Bexley says CRA could fund Mayfield Place remediation and remodel

Bexley City Council is considering a Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) agreement that “would enable a private developer to environmentally remediate and remodel an apartment complex” in southwest Bexley, according to Mayor Ben Kessler, ThisWeek Community News reports. Ordinance 12-19, if approved, would allow “for a 100 percent, 15-year tax abatement on the new improvements” to Mayfield Place, according to the article. The legislation states that the developer “would undertake environmental remediation of contaminated soil at the Mayfield Place in accordance with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Voluntary Action Plan.” Council member Richard Sharp noted the city would not abate current taxes, but “future improvement and value.” For more, read the full article.

Economic Development, Environmental, Financial Incentives, Project Finance

The Energy Exchange: Charging Toward the Future event May 9, 2019

Please join us for Bricker & Eckler’s biannual Energy Exchange event to discuss updates on legal and policy issues surrounding electric vehicles in Ohio. Featuring State Representative Kent Smith; Mark Patton, Vice President at Smart Cities, Columbus Partnership; and David Schatz, Director of Public Policy at ChargePoint, Inc., we will discuss the impact of the electric vehicle industry and the growing need for EV charging stations to meet the increasing demand.

To register for the May 9, 2019 Energy Exchange, click here.

Environmental, Smart Cities, State Updates

Ohio ranked third in 12-state Midwest region for clean energy jobs

Analysis by the Clean Energy Trust and nonpartisan Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) shows “more than 112,000 Ohioans work in clean energy industries,” with 4,975 jobs added in the last year, according to a recent article in The Daily Reporter. Clean energy jobs now “make up 2.1 percent of all jobs in Ohio” according to Clean Jobs Midwest, the article reports. Energy efficiency led all clean energy sectors in the state, “employing 81,676 workers — accounting for seven in 10 of all clean energy workers.” Micaela Preskill, E2 Midwest states advocate, said the 2019 U.S. Energy & Employment Report “clearly proves that clean energy in the Midwest is not just a trend, it is driving economic growth and opportunities across the region.” For more, read the full article (subscription required), or click here for the report.

Economic Development, Energy Efficiency, Environmental, State Updates

Airstream adding 100-percent renewable-powered facility

A $40-million expansion of Airstream’s Jackson Center operations will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy, the Dayton Daily News reports. The company’s “entire Jackson Center campus,” including the new 750,000-square-foot facility, will be powered by renewable energy credits, according to the article. Bob Wheeler, Airstream president and CEO, said, “[o]ur work at Airstream is inextricably linked to the outdoors, so we are continuously exploring ways to do more with less. Powering our operations through renewable energy credits purchased here in Ohio is a net win for our community and our customers.” Last year, the travel trailer manufacturer “offset 4,220 metric tons of CO2 by using renewable energy certificates,” the equivalent of emissions produced by more than 10 million miles of driving for the average vehicle. For more, read the full article.

Environmental, Renewable Energy, State Updates

Campbell school district plans solar project

The Campbell City School District will lease approximately 10 acres to a solar company as part of a project “to cut its facility costs and carbon footprint,” The Vindicator reports. The district “has spent the past six months working with Guaranteed Clean Energy of Dublin, Ohio,” whose “Energy for Education” program “helps public entities effectively partner with sustainability companies,” according to the article. Campbell Superintendent Matthew Bowen “said the district estimates the new solar program alone will save $34,399 annually.” Additionally, the district “will use the program to invest in new LED lighting, which is projected to save $67,172 annually.” For more, read the full article.

Energy Efficiency, Environmental, Renewable Energy, State Updates

Ohio ranks in top 10 states for clean energy jobs

A new report from nonpartisan business group E2 shows nearly 113,000 people “are employed in Ohio’s clean energy sector,” ranking the state eighth in the country “for the number of people employed in the clean energy sector,” Cleveland Scene reports. That number reflects a 4.6-percent increase in the past year, higher than the national growth rate of 3.6 percent. E2 Executive Director Robert Keefe “says the biggest story is the 16 percent growth in clean vehicle manufacturing . . . spurred by growing consumer adoption of electric vehicle technology, state expansion of charging infrastructure, and falling battery prices.” Clean car employment increased by 9 percent, or approximately 1,300 new jobs. For more, read the full article

Economic Development, Environmental, State Updates

U.S. led record year for corporate clean energy PPAs in 2018

New findings from BloombergNEF (BNEF) show “corporations globally bought a record amount of clean energy through power purchase agreements (PPAs) in 2018, shattering the previous record set in 2017,” nawindpower.com reports. BNEF’s “1H 2019 Corporate Energy Market Outlook” showed 121 corporations in 21 countries signed a combined 13.4 gigawatts (GW) of clean energy contracts, compared to 6.1 GW in 2017. “More than 60% of the global activity in 2018 occurred in the U.S., where companies signed PPAs to purchase 8.5 GW of clean energy, representing nearly triple the amount signed in 2017,” the article reports. For more, read the full article.

Environmental, Federal Updates, Renewable Energy

Cincinnati Council members propose changes to tax abatement criteria

Three members of Cincinnati City Council are asking for more information on how the city grants tax incentives and whether the city should add requirements for affordable housing and environmental standards to those tax incentives, CityBeat reports. Council members Tamaya Dennard, Greg Landsman and Wendell Young introduced a motion in an effort to “both continue to incentivize development in Cincinnati while making sure people who live in the city’s neighborhoods benefit from it and aren’t displaced by changes coming to various communities” including rapidly developing Over-the-Rhine and others. Some specific changes to the city’s abatement policy “could include requiring LEED Gold or Platinum certification” as opposed to the currently required Silver, “and requiring residential developments seeking abatements to provide some units affordable to those with lower income levels.” For more, read the full article

Economic Development, Energy Efficiency, Environmental, Financial Incentives

Central Ohio’s air-quality improvements lead Ohio EPA to seek federal redesignation of status

Improvements in central Ohio’s air quality in recent years are leading the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to seek federal redesignation of the area to “attainment status for meeting National Ambient Air Quality Standards,” The Columbus Dispatch reports. Record levels of precipitation helped central Ohio achieve “mostly good air-quality days” in 2018, according to an annual report published by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC). The Ohio EPA “told MORPC that preliminary data for 2016–2018 shows central Ohio’s air pollution concentrations are at 69 parts per billion — just below the current federal limit of 70 ppb,” according to the article. Central Ohio had three days that “exceeded federal ozone limits for sensitive groups during the 2018 season,” and had zero days of unhealthy particle pollution days for sensitive groups. For more, read the full article.

Environmental, State Updates

Water Infrastructure Improvement Act grants new tools to municipalities

Local governments have “new statutory tools to affordably confront the expensive infrastructure challenges of stormwater, wastewater and other water resource improvement goals,” since the President signed the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act (WIIA), McMahon DeGulis LLP reports. The WIIA adds a new section to the Clean Water Act incorporating US EPA’s 2012 Integrated Planning Framework into law. Additionally, it “allows a local government to incorporate its Integrated Plan into NPDES permits,” usually a more flexible route than being subjected to a federal consent decree. The WIIA also requires local affordability to be considered in developing CWA compliance schedules. These changes make Integrated Plans “an essential tool for local governments to manage their Clean Water Act compliance and infrastructure renewal.” For more, read the full article.

Environmental, Federal Updates
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