The Oberlin Review

Get REC’d

Madeline Stocker, Editor-in-chief

April 1, 2016

After receiving $2.6 million in Renewable Energy Credits, Oberlin City Council must decide how to spend the extra cash. Renewable Energy Credits are generated when a community produces one megawatt-hour of electricity from a renewable energy source, such as geothermal heat pumps, bioproducts, hydrogen fuel cells and other eligible sources. The credits can then be traded or sold on the open market. Over 50 people were in attendance during the work session the City Council held Monday to discuss how the credits should be spent. According to Steve Dupee, Oberlin Municipal Light and Power System executive director, the money can either be used to temporarily lower energy rates or invest into long-term sustainable initiatives. Tensions...

News Brief: Residents Form Energy Co-op

Adam Gittin and Kerensa Loadholt

February 5, 2016

Oberlin residents have begun forming Lorain County’s first solar energy co-op, Oberlin People’s Energy Cooperative, which will give consumers more resources and information about installing solar panels on their homes. The initiative is spearheaded by Ohio Solar United Neighborhoods, a local nonprofit working to organize solar co-ops across the state. Chaired by Carl McDaniel, OC’64, the Oberlin’s People Energy Cooperative will educate community members on alternative energy sources and help homeowners in the switch to solar, a shift that can cut costs y up to 20 percent, according to OH SUN. The exact price of solar energy system installation is dependent on a homeowner’s energy consumption. While s...

News Brief: City Sued by Gun Activists

Staff

October 4, 2013

Ohioans For Concealed Carry filed a lawsuit in Lorain County on Tuesday, urging the city of Oberlin to heed state law. The lawsuit was penned by OFCC in tandem with co-plaintiffs Brian and Janae Kuzawa, the Ashland, OH residents who staged a park protest on Sept. 7. In August of this year, Kuzawa brought his firearm to the Oberlin Family Fun Fair, when the gun debate first emerged. In the suit, OFCC challenges a city ordinance that prohibits open carry in parks, claiming the decree contradicts the Ohio Revised Code. The Ohio Revised Code 9.68was enacted in 2007 and imposes uniform gun laws throughout the state. According to the lawsuit, Oberlin’s ordinance constitutes a violation of the ORC. OFCC issued their...

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