The Ohio Power Siting Board’s mission is “to support sound energy policies that provide for the installation of energy capacity and transmission infrastructure for the benefit of the Ohio citizens, promoting the state’s economic interests, and protecting the environment and land use.”
The Board is comprised of seven voting members: The Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission and the Directors of the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Agriculture, Development Services Agency, Department of Health, and Department of Natural Resources. A public member, who must be an engineer, is appointed by the Governor. Two members of the Ohio Senate and two members of the Ohio House of Representatives serve as non-voting members.
The Board reviews and acts upon siting applications and promulgates rules related to its statutory authority. Green Energy Ohio submits comments to the OPSB on cases under review.
Upcoming Public Hearings
Pickaway County Solar Farm
The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) will hold a public hearing regarding Atlanta Farms Solar Project, LLC’s proposal to construct a solar farm in Pickaway County. The hearing will be conducted using Cisco Webex, a web-based platform that facilitates participation by telephone or live video on the internet.
The public hearing will be held on Oct. 22, 2020, beginning at 6 p.m. The purpose of the virtual public hearing is to allow residents in the local community, who are not parties to the case, to provide testimony about the project. Testimony will be limited to 5 minutes per witness, and the hearing transcript will become part of the case record considered by the OPSB.
Individuals who wish to provide testimony must register with the OPSB by 12 p.m., on October 21, 2020, by completing the online registration form here or by calling (800) 686-7826. Individuals will be required to provide their full name and contact information and specify whether they plan to join the Webex event by internet or by telephone.