Posts Authored by Dylan F. Borchers

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,” 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,” 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

Seneca Wind hearing rescheduled for April 23, 2019

The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) has rescheduled a local public hearing regarding Seneca Wind LLC’s application to construct a wind farm in Seneca County, The Advertiser-Tribune reports. The hearing will take place April 23, 2019 at 3:00 p.m., according to the article. The purpose of the hearing “is to allow interested persons in the project area, who are not parties to the case, to provide testimony regarding the project,” an OPSB news release said. The proposed 212-megawatt Seneca Wind Farm (see our October 3, 2018 blog post) “would be situated on about 56,900 acres of leased private land.” For more information or to make public comments before the hearing, click here and search case number 18-0488-EL-BGN. For more, read the full article

Renewable Energy, State Updates

Seneca Wind project developer opens Tiffin office

Utah-based sPower, the wind farm developer behind the proposed 212-megawatt Seneca Wind farm, has opened an office in downtown Tiffin, The Toledo Blade reports. Seneca Wind “is one of two major wind farms planned for the Seneca County area,” and sPower “said the turbines it wants to install will provide enough clean energy to power almost 60,000 homes each year,” according to the article. The state certified the wind farm “as a qualified energy project in September, establishing a fixed payment in lieu of taxes throughout the operational life of the project.” The Ohio Power Siting Board has not scheduled a date for a final decision on the project. Seneca County Commissioner Shayne Thomas said sPower’s local office “will grow into hundreds of millions of dollars in new investment across the county.” For more, read the full article

Economic Development, Renewable Energy, State Updates

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

Laketran becomes member of Ohio Clean Energy Jobs Alliance

Public transit agency Laketran has joined the Ohio Clean Energy Jobs Alliance, a group “seeking a public policy solution that will allow the Perry Nuclear Power Plant to avoid its decommissioning (see our November 14, 2018 blog post),” The News-Herald reports. Laketran CEO Ben Capelle said, “[e]lectricity is the future energy source for all ground transportation, including buses,” noting that the federal government “is prioritizing electric bus infrastructure to reduce emissions and lower the cost of providing transit service,” according to the article. Fueling buses with nuclear-based power “allows the entire energy pipeline to be emissions-free.” Laketran, the “first transit system in the state to deploy zero-emissions electric vehicles,” plans to electrify its entire Local Route system. For more, read the full article

Environmental, Renewable Energy, State Updates

GreenGen to upgrade energy efficiency at three Ohio GSA facilities

An Energy Savings Performance Contract awarded to Green Generation (GreenGen) will help three Ohio General Services Administration (GSA) facilities reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, the Cincinnati Business Courier reports. GreenGen was “awarded a Task Order to design and install energy efficiency upgrades” including interior/exterior LED lighting and RTU and split system equipment replacement at the facilities, according to the article. The $1,059,000 contract “will be financed over a 12-year term,” and will “guarantee minimum first year savings of $83,623 and provide for $1.37 million in energy and cost savings for the US government during the contract term while improving the environment.”

Energy Efficiency, Environmental, State Updates

Study shows wind and solar falling below conventional generation costs

Financial advisory and asset management firm Lazard Ltd.’s annual studies comparing costs of various generation technologies shows “in some scenarios, alternative energy costs have decreased to . . . at or below the marginal cost of conventional generation,” reports. George Bilicic, vice chairman and global Head of Lazard’s Power, Energy & Infrastructure Group, said, “we have reached an inflection point where, in some cases, it is more cost-effective to build and operate new alternative energy projects than to maintain existing conventional generation plants,” the article reports. According to Bilicic, “storage remains the key to solving the problem of intermittency.” Lazard’s Levelized Cost of Storage Analysis “shows significant cost declines across most energy storage use cases and technologies.” For more, read the full article

Renewable Energy
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