TRB Webinar: Legal Considerations of Renewable Energy Production in State Right-of-Way

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November 22, 2022 11:30 AM - 01:00 PM U.S. Eastern
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Professional Development Hours for this webinar
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Continuing Education Hours for this webinar
AAE: 0.00 hour(s)
AICP: 0.00 hour(s)
CLE: 1.25 hour(s)

State departments of transportation (DOT) have used renewable energy sources to power small-scale or local needs for many years. For example, traffic lights may be powered by solar energy. Renewable energy production at the utility scale must adhere to a different set of federal and state policies. TRB will host a webinar on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Eastern that will address these rules and their relationship with various factors, including the financing mechanism that was used to acquire the right-of-way and ownership considerations. Presenters will discuss legal considerations of renewable energy production at the utility scale, highlight recent successful implementations, and share state DOTs’ plans for renewable energy production in the right-of-way.

This webinar is sponsored by the TRB Standing Technical Committee on Eminent Domain and Land Use.

Registration is free for employees of TRB sponsors as well as Titanium and Cobalt Global Affiliates. The registration rate for all other attendees is $100. Sign into to view registration information. Contact Patrice Davenport to inquire about becoming a TRB sponsor or global affiliate organization.

A recording will be sent to all registrants after the webinar.


Webinar agenda and presenters

  • Alternative use of the highway right-of-way – Lindsey Svendsen, FHWA
  • Strategies for state DOTs developing solar projects in state right-of-way – Edgar Kraus, Texas A&M University Transportation Institute
  • Considerations of highest and best use in highway right-of-way – James Thiel, Thiel, Vu & Associates, LLC
  • Solar developments in the state right-of-way – Donald Petty, Massachusetts DOT
  • Question and answer session moderated by Rita Looney, Arkansas DOT

The first 60 minutes of the webinar will be for presentations and the final 30 minutes will be reserved for audience questions.


Learning Objectives

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Implement renewable energy sites on state right-of-way
  • Explain the experiences of some states’ implementation of renewable energy on state right-of-way


Continuing Legal Education Credits

TRB is offering 1.25 CLE credits for this webinar. TRB did not seek approval for this workshop from the state board, so we advise that you contact your state board prior to registering for the webinar to see if credits would be accepted.  Registered webinar attendees who sign in and view the entire webinar will receive a link to a certificate that they can fill out and provide to their board. Complete a certificate for each state in which you are required to file. Rules for CLE in some states require the provider to file attendance with the regulator as a service to lawyers. Please confirm jurisdictional reporting requirements with the state regulator. This certificate should be filed with the appropriate MCLE Board(s) or Commission(s) within 30 days of activity. Introductory remarks, keynote addresses, business meetings, breaks, receptions, etc., are not included in the computation of credit. TRB will retain a copy of your attendance; however, TRB is not required to submit attendance to the board.

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