MORPC and Dublin Support Senate Bill that Promotes Energy and Cost Savings

November 19, 2015

MORPC has a long history of working with local residents, governments, and manufacturers to not only ensure we are being energy efficient as a region, but to help save on energy costs.

Now, as legislation makes its way through the Statehouse on Energy Special Improvement Districts (E-SIDs), MORPC and the City of Dublin are speaking about the importance of energy improvement projects and how our local governments can use them to share services with one another.

At a Statehouse hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, MORPC Energy and Air Quality Director Christina O’Keeffe and Dublin Development Director Donna Goss testified in support of Senate Bill 185. The bill promotes the utilization of energy saving projects through Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing and E-SIDs to reduce wasted energy and lower operating costs.

“The goal is to create a regional tool that serves economic development efforts specific to infill redevelopment opportunities of commercial and industrial properties,” said O’Keeffe.  “This effort stems from the leadership of our member local governments to streamline the way we do business for more cost-effective energy projects throughout the region.”

Local governments, such as Dublin, would benefit from this legislation by having access to another creative and valuable financing tool. Furthermore, the law will no longer require those who are joining together in a regional E-SID to be contiguous with one another – meaning more shared services across multiple jurisdictions. That’s a win-win for everyone.

“Energy issues are a top concern for our businesses and residents,” said Dublin’s Development Director Donna Goss. “This tool will improve market demands for property owners in Dublin and advance economic development throughout the region.”

MORPC is excited to work with member communities on this initiative and leverage its experts, including O’Keeffe, who leads a staff of more than 25 technical and programmatic professionals to deliver more than $6 million in federal, state and private funds. Their work in connecting local governments, businesses, and residents to financial and program resources in many program areas, including energy, will continue to benefit Central Ohio for years to come.

SB 185 is being deliberated over in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and MORPC staff will continue to keep an informed eye on the legislation as it progresses.