Posts Authored by Dylan F. Borchers

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

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

AEP Ohio installing 96,000 smart meters in Canton area

AEP Ohio is replacing more than 96,000 analog electric meters in the Canton area with “smart meters,” which provide real-time meter readings, eliminate estimated bills and alert AEP of power outages more quickly, CantonRep.com reports. AEP spokesperson Jessica Wright said the smart meters provide “secure transfer of a customer’s usage information for billing and operational purposes” and eliminate the need for utility workers to visit customers’ properties to read the meter, according to the article. AEP “joined the Green Button initiative, an industry and federal government effort to make energy use information more accessible to customers.” For more, read the full article

Miscellaneous, 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

Solon will use $89K NOPEC grant for municipal facility upgrades

The city of Solon received a 2019 Energized Community Grant from Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) for “nearly $89,000,” which it will use to “assist with municipal efficiency upgrades,” Cleveland.com reports. That money “will be added to the roughly $92,000 Energized Community Grant awarded by NOPEC late last year,” the article reports. City Finance Director Matt Rubino said Solon anticipates applying the combined $181,000 toward “new LED lighting and various equipment upgrades like heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and other building systems.” For more, read the full article.

Energy Efficiency, Project Finance, State Updates

NOPEC grant will fund energy upgrades for Madison Township facilities

Madison Township will use part of a Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) grant to purchase and install energy efficient replacement windows in the Bill Stanton Community Park banquet hall, The News-Herald reports. The township received a $47,362 NOPEC Energized Community grant for 2019, and “has a $31,000 carryover from the same program last year,” according to the article. Money from the grant will also be used to install “a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit for the township Administration Building.” For more, read the full article.

 

Energy Efficiency, Project Finance

Tallmadge joins Akron-Summit County ESID

Businesses and organizations in the city of Tallmadge “now have the opportunity to borrow money to pay for energy improvement projects and then repay the loan through a special assessment,” MyTownNEO reports. Tallmadge City Council recently approved making the city a member of the Akron-Summit County Energy Special Improvement District (ESID). Businesses, non-profits and governmental agencies in the ESID can fund energy upgrades to lighting, heating and air conditioning, roofing and other systems and repay the loan through an assessment against the property. For more, read the full article.

Energy Efficiency, Project Finance

Fairview Park awarded $68K grant for energy efficiency improvements

The city of Fairview Park was recently awarded a $68,400 Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) grant “for energy efficiency and/or energy infrastructure projects in the community,” Cleveland.com reports. Director of Public Service and Development Shawn Leininger said there are “a number of energy efficiency improvement projects” the city is considering, including lighting improvements or more energy-efficient doors and windows for the service garage. The city also received a NOPEC grant in 2018; that $70,000 is going toward the Senior Center’s $554,000 roof replacement. For more, read the full article.

Energy Efficiency, Project Finance
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