Community Wind Handbook/Engage with the Community
Engage with the Community
To decrease early-stage development risk and avoid significant investment in a project that may not be developed due to local concerns, the community should be engaged during the earliest development stages. This activity will allow you to:
- Qualify the local interest and potential opposition pertaining to your large community wind project
- Provide the framework for engagement efforts during the lifetime of the project
- Explain the development in your terms instead of allowing outside communications to introduce your large community wind project
- Develop a list of contacts and identify potential project supporters who can attend public hearings associated with the permitting process.
Successful community engagement efforts can include consultation activities (public meetings and workshops), pre- and post-development surveys, press releases, media communications, website updates, and a variety of other activities.
Ensure that project- and technology-related information is fact based and robust to provide local officials and the community an accurate portrayal of your large community wind project and its potential impacts.
Remember that community engagement involves listening and responding to those who may have questions or concerns regarding the project. Replying to these inquiries in a timely, respectful, and accurate fashion is vital to building trust within the community.
- "Canadian Wind Energy Association. Best Practices for Community Engagement and Public Consultation"
- "Superior Watershed Partnership. Community Wind Power: A Guide for Upper Peninsula Communities"
- "U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change. Community Engagement for Onshore Wind Developments: Best Practice Guidance for England"