryers.

They’re construction jobs for workers who improve the energy efficiency of our homes, schools and office buildings with better lighting, HVAC systems, insulation, windows and energy management technologies and controls.

One of the most satisfying parts of my job is completing projects at Ohio schools. From the elementary schools in Dayton to large technical colleges in Cincinnati, I’ve seen how updating interior and exterior lighting or installing highly efficient boilers saves institutions like these thousands of dollars on annual energy bills while providing an improved learning environment.

We’ve saved Ohio school districts enough money to cover over 300 teacher salaries for an entire year through these projects associated with clean and efficient energy retrofits.

Ohio lawmakers: If we’re serious about creating jobs and building a better future for Ohio, clean energy is the place to start. We need forward-thinking clean energy policies that will save Ohioans money, create jobs while also protecting our environment.

It’s time to repeal HB6 and replace it with policies that will build our state’s economy for the long-haul, support the clean energy industry, and provide the needed market certainty for new businesses to set up shop and grow here in Ohio.

Greg Smith

Greg Smith is the founder and President of Energy Optimizers U.S.A. and a member of the national, nonpartisan business group E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs).

Feb

Energy Optimizers, USA Awarded as The Sole Provider of LED Lighting and Energy Savings Programs to Ohio Council of Educational Purchasing Consortia (OCEPC)

DAYTON, Ohio, Feb. 26, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Energy Optimizers, USA (EOU) is proud to announce that it has been selected by the Ohio Council of Educational Purchasing Consortia (OCEPC) and its six purchasing co-operatives as the sole provider for its LED Lighting and Energy Savings Program for the third year of the program.

OCEPC – Energy Optimizers, USA
School districts and local governments across the state can now partner with EOU to develop and implement LED lighting, energy savings, and facility improvement projects. More than 450,000 students will benefit from the partnership. Competitive bidding has already been completed, reducing project costs and providing faster design and implementation.

Since 2009, Energy Optimizers, USA has worked with communities to increase energy efficiency in schools, government facilities, businesses, and more. EOU is proud to have the chance to work with school districts and local governments in Ohio to create innovative solutions to improve their facilities.

Implementing LED lights in classrooms not only cuts down on costs for schools and taxpayers, but it also creates a better learning environment for students and teachers alike.

“We are so pleased that the board members of the OCEPC have great confidence in our program, and that the results delivered both meet and exceed their project goals,” said Belinda Kenley, vice president of business development.

More than $17 million in energy savings projects have been sold to Ohio schools and public entities utilizing this program since 2018.

School administrators seeking either energy savings or facility improvement projects or funding for these projects can reach out to Energy Optimizers, USA by phone at (937) 877-1919 or by emailing Belinda Kenley at bkenley@energyoptusa.com.

Their experienced team of engineers and analysts will first perform an energy audit to understand the district’s immediate facility issues. The team will then strategize and present multiple recommendations on how the district can save money while also improving its facilities.

Jul

Now Hiring: Senior Energy Engineer

Energy Optimizers, USA, LLC specializes in developing, engineering, and implementing energy efficiency, facility improvement, and solar projects for educational, governmental, and commercial customers. Our goal is to reduce our clients’ costs while saving the environment.

We emphasize ethics, honesty, customer service, and education with our customers, associates, vendors, contractors, and partners. We are committed to providing our services in a professional manner at a fair profit margin that exceeds the expectations of our customers.

Position Overview

Our Project Development team is looking to add a full-time Senior Energy Engineer to join our fast-paced company. Our new office in downtown Dayton is easily accessible and our entrepreneurial team culture provides a positive and rewarding growth opportunity for all Associates.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Focus on Utility (Electricity, Fuel, and Water) Analysis
    • Manage, analyze and report all customer related utility usage and cost data
    • Research opportunity and apply for utility provider incentives
  • Develop and create Comprehensive Energy Savings projects for the company’s customers
  • Create comprehensive energy audit reports (ASHRAE Level 2 and Level 3)
    • Strong writing and mathematical skills required
  • Measurement & Verification management for all past customer projects
    • Comprehensive understanding of utility data and analysis/reporting of pre and post project data required, including rate structure analysis
  • Ability to create PowerPoint presentations and present findings to customers
  • Energy Modelling software skills
  • Energy Star analysis
  • Potentially assist with on-site facility energy audits and assessments
    • HVAC systems
    • Lighting systems
    • Building envelope
    • Solar opportunities, etc.

