We were recently reflecting on some of our past work and recalled this Best Practices for Community Engagement and Public Consultation guide developed by the Canadian Wind Energy Association to “help ensure wind energy development is approved and is a welcomed addition to the community.”Delaney and Associates Inc. had the pleasure of providing community engagement and public consultation expertise in the development of this guide which focuses on the communications aspect of public engagement and consultation and overall serves as a valuable toolkit in support of constructive public participation on wind energy projects in municipal districts. Notably, the guide references the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) engagement spectrum, as well as the five steps in planning public participation. Considering that community resistance has stopped major wind development projects in North America and has therefore cost developers lost feasibility investments and lucrative revenue stems, this tool is a valuable asset to organizations working with or in the wind energy sector.
Following up on this work, Richard Delaney, President of Delaney and Associates Inc., will deliver a related workshop during the October CanWEA Annual Conference and Exhibition 2012 in Toronto, Canada.
For more information on consulting and engaging with the public and other stakeholders impacted by energy projects, please contact us. For an overview of wind energy, CanWEA’s website provides a wealth of information, including fact sheets, case studies and other publications.