SDO has been pushing to get Renewable Energy Aggregation on the ballot. Here is an account of events.
February 2020, David Robinson, Worthington Councilman shared his journey of implementing Renewable Energy Aggregation at the SDO Business Meeting. There was much interest from SDO to see about getting this on the ballot for Delaware City. David Robinson offered to meet in March with City Council, and Stephanie Gregory relayed that offer via email to City Manager Tom Homan on March 11.
COVID hit. On April 15th, Marriane Gabel let us know that Homan would contact us when time permits.
In September 2020, Steve Gregory notified us that ‘power aggregation may be taking place without our input‘ and suggested it may be time to re-send our letter because SDO wanted to make sure Delaware will put Renewable energy aggregation on the ballot, not fossil fuel energy aggregation.
In October 2020, Ali Kahle from Main Street Delaware let us know that Aspen Energy presented to City Council. SDO reached out to Aspen Energy to learn what they presented, and what SDO can do to support getting this on the ballot. We wrote a letter to City Council.
Jay Sell and Alan Samuels from Aspen Energy attended the Nov. 14 SDO business meeting. After this meeting, SDO wrote another letter to the City.
At the SDO January business/board meeting, Sarah Spence from the Ohio Energy Council presented information about The Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) as well as about Power A Clean Future Ohio (PCFO). SDO voted to become a partner with PCFO and discussed the need to follow up on Renewable Energy Aggregation.
On Saturday, January 30th, Aspen Energy notified us that the agenda for the 2/1 Council working session showed postponing energy aggregation to 2022. SDO met on Sunday, January 31st and wrote another letter to City Council. We also attended the Council’s streamed working session on Facebook and commented that we want to see renewable energy aggregation on the ballot THIS YEAR. At the very last moment of this meeting, Tom Homan asked if Council would be willing to have two items on their plate for the March 1 or April working session, and they agreed. (YAY!!)
Feb. 3 – The Climate Action Working Group met to determine further steps. It was decided to make the upcoming SDO meeting all about the renewable aggregation and invite David Robinson (Worthington Councilman), Council members from Delaware, and Sarah Spence from OEC.
Feb. 13 – SDO Business/Board Meeting featured an extensive Q&A session. Will Farrell and George Hellinger from Delaware City Council attended.
Mar 8 – Our board member, Anna Willow’s (OSU Environmental Anthropologist) presentation in the Delaware City Council Meeting makes front page of the Delaware Gazette that Saturday, Mar. 13.