COLUMBUS, OHIO (Feb. 20, 2020) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) today announced its plan to launch a review of administrative rules. The review, required once every five years under Ohio law, will include opportunities for stakeholder and public engagement, including informal meetings and workshops with the OPSB, as well as a written comment period.
The OPSB will host informal stakeholder discussions in Columbus on March 10, 11, and 25. Participants will include a range of perspectives, including state and local elected officials, community activists and organizers, utilities and renewable energy developers, and statewide interest groups and associations. Participants will be provided a list of relevant questions and asked to offer their ideas about how to: (1) improve public participation in the siting process, (2) improve technical application requirements, and (3) enhance construction monitoring and compliance efforts. The information gathering meetings will be open to the public.
“The OPSB has added these informal meetings to promote meaningful conversation and to provide more opportunities for all of our stakeholders to participate in our rulemaking process,” stated OPSB Chairman Sam Randazzo.
After carefully considering the initial stakeholder input, the OPSB will open a formal rulemaking docket and schedule three public workshops, with two held outside Columbus, to provide an opportunity for interested Ohioans to offer their ideas. The workshops will be transcribed by a court reporter, and the transcripts will be filed in the rulemaking docket. Details regarding the time and place will be established in the coming weeks.
Following the completion of the public workshops, the OPSB will issue draft rules, taking into account the input provided. Stakeholders and the public will then have another opportunity for participation in the rulemaking process by filing formal written comments regarding the draft rules. Once all comments have been considered, the OPSB will issue an order approving final rules and directing the rules to be filed with the Ohio Legislature’s Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review.
Current OPSB rules are detailed in Ohio Administrative Code 4906-1 through 4906-7. Additional information is available on the OPSB website. There, you can subscribe to the OPSB rulemaking email distribution list to receive more details about the upcoming rulemaking and planned opportunities for stakeholder and public engagement.
In separate business, the OPSB denied the applications for rehearing filed by various parties regarding the OPSB’s approval of Duke Energy Ohio’s Central Corridor Pipeline in case number 16-0253-GA-BTX. Parties have 60 days to file an appeal of the OPSB’s decision in the case with the Supreme Court of Ohio. The OPSB also approved Seneca Wind, LLC’s request to close case number 19-1831-EL-BGN, as the renewable energy developer’s plans to construct the Seneca Wind Farm have been placed on hold.
The Ohio Power Siting Board reviews applications for the construction of major utility facilities in Ohio. Together with Ohio’s elected officials, citizen stakeholders, and the energy industry, the Board strives to build a strong and competitive foundation for Ohio’s future.
Contact: Matt Butler, (614) 644-7670