Posts Authored by Zachary D. Eddy

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

Energy innovation center will anchor OSU’s west campus innovation district

A multi-phase project to create an Energy Advancement and Innovation Center at The Ohio State University (OSU) “could be the glue” that holds the school’s emerging west campus innovation district together, Columbus Business First reports. The project was part of the bidding process for OSU’s energy management partnership with Engie and Axium (see our April 12, 2017 blog post). Serdar Tufekci, CEO of Ohio State Energy Partners — an entity formed by OSU and Engie — said “the innovation district is the ‘perfect fit’” for what his group wants to accomplish, “a place to take the research ideas from the Interdisciplinary Research Facility and ‘turn them into innovative products or processes that can have an impact.” For more, read the full article

Energy Efficiency, 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

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

Briefing on solar energy development set for Champaign and Miami Counties

The Clark and Miami County Farm Bureau Board of Trustees and Public Policy Action Team will sponsor a special briefing on solar energy development Monday, March 25, at the Champaign County Community Center, the Troy Daily News reports. Champaign and Miami County Farm Bureau members are invited to attend. Dale Arnold, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Director for Energy, Utility and Local Government Issues, will facilitate the meeting. Arnold will discuss “potential solar energy generation evaluation activities in the area, energy market trends, remediation standards, as well as regulatory agencies governing different types of energy development,” according to the article. For more, read the full article

Renewable Energy, State Updates

OPSB authorizes fourth wind farm for Paulding County

Paulding County’s fourth wind farm is expected to be completed and operating by the end of 2019, The Van Wert Independent reports. The Ohio Power Siting Board authorized Paulding Wind Farm IV LLC to construct the 37-turbine Timber Road IV Wind Farm near Payne, according to the article. The wind farm will have “a total generating capacity of up to 125.1 megawatts,” and will connect to the regional transmission grid via underground electric collection lines. Paulding Wind Farm IV “is expected to bring in more than $1 million in additional revenues to the county.” For more, read the full article.

Economic Development, Renewable Energy, State Updates

Non-utility customers purchase record amount of wind power in 2018

Fortune 500 companies “and a range of other non-utility entities, including cities and universities,” purchased a record amount of wind power capacity in 2018, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)’s fourth-quarter report. Nawindpower.com reports that AWEA’s U.S. Wind Industry Fourth Quarter 2018 Market Report shows customers “such as AT&T, Walmart, ExxonMobil and Shell Energy” purchased “a record 4,203 MW of wind power capacity in 2018 through power purchase agreements (PPAs).” Utilities “signed contracts for 4,304 MW of wind power in 2018”; combined with non-utility purchases, 2018 had a record-level high PPA activity of 8,507 MW. For more, read the full article

Renewable Energy

DP&L seeks PUCO approval for $576M Distribution Modernization Plan

Dayton Power & Light Co. (DP&L) plans to invest $576 million in capital projects “to transform its electric grid” over the next decade, the Dayton Business Journal reports. DP&L’s proposal would allow the utility “to prepare for the integration of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and distributed energy resources into its grid, including community solar, energy storage and microgrids,” according to the article. The company says its Distribution Modernization Plan “will transform the electric grid into a system that uses information and communications technologies to allow our customers to experience personalized, innovative, and seamless energy services.” Investments “will also create a ‘self-healing’ grid, allowing DP&L to isolate problems automatically and re-route power around the problem without noticeable interruption of service to customers.” For more, read the full article

Economic Development, Renewable Energy, State Updates

OSU-area hotel making $16M in energy efficiency upgrades with PACE financing

The Marriott Hotel & Residence Inn on Olentangy River Road near The Ohio State University main campus will get $16.3 million in energy efficiency upgrades funded through Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing, Columbus Business First reports. The financing, which was the largest publicly announced C-PACE transaction in the United States in 2018 (see our December 14, 2018 blog post), will fund “a comprehensive building envelope upgrade, lighting improvements and other efficiency measures,” according to the article. The upgrades “are expected to save significant energy costs for the hotel in coming years.” For more, read the full article.

Energy Efficiency, Project Finance

UC Clermont College now 100% powered by wind energy

A three-year energy agreement with American Electric Power means the University of Cincinnati Clermont College is “now 100 percent wind-powered,” according to an article on the school’s website. The agreement, which began in October 2018, “covers energy provided for UC Clermont College, UC Blue Ash and the university’s satellite sites,” the article reports. The move “will save the equivalent in CO2 emissions of 3,683 homes’ electricity use for one year,” and is projected to save the college approximately $25,000 annually. For more, read the full article

Environmental, Renewable Energy, State Updates
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