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

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

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

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

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

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

AEP’s planned Highland County solar farms a welcome boost for southern Ohio

Development, business and construction leaders across Appalachia rallied in support at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO)’s first public hearing on AEP’s plan to build two solar farms in Highland County, Columbus Business First reports. The 300-megawatt (MW) Highland Solar Farm, if completed, would be the largest in Ohio. AEP says constructing that farm and the 100-MW Willowbrook Solar Farm “would bring $24 million in new state tax revenue and $6.7 million in local tax revenue,” while construction “would support 4,000 jobs, including 113 permanent manufacturing jobs in the solar supply chain,” according to the article. The Columbus Dispatch reports “witnesses from economic-development and environmental groups . . . testified about the need for jobs in a region of the state that has been struggling economically, and the value of moving away from fossil fuels to renewable sources.” For more, read the full Columbus Business First and Columbus Dispatch articles. 

Economic Development, Environmental, Renewable Energy, State Updates
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