Speaking Engagement: Bar Association of San Francisco, Environmental Law Section: Solar & Wind Power vs. Farmland: The New Battleground?

Jon Welner will moderate the Bar Association of San Francisco, Environmental Law Section panel “Solar & Wind Power vs. Farmland: The New Battleground?

A discussion of the growing conflict between renewable power development and farmland preservation in California.

Moderator: Jon Welner, Partner, Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP

Speakers

  • John Lowrie, Program Manager, California Department of Conservation
  • Jim Robertson Senior Counsel, Chevron Energy Solutions
  • Chris Scheuring Attorney, California Farm Bureau Federation
  • Tim Snellings Director, Butte County Department of Development Services

Topics

  • The preservation of prime farmland has long been a top priority in California. The Williamson Act – which enables counties to create “farmland preserves” is the cornerstone of the State’s effort to save farmland
  • The recent boom in solar and wind power development is challenging farmland preservation efforts in new and significant ways
  • At the same time, solar and wind power developers find themselves frustrated by “outdated” and “inconsistent” rules
  • Our panel of experts will discuss the growing conflict, current efforts to resolve it, and what to expect in the coming months