More than 100,000 Ohioans work in clean energy jobs, report shows

A report from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) and the Clean Energy Trust shows the clean energy and vehicles sectors currently employ more than 103,400 Ohioans, according to a recent The Hannah Report article. Clean Jobs Midwest’s Ohio Fact Sheet shows “[t]he biggest sector of Ohio’s clean energy industry is energy efficiency, accounting for nearly 71 percent of the region’s clean energy jobs,” at 73,291. The fact sheet also outlines the gains in advanced transportation as “automakers and their suppliers continue to shift to electric vehicles,” noting electric vehicle (EV) jobs grew by 8.9 percent, “and are poised for future growth with supportive policies and significant commitments to EVs by major vehicle manufactures like Ford and GM and their suppliers.” To see the complete Clean Jobs Midwest Ohio Fact Sheet, click here

Energy Efficiency, Environmental, State Updates

Bricker & Eckler to present webinar on Senate Bill 52 and changes to utility scale solar siting in Ohio

Bricker & Eckler energy attorneys Kara Herrnstein and Dylan Borchers will review changes to the utility scale permitting process as a result of Ohio Senate Bill 52 via a webinar, Thursday, August 19, at 10:00 a.m. EDT. This webinar is the first of a multi-part series of webinars over the remainder of 2021 focusing on developments in utility scale solar project permitting in Ohio. Register here >>

Economic Development, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Solar, State Updates

Central Ohio developer plans $20.9M speculative cold storage facility near Rickenbacker

Crawford Hoying plans to invest $20.9 million to build a speculative cold storage office building near Rickenbacker International Airport, Columbus Business First reports. Columbus City Council had a first reading “on a 10-year, 75% Enterprise Zone tax abatement for the project, which is expected to create 10 new full-time office jobs,” according to the article. The proposed tax incentive legislation says the 165,000-square-foot facility “represents a massive private investment in a crucial piece of regional cold storage chain infrastructure and will compete on a national level against facilities located in other states.” The building will use a state-of-the-art refrigeration system “that will save significant amounts of energy and water compared to existing systems.” For more, read the full article.

Economic Development, Energy Efficiency, Financial Incentives, State Updates

Ohio General Assembly passes S.B. 52: Changes to wind and solar siting requirements

On June 28, 2021, the Ohio General Assembly passed Senate Bill (S.B.) 52, which places new requirements on renewable energy development in Ohio and changes to the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) process. The bill is specific to wind and solar development, and does not place new restrictions on other types of energy development. S.B. 52 currently awaits Governor DeWine’s signature and takes effect 90 days after he signs the bill into law. For more, read the full article

Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Solar

Power purchase agreements for school districts

Many of our school district clients have been approached by wind and solar developers over the years about signing a power purchase agreement (PPA). Developers promise to provide electricity at a fixed or reduced cost with no up-front payment, financing, construction or maintenance burdens. Is it too good to be true, they ask? Maybe not. For more, read the full article.

Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Solar

Three Cleveland redevelopment projects approved for financial aid packages

Cleveland City Council approved tax incentives for two redevelopment projects in the city and approved a special assessment for a third project, Cleveland.com reports. Council approved tax increment financing (TIF) valued at $1.7 million over 30 years for the Inspirion Group’s “plans to create more than 400 apartment units” in a $43 million project that will include commercial space on the ground level, according to the article. Mavrek Development also received a tax increment financing package, valued at about $1.2 million over 30 years, for its plans to “build 171 new apartments”; neither TIF deal will affect tax revenues for Cleveland City Schools. Cleveland Rocks Holding, LLC “plans a multifaceted redevelopment of a former Masonic Temple” that will include a rock-climbing gym, other fitness facilities, office and commercial space. Council approved a special assessment “to support green energy installations” for plans to invest about $500,000 in LED lighting, energy efficient controls for heating and air conditioning, among other improvements. For more, read the full article.

Economic Development, Energy Efficiency, Financial Incentives, State Updates

Bricker & Eckler to lead webinar discussion on solar development in Ohio

Bricker & Eckler Energy attorney Kara Herrnstein will lead a webinar discussion, “Let the Sun Shine in Ohio,” for the Women's Energy Network, Wednesday, April 28, at 12:00 p.m. EDT. The webinar will focus on the opportunities, incentives, and challenges of utility-scale and self-generated solar development in Ohio. Register here >>
 

Economic Development, Energy Efficiency, Environmental, Renewable Energy, Solar

Bricker closes Northern Michigan PACE project

Treetops Resort in Otsego County recently closed the first PACE project in Northern Michigan, a transaction over $2.9 million, for a renovation that will include a comprehensive energy efficiency upgrade. Bricker & Eckler, LLP served as counsel to the lender, Inland Green Capital. Barry Owens, Treetops Resort general manager, said the PACE project funding will enable improvements that guests will “not only see — but also feel” and reduce the resort’s carbon footprint. The renovation is expected to save the ski and golf resort over $3.3 million while helping to meet its latest sustainability goals. 

Energy Efficiency, Environmental, Project Finance

Bricker launches solar resource center for developers

In response to the solar development boom throughout Ohio and the broader Great Lakes region, Bricker & Eckler has developed a solar resource center, designed specifically for developers trying to understand the processes, challenges and opportunities related to solar development in the region. The resource center contains Bricker-produced whitepapers, articles, webinars and an interactive map highlighting the firm's representation of power generating facilities (via an Ohio Power Siting Board page). To meet the team of attorneys able to advise you on a full range of solar matters, visit the solar resource center.

Economic Development, Energy Efficiency, Environmental, Renewable Energy, Solar

Bricker & Eckler attorneys to present as part of March 25 Ohio Energy and Electric Utility Regulation Seminar

Six Bricker & Eckler attorneys will be featured as part of HalfMoon Education's live, interactive webinar, "Issues in Ohio Energy and Electric Utility Regulation," Thursday, March 25. Devin Parram and Elyse Akhbari will present "Ohio Power Siting Board" (overview, rulemaking, growth in utility scale solar), while Dylan Borchers and Colin Kalvas will present "Distributed Solar" (overview of options for self-generation, how to achieve green energy, resiliency and financing goals, and PACE financing), and Christy Rideout Schirra, Akhbari, and Chris Furey will lead a discussion on "Utility Scale Solar Projects: Environmental and Real Estate Considerations" (environmental due diligence and permiting considerations, and developing brownfields for solar projects). For more information, visit the registration page.

Economic Development, Energy Efficiency, Environmental, Financial Incentives, Renewable Energy, Solar
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3