OAQDA Spring 2020 AirFocus Newsletter

Director's Corner

I hope this newsletter finds you all safe and healthy. Like most of you, OAQDA is doing our part to “flatten the curve” during this unprecedented time, and our team is continuing to monitor the situation with COVID-19 closely and will remain teleworking until Gov. DeWine and Dr. Acton deem it safe to return to the office.

In the meantime, I want to assure you that we continue to move forward supporting Ohio companies as they work to institute cleaner, more energy efficient solutions to protect our air and environment.

Last month, we held our March Authority meeting, where the board approved $10 million in financing for five projects throughout Ohio. This financing will make these projects more efficient and they are good for business and good for the people of Ohio.

In addition, there were a total of eight projects that were approved and are in the process of closing on financing during the first quarter of 2020. I look forward to sharing their successes with you along the way.

I also look forward to a time in the near future when we are able to resume hosting ribbon-cutting events and celebrating the economic and environmental achievements of our valued partners in person. Until that time, we are here to continue offering you the great level of service you have come to expect from OAQDA. Please contact us at with any questions or concerns. Please know, we are in this together.

I also encourage you to visit coronavirus.ohio.gov to stay up to date on the pandemic as we all work to limit the spread.

Be well and stay safe,

Christina O’Keeffe
Executive Director


New Project Announcements

The Authority approved $10 million in financing for five projects throughout Ohio in March. Below are some of the approved projects. For a full list, please visit ohioairquality.ohio.gov/OAQDA-News.  Congratulations to all the recipients!
  • 921 Chatham Lane (Franklin County) is a commercial office building in Columbus that leases office space to professional organizations. The company was approved for up to $1.35 million in financing to replace the lighting system, HVAC and Building Automation System, as well as install a new solar photovoltaic array. The updated lighting and HVAC systems will reduce the total energy consumption of the building, and the new solar array will generate electricity for on-site consumption, reducing the amount of energy required from the local utility grid. 
  • Clermont Health Realty (Clermont County) is part of Premier Health Care Management, a family-owned and operated health care provider in operation since 1998. Clermont will use up to $6 million in OAQDA financing toward construction of a 109,000-square-foot, 113-bed skilled nursing facility providing rehabilitation and assisted living spaces. The new facility will include LED lighting, energy efficient windows, a white reflective roof, variable refrigerant flow HVAC, high-efficient domestic hot water system, solar panels and improvements to the insulation. The new nursing facility will employ 150 full-time positions.
  • Tomco Machining, Inc. (Montgomery County), located in Springboro, Ohio, is a manufacturer of precision duct-type and tubular assemblies for the aerospace industry and other specialized industries. The company was approved for up to $1.9 million in bond financing from OAQDA to construct a new 24,000-square-foot manufacturing plant complete with energy efficient improvements and an onsite solar PV system that exceeds existing energy codes for new construction.
Approved Projects
The following projects, highlighted in color on the map, were approved during the first quarter of 2020 and join hundreds of active projects throughout the state that OAQDA has financed.  Congratulations to all recipients!

Applications Approved for Nuclear and Renewable General Funds

At the March 23 meeting, the Authority approved the recipients of the new Nuclear and Renewable Generation Fund as prescribed in Amended House Bill 6 by the 133rd General Assembly.

The program, which is administered by OAQDA, issues credits to nuclear and renewable energy resources for each megawatt-hour of electricity generated in their facilities. Reporting on the approved facilities began on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 and will occur on a quarterly basis.

Projects approved for the Renewable Generation Fund:
  • Highland Solar (Highland County) is a 300-megawatt solar-powered electric generation facility operated by Hecate Energy Highland LLC.
  • Hillcrest Solar (Brown County) is a 200-megawatt solar project operated by Innergex Renewable Development USA, LLC.
  • Willowbrook Solar I, LLC (Highland and Brown Counties) is a 150-megawatt solar-powered electric generation facility owned by RWE Solar Development, LLC.
 Projects approved for the Nuclear Generation Fund: 
  • Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station* (Ottawa County) is a nuclear power plant near Oak Harbor.
  • Perry Nuclear Power Plant* (Lake County) is a nuclear power plant located on Lake Erie.

    *Both facilities are owned by Energy Harbor Nuclear Generation, LLC, previously known as FirstEnergy Nuclear Generation, LLC.

Rules Changing for Small Business Assistance Program

We’re going through the process of modifying the administrative rules of the Clean Air Resource Center, which is our small business assistance program. The program was created to serve Ohio's small businesses and make clean air compliance more affordable. Since 1996, OAQDA has helped numerous neighborhood businesses throughout Ohio improve air quality for their community, create a healthier environment for their employees, and do so affordably and easily.

The Authority incorporated changes into existing rules based on stakeholder feedback and welcomed public comments regarding the proposed rule through the Common Sense Initiative (CSI) process until March 18, 2020. 

Next, the rules were recently filed with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR), which involves a public hearing scheduled for May 11, 2020. For more information, please visit ohioairquality.ohio.gov/Rules.

Congratulations to Christina O’Keeffe: 40 Under 40 Honoree

The OAQDA team has some exciting news to share! Executive Director Christina O’Keeffe has been selected by Columbus Business First as an honoree for this year’s 40 Under 40 designation. This is a prestigious recognition that honors some of the most impactful leaders in central Ohio. The 2020 class will be highlighted in the May 29 issue of Business First and later will be celebrated during a September gala.
Congratulations Christina!

Did you Know?

At OAQDA, we strive to make the application process as streamlined as possible and are committed to helping Ohio businesses navigate each step along the way. Below is a helpful graphic to explain the process as well as our ongoing efforts to measure and verify project performance.
If interested in learning about how OAQDA can be helpful for your project, then please give us a call to get started at (614) 466-6825. We look forward to hearing from you!
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