Energy issues meeting Thursday

Seneca and Sandusky county business and community leaders and residents are invited to attend an energy issue briefing on electric transmission line construction projects at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Youth Center on the Seneca County Fairgrounds.

The meeting, sponsored by the Seneca County Farm Bureau, has been rescheduled from an earlier date, when it was canceled due to inclement weather.

It is to feature Dale Arnold, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation director for energy services; Steven Irwin, Ohio Power Siting Board outreach manager; and Todd Sides, American Electric Power project manager.

“Energy construction projects are impacting farmers and rural residents statewide,” Arnold said. “Consolidation of generation plants throughout the region mean more communities will see growth in transmission line projects throughout eastern and north central Ohio.”

Although eminent domain provisions apply in many utility construction projects, rural residents are discovering many provisions of a transmission line easement are negotiable. Ohio has a uniform, statewide process that helps residents and local governments get involved in utility construction projects. During this briefing, Arnold is to discuss energy market trends, Ohio’s regulatory process concerning utility construction and how residents can get involved in the Ohio Power Siting Board local hearing process.

As part of the briefing, members of the Seneca County Public Policy Action Team will gather landowner input, and suggestions are to be used as part of the organization’s policy development program.