Requirements:

  • US Citizenship; company policy does not support student visa or corporate sponsorships
  • Minimum of 5-Years’ experience in the Energy Engineering Field
  • Knowledge, experience and education in energy engineering; minimum bachelor’s degree in Energy and Environmental Engineering and/or Renewable Clean Energy (Master’s preferred)
    • Energy systems, energy unit fundamentals
    • Utility data and analysis education and experience
  • Knowledge of the following industries is preferred
    • HVAC, Lighting, Building Envelope,
    • Energy Auditing and Assessment of Energy Conservation Measures preferred
  • Desire to work hard, be flexible and ability to multitask
  • Strong computer skills with quality writing skills
    • Excel – A MUST
    • MS Office

    Job Application

    • Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf, rtf.
Jun

Now Hiring: Energy Engineer

Energy Optimizers, USA, LLC specializes in developing, engineering, and implementing energy efficiency and energy savings projects for educational, governmental and commercial customers. Our goal is to reduce our clients’ costs while saving the environment.

Energy Optimizers, USA emphasizes ethics, honesty, customer service, and education with its associates, vendor partners, and customers. We are committed to providing our services in a professional, honest manner and to exceed the expectations of our customers.

Position Overview

Our Project Development team is looking to add a full-time Energy Engineer to join our fast-paced company. Our new office in downtown Dayton is easily accessible and our unique team culture provides a positive and rewarding growth opportunity for all associates.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Focus on Utility (Electricity, Fuel and Water) Analysis
    • Manage, analyze and report all customer related utility usage and cost data
    • Research opportunity and apply for utility provider incentives
  • Develop and create Comprehensive Energy Savings projects for the company’s customers
  • Create comprehensive energy audit reports (ASHRAE Level 2)
    • Strong writing skills required
  • Measurement & Verification management for all past customer projects
    • Comprehensive understanding of utility data and analysis/reporting of pre and post project data required
  • Ability to create PowerPoint presentations and present findings to customers
  • Energy Star data input for all customers
  • Potentially assist with on-site facility energy audits
    • HVAC systems
    • Lighting systems
    • Building envelope, etc.

Requirements:

  • US Citizenship; company policy does not support student visa or corporate sponsorships
  • Knowledge, experience and education in energy engineering; minimum bachelor’s degree in Energy and Environmental Engineering and/or Renewable Clean Energy (Master’s preferred)
    • Energy systems, energy unit fundamentals
    • Utility data and analysis education and experience
  • Knowledge of the following industries is preferred
    • HVAC
    • Lighting
    • Energy Auditing and Assessment of Energy Conservation Measures preferred
  • Honesty and Integrity
  • Desire to work hard, be flexible and ability to multitask
  • Computer skills – quality writing skills
    • Excel – A MUST
    • PowerPoint
    • Word
    • Outlook

To apply

Please email your resume and cover letter to bkenley@energyoptusa.com or mail to:

Energy Optimizers, USA
632 E. First Street
Dayton, OH 45402

Download this job posting as a Word .doc or as a .pdf

May
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Graham Middle School Wins $3,000 Prize for Green Team

One of our greatest accomplishments has been the implementation and sustainability of our Graham Middle School all-female “Energy Team”. This team was created due to the overwhelming vocational need of females in STEM careers.

The energy team has won multiple awards for their leadership and project implementations of green energy practices across the state and region. They have received grants from the Ohio Energy Project where they attended a week-long conference and built an energy bike to be used for education.

This team of sixth, seventh, and eighth-grade girls took their learning and developed lessons, for their peers and elementary students. They travel to the elementary and teach on energy conservation, green practices, and STEM careers to Kindergarten through 5th grade.

The team also plans and leads an energy education fair for their peers and the community each year to demonstrate and educate about green practices. This past year the team participated in the Dayton Area “Bring Your Green” Challenge. A yearlong challenge to earn points by participating in “Green” challenges, energy monitoring, and education. Graham Middle School won this competition for 2017 and collected more points than any other school or business in the region, beating out over 600 other facilities. http://drg3.org/bringyourgreen/leaderboard
The students won a prize of $3,000 and have already made plans to invest the money into more projects to become more “Green.”

