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South Euclid, OH council considers resolution setting clean energy goals

South Euclid, OH council considers resolution setting clean energy goals
SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio — City Council heard the first reading Monday (Nov. 25) of a resolution that establishes a goal for the city’s government to use 100 percent clean energy by 2025 and a goal for the community as whole to be doing the same by 2035.

The resolution’s language states that 139 U.S. cities, including Cleveland and Cincinnati, have already adopted 100 percent clean energy goals, and six U.S. cities have already hit the target of using energy from non-polluting and renewable sources.

Renewable energy includes energy derived from wind, solar, wave technology, biogas and hydroelectric or geothermal means.

Community Services Director Keith Benjamin said he and Councilman-at-Large Marty Gelfand attended the Local Governments Clean Energy Caucus in Lakewood on Nov. 19.

“Several local governments were represented,” Benjamin said of the caucus. “Lakewood has already had introduced and passed a resolution like this.

“One very easy way to (use only clean energy) right now would be for the city — or any city or any resident who is utilizing NOPEC — to use the option of only purchasing energy from clean energy sources — wind or solar, or another source.

“You would go to NOPEC (Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council) and sign up — they have an option. It costs a little bit more, but not a lot. If you think this is important, you can sign up,” Benjamin said.

“It doesn’t change how you get electricity to your house — you’re not putting up solar panels — but through NOPEC you are purchasing clean energy. Right now, that is available.

“Over the course of time, If more people do it, it will create a greater demand for these energies,” Benjamin said. “We’re (South Euclid City Council) in beginning conversations. We’re not mandating that anybody has to do this.”

In addition to Gelfand, the resolution’s other sponsors are Ward 3 Councilwoman Sara Continenza and Ward 4 Councilwoman Jane Goodman. The resolution states that “South Euclid’s commitment to 100 percent clean energy will create good local jobs, reduce air pollution and other health risks, and save consumers money.”

A council committee meeting to further discuss the resolution will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 16 at South Euclid City Hall, 1349 S. Green Road.

Burger King drive-thru meeting scheduled

The city’s Board of Zoning Appeals will meet at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 to discuss the issue of whether a drive-thru should be permitted at a proposed Mayfield Road Burger King.

Developers seeking to build a Burger King in front of Marc’s Plaza, in what is now a grassy area at 4525 Mayfield Road, began their quest to do so in January 2018. The city’s Planning & Zoning Commission and City Council turned down the request last year for various reasons.

After taking the matter to court, Carrols Corp. again this year is seeking approval of a drive-thru, which the corporation states is necessary for a successful Burger King to operate.

The Planning & Zoning Commission, police and fire departments, and Building Commissioner Laura Heilman worked out a list of 12 conditions that the developer must meet in order for a drive-thru to be approved. Six of those conditions must get BZA approval. Those conditions will be the topic of the Dec. 10 BZA meeting.

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City Council has set a goal for South Euclid to use only clean energy by 2025. Also, the annual City Hall holiday lighting event and Pets Light Up Our Lives ceremony will take place Dec. 1.





Ed. Central Ohio renewable energy effort:

The City of Columbus –
Renewable Energy

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Office of Sustainability
910 Dublin Road
Columbus, OH 43215

Alana Shockey
Assistant Director, Sustainability
Phone: (614) 645-7157

David R. Celebrezze
GreenSpot Coordinator
Phone: (614) 645-6703

Jeff Ortega
Sustainable Columbus Coordinator
Phone: (614) 645-8995

Jenna Tipaldi
Climate Advisor
Phone: (614) 645-8116

RENEWABLE ENERGY Fossil fuels provide a comfortable and convenient lifestyle providing the energy necessary to operate computers, watch television, regulate building temperature, and more.  However, there is a cost for these benefits including depletion of natural resources, pollution and climate change, to name just a few.  The following renewable energy programs were initiated to reduce the impact of the city and its residents on the environment as we go about the everyday activities of life.


As waste naturally breaks down it creates gas that can be recovered and used to generate electricity.  The City of Columbus and its partners have several examples of this technology:

  • Jackson Pike Waste Water Treatment Plant, Department of Public Utilities: As waste water enters the City of Columbus treatment facility it moves through a series of steps in order to discharge clean water back into the environment.  As part of this process, waste material (or sludge) is broken down by bacteria that generate methane gas which is then used onsite as fuel for processing and heating boilers as well as auxiliary fuel incineration.
  • Franklin County Landfill, SWACO :  When Coumbus residents set garbage on the curb for collection it is transported to the Franklin County Landfill.  Biogas recovered from the landfill is then used to provide fuel at a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) station.  Cars and trucks can be purchased to run off of CNG.  The City of Columbus has a variety of vehicles in its fleets that use this type of fuel.
  • Phoenix Methane Plant, SWACO:  Energy is being generated beneath the ground at the former Model Landfill. Power generated here is purchased by the city.  The system is capable of generating 2.7 megawatts of electricity.
  • Quasar Biodigester : Bacteria is used to break down sludge, food waste and fats, oils and grease to generate electricity.  These materials are diverted from the waste stream of the City of Columbus and other central Ohio sources.  The system is capable of generating 8,760 MWh of electricity, which is enough to power 725 homes each year.  Byproducts of the system will be sold regionally by Kurtz Brothers.

HYDROELECTRICITY O’Shaughnessy Dam on the Scioto River provides a source of drinking water while simultaneously generating renewable energy.  Since 1987, the Department of Public Utilities has operated the five megawatt turbines located in a bunker below the dam to generate electricity to be sold on the market.  In 2010 alone, hydroelectric plant generated 6,500 MWh preventing 5,300 metric tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. Currently the hydro is being reworked and will be back on line 2022.


  • Through a state grant, the Department of Public Utilities collaborated with partners to install solar panels on the Africentric School.  Monitoring devices were also installed in order to demonstrate solar generation to students.
  • Solar panels were installed on the rooftop of the restaurant and restroom buildings at the new Bicentennial Park on the Scioto Mile.
  • Parking meters are being replaced throughout the city with new models which accept credit cards or coins and are operated using solar power.
  • On May 9, 2013 the City of Columbus dedicated its first large scale solar energy system in partnership with General Energy Solutions. watch video from the dedication here. The roof of the Fleet Management Facility at 4211 Groves Road is covered with 2,650 panels. It is a 636 KW solar photovoltaic system, which is expected to generate over 800,000 kWh of electricity annually. This is enough electricity to power 85 homes a year. To see a description of the project and a live feed of how much electricity the panels are generating click here.
  • Those interested in installing a solar array in the City of Columbus can reference the Permitting and Inspection procedure outlined here and worksheet here or contact the Department of Building and Zoning Services at 614-645-7433.

WIND Byers Mazda Subaru located at 2455 Billingsley Road is home to the city’s first wind turbine and is easily viewed as motorists travel around 270 on the north east side.

A fact sheet is available for City of Columbus residents interested in installing a small scale wind turbine system on their property.


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