Advanced Energy Fund (Ohio)

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Place Ohio
Name Advanced Energy Fund
Incentive Type Public Benefits Fund
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, Residential, Utility
Eligible Technologies Biomass, CHP/Cogeneration, Fuel Cells, Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Landfill Gas, Microturbines, Municipal Solid Waste, Photovoltaics, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Water Heat, Wind, Unspecified technologies
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Charge Varies by utility (fund authorized to collect $15 million per year from 2001-05 and $5 million per year from 2006-10)

Total Fund $100 million over 10 years (maximum)
Types Renewables, energy efficiency, distributed energy

Date added to DSIRE 2000-01-01
Last DSIRE Review 2012-10-04
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References DSIRE[1]


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.

The Fund is administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) and was originally replenished through a uniform fee on the electric bills of customers of the state's four investor-owned utilities (American Electric Power, Dayton Power and Light, Duke Energy, and FirstEnergy). The fee amount was determined by dividing an aggregate revenue target for a given year -- as determined by the ODSA -- by the number of customers of electric distribution utilities in Ohio during the previous year. The maximum aggregate revenue target for each year through 2005 was $15 million; the maximum target for each year after 2005 was $5 million. Fee collections began January 1, 2006, and ended January 1, 2011.

Additional income may accrue to the Advanced Energy Fund from alternative compliance payments (ACPs) associated with Ohio's Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard or Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard, enacted in July 2008.

In 2012, S.B. 315 transferred funds from the Advanced Energy Research and Development Taxable Fund and the Advanced Energy Research and Development Fund to the Advanced Energy Fund. In addition, it allowed the Advanced Energy Fund to award loans in addition to grants.

Ohio's 1999 restructuring legislation also created the Public Benefits Advisory Board, a multi-stakeholder panel that assists the ODSA in administering the Fund, and the Universal Service Board. The ODSA collaborates with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to design and develop energy programs. Incentives are available to residents, low-income housing developers, businesses, industry, local governments, schools, nonprofits and farms. Participation in the Fund by electric cooperatives and municipal utilities is voluntary. Because no electric cooperatives or municipal utilities are participating, customers of these utilities are not eligible for Fund incentives. For information on current opportunities please consult the program web site.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Judy Pacifico
Department Ohio Development Services Agency
Address 77 South High Street, 26th Floor
Address 2 PO Box 1001
Place Columbus, Ohio
Zip/Postal Code 43216-1001
Phone (614) 387-2732
Phone 2 (800) 848-1300

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: ORC 4928.61 et seq.
Date Effective 1999-10-05
Expiration Date 2010-12-31
Authority 2: S.B. 315
Date Effective 2012-09-10
Date Enacted 2012-06-11

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"