Columbus Business First unpacks Bricker’s Energy Exchange event, EV charging station

Spotlighting the future state of electric vehicles both in Central Ohio and statewide, Columbus Business First summarized the recent discussion that took place at Bricker & Eckler’s May 9, 2019, "Energy Exchange" event. The event, hosted by the firm’s energy attorneys for industry professionals, focused this time around on electric vehicles and their potential to propel Ohio as a nationwide leader in advanced and renewable technology.

How electric vehicles could change Ohio’s power grid” illustrates that electric vehicle adoption and usage is on the rise in Ohio. A few catalysts to this increase include the availability of convenient charging stations, funding incentives for both vehicles and charging stations and decreasing costs of the technology. Locally, enhancing the appeal of “going electric” has been a collaborative effort. Participating in a panel discussion at the event were representatives from the Ohio House of Representatives, Smart Columbus and ChargePoint, all of whom described the importance of both public and private investment to continue development in this area.

At the conclusion of the event, Bricker tangibly demonstrated its commitment to supporting the growth of electric vehicles in downtown Columbus, announcing that the firm will install an electric vehicle charging station on its property this summer. Bricker is the first Ohio law firm to do so and hopes this endeavor will encourage other businesses to join the effort to advance this technology for local citizens.

Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Smart Cities

Bricker & Eckler becomes first Ohio law firm with EV charging station

Bricker & Eckler is the first law firm in the state to install an electric vehicle charging station on its property. The firm’s EV charging station, deployed by ChargePoint, will be located among several parking spaces at the rear of the building. Employees, as well as client guests, will be permitted to use the station during business hours. Outside of regular business hours and on weekends, the station will be available for public use. The installation of Bricker & Eckler’s EV charging station is scheduled for Summer 2019 and will be operational shortly after. Read more >>

Economic Development, Renewable Energy, Smart Cities

Historic Dayton Arcade revitalization project is underway

With this week’s financial closings, the historic Dayton Arcade revitalization project is underway. For more, read the full article

Economic Development, Financial Incentives, Project Finance, Renewable Energy

Hearings for 212-MW Seneca Wind Farm suspended

Seneca Wind, LLC and the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) filed a joint motion earlier this month to suspend both the local public hearing and the evidentiary hearing for the proposed Seneca Wind Farm (see our February 18, 2019 blog post), the Norwalk Reflector reports. In the filing, attorneys for Seneca Wind LLC said the developer needs more time “to provide siting board staffers the information needed to complete their pre-construction investigation,” according to an article in The Toledo Blade. A new hearing schedule will be established at a later date. For more, read the full Norwalk Reflector and Toledo Blade articles.

Renewable Energy, 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

OPSB approves 150-MW Willowbrook Solar Farm construction

State regulators recently approved a project to construct a new, 150-megawatt (MW) solar farm in southwest Ohio, The Columbus Dispatch reports. The Willowbrook Solar farm “will consist of arrays of solar panels on up to 1,726 acres in Eagle Township in Brown County and Concord and White Oak townships in Highland County,” the article reports. Construction is expected to begin this year, with the farm becoming operational in early 2021. For more, read the full article.

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

Two Cincinnati-area health care firms awarded $11.7M in clean-air financing

The Ohio Air Quality Development Authority approved $11.7 million in clean air financing in awards to two Greater Cincinnati health care companies, the Cincinnati Business Courier reports. Both firms will use “property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing in coordination with their lenders,” according to the article. JZB Realty Holdings Co. “received approval for up to $4.7 million in PACE financing for energy efficiency improvements and the addition of a solar array” on the roof of Forest Hills Care Center in Anderson Township. Clermont Health Realty “was approved for up to $7 million for energy efficiency financing” that will be used for an HVAC system, lighting, windows and other features of a new skilled nursing facility in Amelia. For more, read the full article

Energy Efficiency, Financial Incentives, Renewable Energy, State Updates

Republic Wind Farm adjudicatory hearing rescheduled for June 3, 2019

The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) “has rescheduled the adjudicatory hearing regarding Republic Wind LLC’s application” to construct the proposed 200-megawatt Republic Wind Farm in Seneca and Sandusky counties, The Advertiser-Tribune reports. The hearing will be held June 3, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. The OPSB rescheduled the hearing “in response to a motion filed by a group of local residents, who are a party to the case,” according to the article. The purpose of the adjudicatory hearing “is to allow formal parties to the case to present prefiled testimony and evidence, and to cross-examine other parties’ witnesses.” For more, read the full article

Economic Development, Renewable Energy, 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
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