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MEDIA ALERT November 26, 2012

CONTACT: Steve Caminati (AEEO) (614) 315-5908 Steve@advancedenergyohio.org Stacey Paradis (MEEA (312) 339-0187 sparadis@mwalliance.org

Energy Efficiency Industry Leaders Rally to Preserve Policy That Saves Ohioans Millions Each Year, and Creates Jobs State legislature poised to repeal policy in lame duck session, cause an increase in electric rates for Ohio ratepayers and jeopardize 10,000 Ohio jobs
Since 2008, Ohios electric utilities FirstEnergy, AEP, Duke Energy and Dayton Power & Light -- have been saving their customers energy and money on their utility bills in order to meet annual goals for energy efficiency, per the states Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS). These standards have: saved Ohio customers over $1billion on their energy bills and; created new jobs in Ohio, currently employing over 10,000 Ohioans in jobs that cannot be exported as workers weatherize homes and commercial buildings, manufacture energy efficient lighting, and conduct energy audits for Ohio customers. And, as recent as June 2012, the Ohio General Assembly voted to expand these utility programs by adding cogeneration technologies like Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and Waste Energy Recovery (WER) in order to create more options for large manufacturers. But the EERS is in serious jeopardy, as some utilities are pressing state legislative leaders to roll back efficiency requirements. If theyre successful, both ratepayers and Ohioans employed in this industry will be on the losing end electric rates will increase and Ohio jobs will be put at risk. WHAT: Press Conference Energy efficiency business and policy leaders will discuss the threat to efficiency standards and what that means to Ohio companies that provide energy efficient products and services to Ohio electric customers. Policy experts will discuss what this threat means in terms of Ohios leadership in the region on efficiency policy and CHP and WER development. Advanced Energy Economy Ohio (AEEO) Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) Energy efficiency businesses from around Ohio: Energy Optimizers, USA (Dayton, OH) WattWorks (Columbus, OH) Parkfield Insulation Services/Energy Matters, LLC (Columbus, OH) Monday, November 26 2:30 PM

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The Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square Capitol Board Room, 2nd Floor 75 East State Street (@ S. 3rd St.) Columbus, OH 43215 Hotel number: 614-365-4500 Teleconference Call in Option: (605) 475-4000 Participant Access Code: 768166#

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES: Interviews with efficiency business owners and regional policy experts regarding the impact of the proposal to weaken utility standards.