COLUMBUS—Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) has appointed Representative Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Township) to the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB).

The mission of the OPSB is to support sound energy policies that enhance energy capacity and transmission infrastructure to benefit Ohioans, promoting the state's economic interests, and protecting the environment and land use.

Ultimately, the duty of the OPSB is to evaluate and approve any construction involving a major utility facility or economically significant wind farm.

"I'm beyond excited to work alongside PUCO Chairman Haque, the numerous directors from the Governor's cabinet, and the rest of the OPSB members to help shape the future of our state's public utilities infrastructure," Carfagna said.  "Whether it's through new electric generation facilities, transmission lines, gas pipelines or wind farms, our duty to all Ohioans is to ensure energy capacity that strengthens our economy, preserves our environment, promotes responsible land use, and respects property rights.  I'm ready to be a part of this important conversation. Thank you to Speaker Cliff Rosenberger for naming me to the Ohio Power Siting Board and for his continued confidence in my abilities."

Rep. Carfagna will be one of 11 members on the board, which is comprised of the directors of the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Agriculture, Development Services Agency, Department of Health, Department of Natural Resources, and the Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission. Four legislator and one public member also serve on the OPSB.

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