State Development Director Bruce Johnson announced that the Ohio Department of Development’s (ODOD) Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE) has awarded US$924,019 for 26 statewide innovative distributed energy projects.Columbus, Ohio – October 20, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Awareness of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) has increased since last month’s power crisis that created a blackout in Northern Ohio, the Northeastern United States and parts of Canada. DER addresses backup power and demand response needs, and may offer cost-effective benefits by supplementing the current transmission infrastructure to meet specific customer needs. Distributed energy technologies include fuel cells, solar photovoltaics (PV), wind turbines, microturbines and other ancillary services that can be located closer to where power is needed, reducing traffic on the electrical distribution system. Distributed energy technologies can help states address the challenge of satisfying electrical demand for critical loads by providing flexibility in siting these new technologies where they do not require additional high-voltage transmission lines. The Ohio Department of Development, through the Office of Energy Efficiency has been providing information about this alternative for several years and recently issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for innovative distributed energy projects. The 26 awarded projects are geographically distributed across the state and represent the following customer sectors: industrial, commercial, residential, non-profit, government, agriculture and education. This funding was leveraged against total project costs of more than $15.3 million. The projects will be monitored and system performance data will be made available to the public. A list of DER funded recipients can be found with the full press release at the link below.