April 5, 7pm–9pmWhat
Crawford County Farm Bureau members are invited to attend a special briefing on solar energy development sponsored by the Crawford County Farm Bureau Board of Trustees and Public Policy Action Team. The briefing will be held virtually and by phone on Mon., April 5, at 7 p.m. To register for the meeting by April 2, click here or contact the Crawford County Farm Bureau at 419-747-7488. Registered attendees will be emailed meeting access information.
The program will be facilitated by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Director for Energy, Utility and Local Government Issues, Dale Arnold.
“Over the next several years Ohioans will be involved in a variety of energy generation, transmission and distribution projects. These include utility scale renewable energy generation projects being considered in Crawford and surrounding counties,” Arnold said.
Issues to be discussed
- Potential solar energy generation evaluation activities in Crawford County.
- Energy market trends.
- Remediation standards.
- Regulatory agencies governing different types of energy development.
- Issues concerning eminent domain and farmland preservation.
- What landowners should consider as they evaluate lease and easement agreements.
“Oil & gas, pipelines, transmission lines, generation – There are a variety of projects being developed in and around the community, all with their own regulatory and procedures,” said Alex Finney, president of the Crawford County Farm Bureau. “Many Farm Bureau members have questions. As community stakeholders they want to know how project developers will address soil and water conservation issues, land remediation standards, use of local roads and safety procedures. Our Public Policy Action Team is looking at these issues, and have invited other interested county Farm Bureau members to join them for this briefing.”
Finney continued, “If asked to sign complex agreements, releases and associated paperwork, landowners have the right to have their legal counsel examine all materials. Community stakeholders are realizing that many aspects of an energy development project are not necessarily boilerplate; there are still a variety of individual landowner and community decisions to be made. Our input is important.”
About Dale Arnold
Arnold has been involved in energy and utility related issues since 1995. He represents farm and rural residential energy consumers on a variety of government working groups and public utility advisory boards concerning energy development. He has extensive experience working with county Farm Bureaus and local residents, helping communities evaluate development projects concerning electric generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure.