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Advanced Energy and Efficiency Programs


Office of Energy and Redevelopment
77 South High Street, 26th Floor
P.O. Box 1001
Columbus, Ohio 43216-1001
(614) 466-6797
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The Ohio Development Services Agency works to grow the economy of the state by connecting companies and communities to financial and technical resources increase efficiency and reduce costs.

The Alternative Fuel Transportation Program is a state program that improves air quality through financial assistance to businesses, nonprofit organizations, school districts, or local governments for the purchase and installation of alternative fuel refueling, blending, or distribution facilities and terminals.

New guidelines for this program are currently being developed and will be posted here once available. If you would like to be notified once guidelines become available, please send an email to

The Building Operators Certification Program is a professional certification for staffs, which operate and maintain commercial and public buildings, and involves energy and resource efficient operation of building systems. The Office of Energy obtained a license for implementation of the program in Ohio and works in partnership with the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.

Administered by the Ohio Department of Taxation, the Conversion Facilities Tax Exemption may provide an exemption for certain property state sales and use taxes for property used in energy conservation, thermal-efficiency improvements and the conversion of solid waste to energy. The Ohio Development Services Agency's Energy Office provides technical review of the energy equipment utilized in the projects to verify it fulfills the intent of the Ohio Revised Code. An opinion is then issued to Ohio Department of Taxation, where the commissioner makes a final determination on certification of the property.

The Energy Efficiency Program for Manufacturers is a multi-phase energy efficiency program that helps Ohio manufacturers to reduce their costs through facilitation services and financial assistance that diagnose, plan, and implement cost-effective energy improvements at their facilities. Funding is made available through the U.S. Department of Energy's State Energy Program and Ohio's Advanced Energy Fund.

The Energy Loan Fund is a program that provides low-cost financing to small businesses, manufacturers, nonprofits, and public entities for energy improvements that reduce energy usage and associated costs, reduce fossil fuel emissions, and/or create or retain jobs. Funding is provided through the Advanced Energy Fund and federal State Energy Program and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Eligible activities include energy retrofits, energy distribution technologies and renewable energy technologies. Projects must achieve 15 percent reduction in energy usage, demonstrate economic and environmental impacts and be included within a long-term energy strategy of the community served..

The Ohio Coal Research and Development Program is administered by the Ohio Coal Development Office (OCDO) and provides funding for (i) research and development at educational and scientific institutions, and for (ii) demonstration projects. The program seeks projects that result in the maximum conversion or use of Ohio coal as a fuel or chemical feedstock in a cost-effective and environmentally acceptable manner. The aggregate principal amount of money borrowed, bonds and other obligations issued by the state for this program is not to exceed one hundred million dollars. Eligible applicants includes: municipal, rural, investor-owned utilities, non-profit, and for-profit entities doing business in Ohio or an education or scientific institution located in Ohio.

The Loan Loss Reserve Program offers credit enhancement to eligible Ohio Port Authorities as they originate loans for projects that make businesses’ and nonprofits’ facilities more energy efficient.  The Ohio Development Services Agency is partnering with eight Ohio port authorities for this program.

The Qualified Energy Project Tax Exemption promotes the deployment of alternative energy sources in Ohio by exempting the public utility tangible personal property tax and the real property tax for "energy facilities" in favor of an affordable, fixed annual payment in lieu of taxes for the life of the facility. Owners of large "energy facilities" must repair roadways damaged in the construction of the facility, train and equip emergency personnel, develop relationships with members of the university system of Ohio to promote education in alternative energy, and remain in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local regulations.