Great Lakes Regional Biomass Energy Program, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
Ohio is one of seven states participating in the Great Lakes Regional Biomass Energy Program which was established in 1983. The Regional Program is administered by the Council of Great Lakes Governors and receives funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. The other six states under the Great Lakes Biomass Energy Program are: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
The Regional Program's State Grant Program provides annual funding to seven states to support state biomass energy programs. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) matches the Regional Program funds to operate the Ohio Biomass Energy Program and provides staffing to administer the program.
The mission of the Ohio Biomass Energy Program (OBEP) is to increase the development and utilization of biomass energy resources in Ohio in order to promote energy sustainability and a cleaner environment. The environmental benefits of renewable biomass resources include reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, air pollutants, and landfill wastes, as well as efficient use of municipal, industrial, and farm wastes. Development of biomass energy resources may stimulate the economic growth in rural areas and provide "green power" options in the competitive electric industry.
The Great Lakes Regional Biomass Energy Program ended in 2009. However, the state program is still in service. The program monitors PUCO regulations for biomass and provides assistance and funding to biomass projects.