The Ohio Advanced Energy Fund is set to expire December 31, and grant applications have backed up to the point that state officials have stopped accepting new applications.
According to a post on the Ohio Department of Development’s website, the state suspended all Notice of Funding Available (NOFAs) last week “due to the uncertainty over the extension of the Advanced Energy Fund.” We have inquired about the status of pending grant applications but have not yet received an answer from ODOD officials.
Outgoing Gov. Ted Strickland has been a proponent of alternative energy, so if the Ohio General Assembly passes an extension of the Fund in the coming weeks, he almost certainly would sign it – which would make this suspension a moot point. If the Fund is allowed to sunset on December 31, it is uncertain whether the incoming Congress or Gov. John Kasich would attempt to revive it.
The grants are worth as much as $200,000 per qualified project.
Barnes Dennig will continue to monitor the situation and keep you abreast of any changes.