ENERGY CREDIT HEARING
A city council public hearing on Renewable Energy Credits will be held in council chambers, 85 South Main St., at 6 p.m. on May 16.
Council wants public input on whether to use the credits to rebate utility customers, invest in clean energy and electrical infrastructure, or a combination of those options.
The credits represent the property rights to renewable energy with each representing 1,000 kilowatt hours, or one megawatt hour, according to the federal Environmental Protection Agency. A megawatt — one million watts — provides energy to about 600 homes annually.
Created in the 1990s, RECs are used to encourage and track renewable energy use and sales and can be bundled or sold seperately from the electricity generated from the renewable source. Through swaps of higher-priced RECs for lower-priced ones, Oberlin’s RECs are expected to be worth about $2.6 million by year’s end.
Costs for litigation over the Oberlin’s attempt to annex the Lorain County JVS are increasing.
City council members on May 2 approved paying $100,000 to Cleveland-based O’Toole, McLaughlin, Dooley and Pecora. The law firm previously received $50,000. Law director Jon Clark, a member of the firm, left the room during the vote.
Acting city manager Sal Talarico said Oberlin is “struggling in getting information we need from the JVS and we don’t anticipate that will end any time soon.”
Glenn Faircloth, Lorain County JVS superintendent, said the school has cooperated with its lawyers to provide information to Oberlin promptly. Jennifer Flint, an attorney with Bricker & Ecker, which represents the school, said her firm has made all legal filing deadlines for the case.
NEW SCHOOL SESSION
Costs for a proposed new elementary school replacing Eastwood and Prospect elementary schools and a new middle and high school will be discussed by Oberlin board of education members in a work session in the board meeting room, 218 North Pleasant St., at 6 p.m Tuesday.
The session is part of planning before board members decide whether to place an approximately 5-mill bond issue for a $16.5 million new PK-5 school on the November ballot.