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Staying Competitive in the 90's: How to Make Public Involvement Work for Your Energy Project
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Gone are the days when energy companies could develop energy, void of citizen input. With the passage of the National Environmental Policy Act in 1969, a new era of public involvement began. Although the specifics of how the public should be included in decisions affecting the environment and energy resources were not mandated, nor even clearly defined, it became evident that the public must be included. Now, more than two decades later, it is evident that for energy companies to move forward with development plans and to stay competitive, they must have broad-based public support for their projects. Today few energy projects are stopped because they lack the technical capability to produce clean and affordable energy, but because they lack the public support to do so. This paper addresses the following benefits to energy companies: • Ways energy companies can gain greater public acceptance of their energy development plans through strategic public involvement planning • Proven techniques to increase consensus and reduce conflict • Six research findings on how to build a successful public involvement program.
Loveless, K. W. (1993). Staying Competitive in the 90's: How to Make Public Involvement Work for Your Energy Project. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu). Available electronically from