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Community Engagement and Benefits Sharing: New Best Practices for Project Success | HALF-DAY WORKSHOP

Jan 16 2024

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM PT

Room 29 BCD

Additional registration required ($) for workshops held on Tuesday January 16th.

The federal government is unlocking unprecedented levels of funding to advance clean and renewable energy development, but to successfully compete for federal funding, project developers need to demonstrate a commitment to community engagement, workforce development, and environmental justice via the creation of Community Benefits Plans. Even outside of projects receiving federal funding, community opposition to clean energy projects across the country is showing that effective community outreach and benefits sharing strategies are more than just “nice-to-haves” and can have real consequences for project success. In this workshop, experts will share what the solar and storage industry should know about community engagement and benefits sharing to create strong and successful projects. Speakers will cover why developers should care about these topics, how to identify and conduct outreach to relevant project stakeholders, and how to ensure impacted stakeholders can share in the benefits that solar and storage create. Speakers will use concrete case studies and an interactive activity to provide attendees with actionable strategies for strengthening their projects.

Speakers

U.S. DOE

- Senior Advisor, Energy Justice Policy & Analysis

RMI (Rocky Mountain Institute)

- Manager, Climate-Aligned Industries

Strategen

- Sr. Manager, Engagement & Convenings

DNV Energy Systems

- Associate Director, Energy & Climate Equity

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