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OMA’s Energy Conference Just Days Away

August 31, 2023

There’s still time to register for the Ohio Manufacturers’ Energy Conference, set for Sept. 13 in Westerville. Among the speakers will be Lt. Gov. Jon Husted; Cleveland-Cliffs President and CEO Lourenco Goncalves; and Rick Riggle, chief operating officer of L-H Battery Co. (the joint venture between LG Energy Solution and Honda). See this one-page agenda; then register! 9/1/2023

Solar Legislation Raises Concerns

August 25, 2023

Conversations around energy policy have continued during the summer, even as state lawmakers are in recess. One topic of discussion is a community solar program, proposed by House Bill 197.

A new memo by RunnerStone, the OMA’s energy engineering team, raises concerns that a credit mechanism in HB 197 would shift approximately $60 million per year in costs to non-participating ratepayers. The bill would also force electric distribution utilities to purchase community solar output. Read RunnerStone’s memo. 8/23/2023

3 Ways Manufacturers Can Save on Energy Costs

August 25, 2023

As energy prices continue to rise, Manufacturing Dive reports that manufacturers are weighing potential strategies for reducing costs. According to the publication’s story, experts advise companies to consider conducting an energy audit; revamping equipment and insulation; and transitioning to renewable energy. 8/24/2023

Time to Register for OMA’s Energy Conference

August 25, 2023

Time is running out to register for the Ohio Manufacturers’ Energy Conference, set for Sept. 13 in Westerville. This event features an impressive array of manufacturers and energy industry experts that will provide actionable and timely information.

Among the speakers will be Lt. Gov. Jon Husted; Cleveland-Cliffs President and CEO Lourenco Goncalves; and Rick Riggle, chief operating officer of L-H Battery Co. (joint venture of LG Energy Solution and Honda). See this one-page agenda and this press release. Then register! 8/24/2023

Report: FirstEnergy Settlement Email Is Legit

August 18, 2023

FirstEnergy is issuing refunds to customers as part of a multi-million-dollar class-action settlement related to the House Bill 6 scandal. The class consists of all customers who paid a charge or rate to FirstEnergy and did not opt out of the class.

Media have reported that the email sent to FirstEnergy (Toledo Edison, Cleveland Electric, or Ohio Edison) customers to notify them of a digital payment is legitimate. Visit this site for more information. 8/15/2023

IRA Turns One Year Old; EV Questions Remain

August 18, 2023

The federal Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) turned a year old this week. E&E News reports that many questions remain regarding the law’s long-term effect on the electric vehicle industry and its supply chain.

One study finds that since the enactment of the IRA, private industry has invested $56 billion into the EV ecosystem to build everything from battery materials to charging stations. Ohio has emerged as a leader in EV-related projects, and Northwest Ohio’s 9th Congressional District is the nation’s top congressional district for total EV projects with six.

The OMA recently published this look at how the EV transition is impacting Ohio’s auto sector. 8/17/2023

Gasoline Prices Continue Upward Trend

August 18, 2023

For five consecutive weeks, the U.S. average price of gasoline has climbed, hitting $3.82 per gallon earlier this week, according to data from GasBuddy. The price increases have been fueled largely by OPEC production cuts. In Ohio, gasoline was an average $3.63 as of Aug. 15, according to AAA’s map. 8/15/2023

Messages Detail Cozy Relationship Between Former PUCO Chair, FirstEnergy Execs

August 11, 2023

Newly revealed text messages from 2019 appear to show top FirstEnergy executives at the time discussed payments to Sam Randazzo, who had just been appointed to oversee the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

As the Ohio Capital Journal reports, Randazzo helped draft House Bill 6, which aimed to provide the utility with a $1.3 billion bailout and other benefits. While Randazzo and the former FirstEnergy executives haven’t been charged in the scandal, they “could be the next targets as federal authorities continue their probe,” the story notes. 8/9/2023

Positive Momentum for Renewable Energy Projects

August 4, 2023

The Supreme Court of Ohio recently gave final approval to a permit for a 71-turbine wind farm that would span Huron and Erie counties. Justices unanimously affirmed the Ohio Power Siting Board’s order, with Justice Pat DeWine writing for the court. Read more on this development.

Meanwhile, the power siting board is considering final approval of what would be one of the largest solar farms in the U.S., according to Gongwer News Service. And one of the largest renewable natural gas plants of its kind in North America has commenced operations in Mahoning County. 8/3/2023

U.S. Chamber Criticizes Rules Changes on Energy Permitting

August 4, 2023

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is criticizing the Biden administration’s proposed rules changes to an energy permitting reform plan OK’d by Congress. The rules changes were not part of the reform plan, according to reports. They would update the National Environmental Policy Act by including climate and equity factors impacting how federal agencies execute reviews. 8/2/2023