Uncovering Political Risk Before You Enter a Community:
A Three Step Process
Presentation Description: Political and public opposition are quickly becoming the most relevant factors in renewable project delays, denials or withdrawals. Opposition often forms the moment the first Met tower goes up, well before developers are certain they have a viable project. Yet, due to the perceived subjectivity of these factors, they are often not fully accounted for in early project feasibility studies. In fact, political and opposition risk is usually only addressed when it becomes a problem, at which point it is often much more costly and difficult to win over public opinion and get to a winning vote.
Based on our in-depth experience working with renewable developers, and developers of all shapes and sizes, we’ve teamed with leading data scientists to identified clear and measurable factors that can act as a barometer for uncovering potential oppositional risk in the very early stages of the development process.
National permitting and communications expert John Davies will host an informative and engaging panel.
Panel members will include a wind industry executive sharing years of experience from the trenches of the most contentious wind siting battles, a look behind the curtain with a leading data analytic and research expert to see how we crunch the data, and – to help see how it plays out in local communities – a local elected official with hands-on experience of how public opinion shapes elected decision makers’ actions.