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

Startup hopes to spur economic growth in Appalachia through recycling battery cells

What happens when one lithium-ion cell in a battery pack goes bad? Even though the battery pack may contain “anywhere from a few to hundreds of lithium-ion cells,” when one of those cells goes bad, “typically the whole battery pack is discarded,” says Roger Wilkins, executive director of the startup Re-POWER Second Life Battery Network of the Athens Energy Institute, The Highland County Press reports. The organization has a plan to recycle lithium-ion battery cells for reuse in other applications; testing and repackaging of the still-good battery cells from electric vehicles and other electronic devices “would take place at a central facility in Appalachia” and then be distributed as a subscription service, according to the article. If the project succeeds, it “could promote job growth in the clean energy sector while supporting a network of local businesses.” For more, read the full article.

Economic Development, Environmental, State Updates

New Franklin County solar farm will supply energy to AEP

American Electric Power affiliate AEP Energy Partners “is finalizing a long-term power purchase agreement [PPA] with New York-based BQ Energy Development LLC for 100% of the 50 megawatts of power that will be generated at the new solar farm it is building at the former Model Landfill site,” Columbus Business First reports. The solar farm will generate enough energy to power 5,000 homes, which AEP Energy will use to meet “both customer demand for renewable energy and future renewable energy needs” from Columbus’s recently passed citywide electric aggregation program proposal, according to the article. Greg Hall, president of AEP Energy, called converting the former landfill to a solar facility a “win-win for the environment and Central Ohio.” For more, read the full article.

Environmental, Renewable Energy, Solar, State Updates

Hillsboro farm goes solar with 60-panel rooftop installation

The Rhoads family farm east of Hillsboro is harvesting sunlight to power farm operations, including two houses and a barn, through 60 rooftop solar panels installed on the barn, The Highland County Press reports. Rich Rhoads said the family worked with a company that finances the system for 20 years and also help clients increase energy efficiency through attic insulation, attic solar fans, water-heater insulation and LED light bulbs, according to the article. Rhoads “also pointed out that the federal government offers a tax credit for homeowners switching to solar energy, to help offset some of the costs.” Rhoads said the family believes helping the environment and potentially saving money in the long term is a “win-win.” For more, read the full article.

Energy Efficiency, Environmental, Financial Incentives, Renewable Energy, Solar

Car manufacturers broadening EV lineups to include more SUVs, trucks

The electric vehicle (EV) market is growing not only in market segment, but in the size and variety of models manufacturers are gearing up to produce, the Business Journal Daily reports. Automakers are preparing to “begin offering full-size SUVs and pickup trucks” as part of their EV lineups, according to the article. The Endurance pickup from Lordstown Motors Corp. “is expected to hit the market next year,” with 40,000 already on pre-order. Tesla reported it has 650,000 preorders for its Cybertruck, and Ford Motor Co. “will be rolling out electric versions of its venerable F-150 and Mustang lines, the latter of which will be as an all-new SUV version.” General Motors (GM) is reviving its Hummer nameplate as an electric-powered GMC truck. GM announced “a five-year, $20 billion commitment to its electric lineup,” including the $2.3 billion Lordstown plant that will produce batteries for all its electric vehicles “as well as a Honda model.” For more, read the full article.

Environmental, Federal Updates

Dayton area expected to add more EV charging stations with EPA funding

Electric vehicle drivers in the Dayton area may soon have more places to “fill up” thanks to an effort led by the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC), the Dayton Daily News reports. “Eighteen new sites in 11 communities could be added to the dozens of publicly accessible Level 2 charging stations” if the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awards funds to the MVRPC proposal, according to the article. The state agency will disburse $3.25 million from a settlement with Volkswagen over Clean Air Act violations (see our July 27, 2020 blog post). MVRPC Executive Director Brian Martin said, “[v]isible, publicly accessible EV charging serves to encourage consumers to consider plug-in vehicles” by making charging more convenient. For more, read the full article

Environmental, State Updates

Ohio EPA virtual public hearing on amended rules for power plant efficiency

On Friday, October 16, 2020, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a virtual public hearing about proposed changes to rules that address power plant efficiency, according to a news release. During the hearing, “the public may submit written comments on the record about the proposed amendments to the rules,” according to the release. The proposed new rules “are being developed to comply with U.S. EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule,” which mandates “the development of enforceable performance standards based on the application of technologies and methods” determined to be the Best System of Emission Reduction (BSER) for reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Citizens who want to participate in the meeting must register in advance. For more, read the full release.

Energy Efficiency, Environmental, State Updates
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