Understanding the networks of influence fuels renewable energy project success

Challenge: Getting infrastructure projects built is harder than ever – even when those projects advance clean energy goals. Without the community’s trust and support, projects can experience costly delays and disruptions. That’s why an energy developer turned to Delve to help them understand the range of stakeholders engaging in the permitting and approval processes for their project.

Solution: We identified the key elected and appointed officials in the communities where permitting was needed, as well as the stakeholders who could influence them. We then researched these officials’ background and record, including past votes and comments on energy issues and infrastructure projects, community involvement, and centers of influence around them, to understand who would be an ally and who would need more persuasion on the value of the project.

Results: Our analysis helped the company secure allies and anticipate opposition by informing the company’s messaging campaign and engagement plan. When executed, this strategic plan enabled the company’s public affairs team to build trust with the local communities and win support for their project plans.

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