Posts Authored by Zachary D. Eddy

DOE funding projects to develop next-gen wind turbine drivetrain technologies

Four projects that “will develop more efficient, smaller and lighter-weight generators” for wind turbines “to lower costs and make wind power more affordable” will receive funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), nawindpower.com reports. The DOE has “selected four projects totaling up to $8 million to develop next-generation wind turbine drivetrain technologies for onshore and offshore applications,” according to the article. Two projects, by ABB Inc. of Raleigh, NC, and WEG Energy Corp. of Duluth, GA, “are developing direct-drive permanent-magnet designs.” The other two, by American Superconductor Corp. of Ayer, MA, and GE Research of Niskayuna, NY, “will develop superconducting generators.” The DOE will select one project “to receive up to $6.4 million to build and test a scaled prototype of the generator on a wind turbine.” For more, read the full article.

Federal Updates, Project Finance, Renewable Energy

Ohio House energy reform bill: “most significant rewrite” of energy laws in over a decade

A bill to create the Ohio Clean Air Program would enact the biggest changes to the state’s energy laws in more than 10 years, providing “incentives to build and maintain power plants that have zero or reduced emissions of carbon dioxide,” The Columbus Dispatch reports. House Bill 6 “would impose a monthly fee of 50 cents in 2020 and $2.50 after that on the electric bill of residential consumers,” with commercial and industrial users paying more. The bill “would eliminate charges averaging $4.39 per month” designed to help consumers reduce electricity consumption, thereby resulting in net savings for those customers. The new monthly fees would generate an expected $300 million annually by 2021; the Ohio Air Quality Board “would determine how the money is shared among the state’s power companies.” For more, read the full article.

Environmental, State Updates

Medina looking to create ESID to enable PACE financing

An Energy Special Improvement District (ESID) could be up and running in Medina by the summer, allowing businesses to use Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, The Gazette reports. Medina Economic Development Director Kimberly Marshall and Medina County Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Bethany Dentler have been working on creating an ESID board “that would oversee projects funded through a PACE lender,” according to the article. Marshall “said she’s been approached by a couple of businesses interested in PACE financing,” and Dentler said PACE financing is “gaining popularity in the state of Ohio. . . . We want to use this tool.” For more, read the full article.

Economic Development, Project Finance, 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

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
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