Congratulations to the Energy Team of Graham Middle School!

Jan

Solar Project Featured at Portage Lakes Career Center

Over the past 8 years, PLCC has successfully implemented programs to increase energy efficiency, and reduce energy consumption. Recently, PLCC was able to create a new partnership (with Energy Optimizers, USA), resulting in the construction of a 400 kWh solar array. When the array is fully operational, it will provide a clean source of renewable energy for PLCC, while also helping PLCC further reduce annual energy expenses. For PLCC, “Living Green” is not only an opportunity to demonstrate financial and environmental responsibility but also to set a positive example within the community.

Jun
tipp city schools LED lighting

Tipp City Schools partners with Energy Optimizers, USA, on a suite of strategic investments in school improvements

Tipp City, Ohio (June 19, 2018)—Tipp City Schools will make strategic investments in LT Ball Intermediate School, Tippecanoe Middle School and Tippecanoe High School that are expected to save more than $73,000 annually through a partnership with Tipp City-based Energy Optimizers, USA.

The comprehensive improvements are designed to enhance energy efficiency, prolong the life of the buildings and improve safety. Starting in June, Energy Optimizers, USA, will:

  • Retrofit the high school and middle school lighting with LED systems
  • Renovate the HVAC systems and building automation systems at the middle school
  • Install a building automation system at the intermediate school
  • Replace electrical switchgear at the middle school
  • Replace the chiller and overhaul of the boilers and domestic water heater at the intermediate school
  • Replace the doors and windows at the middle and intermediate schools
  • Upgrade the fire alarms at the middle and intermediate schools

The upgrade to LED lighting is expected to save the district more than $61,000 in electricity use and more than $12,000 in maintenance costs. LED lighting uses an average of 60 percent less energy and lasts five times longer than the replaced systems. In addition to offering immediate savings, LED lighting will result in better-lit environments that are more conducive to learning. The lighting also does not have the hum and flicker associated with fluorescent lighting, making it an ideal system for special needs classrooms.

“We have been taking a hard look with our community about how we can best plan, invest in and preserve our facilities,” said Superintendent Dr. Gretta Kumpf. “Energy Optimizers, USA, presented us with very smart, very conservative options to get more from our intermediate and middle schools while improving our energy efficiency.”

Tippecanoe Middle School students have also invested in improving the district’s sustainability practices. The students have worked with community partners to evaluate and improve the district’s water and energy use, waste, and student well-being. Students presented their options to the district Board of Education in May.

“We are proud to assist our hometown schools with making common sense, energy-efficient measures to ensure their intermediate and middle school buildings run in top shape for years to come,” said Greg Smith, Energy Optimizers, USA, president. “In making these improvements, the district is demonstrating that its focus is on the best, most cost-effective use of resources, both regarding energy conservation and taxpayer dollars.”

Mar

Fort Recovery Local Schools expects to net a $17,000 utility rebate through energy savings project completed with Energy Optimizers, USA

TIPP CITY, Ohio, March 16, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Energy Optimizers, USA, has completed an aggressive energy savings project that is expected to save Fort Recovery Local Schools more than $30,000 a year in utility costs.
The district also anticipates receiving a Dayton Power & Light rebate of more than $17,000 because of the work.
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Mar

Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Local Schools’ utility savings more than $6,000 above projections through a partnership with Energy Optimizers, USA

TIPP CITY, Ohio, March 15, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Two years after completing a comprehensive energy savings project with Energy Optimizers, USA, Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Local Schools has exceeded projected savings on its utility bills by more than $6,000 annually.
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Mar

Energy project with Energy Optimizers, USA, nets Monroe Local Schools more than $75,000 in cost savings

Tipp City, Ohio (March 13th, 2018)—Just one year after completing a project to reduce its energy consumption, Monroe Local Schools has surpassed projections for cost savings, Energy Optimizers, USA found.

In 2016, the district engaged Energy Optimizers, USA, to replace all of its interior and exterior lighting with LED systems. The project also included the installation of HVAC controls and a high-efficiency boiler at the district’s 2–12 building.
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