Renewable Energy for Pennsylvania Farms
This presentation provides a broad overview of renewable energy policy in Pennsylvania and explains how sustainable agriculture operations can utilize renewables to stabilize or reduce energy costs, decrease greenhouse gases, and supplement agricultural income. The presentation will describe challenges and solutions for Pennsylvania farms developing or hosting solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass projects. Policies currently under consideration at the federal, state, and local levels as well as opportunities for advocacy supporting renewable energy in Pennsylvania will also be explored.
Presenter, Ryan Hamilton, is a Resident Attorney at Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services, a nonprofit law firm providing legal services for modest means clients in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Ryan’s practice focuses on providing legal tools to build sustainable communities. His work supports individuals, nonprofits, and small businesses striving to advance their own missions while simultaneously supporting their community and the environment. Ryan’s interest in environmental law and sustainability stems from growing up on a family-run orchard in eastern Pennsylvania and two years working with AmeriCorps VISTA. Ryan received his B.A. from Juniata College and his J.D. with a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. He now resides in Pittsburgh where he volunteers with ReLeaf, Lawrenceville’s Urban Forest Initiative, and spends time exploring the region by bicycle. You can learn more about Fair Shake and Ryan’s practice at www.fairshake-els.org.