Dodge to Moderate NECA Environmental Conference Panel

NECA Environmental Conference

Attorney Will Dodge to Moderate NECA Environmental Conference Panel

Panel III: Public Engagement from the Trenches: How community relations in the social media age can make or break projects. Perhaps no other energy issue throughout a community sparks more public interest than efforts to site and permit energy projects – whether its building out a pipeline, siting or expanding a power plant, or developing a large scale solar or wind farm. Project developers oftentimes find themselves attempting to navigate a long, tedious and costly path of public concerns and uncertain outcomes. The effort is further complicated by the proliferation of social media as a communication tool, with consequences for overall approaches to getting the word out about a project’s benefits and consequences. A project’s approval or demise often hinges on how it is perceived not only at the regulatory level but at the community level. Our panel will delve into this topic from three perspectives: that of a natural gas utility attempting to expand its transmission line, a non-governmental organization and a public affairs company. Our seasoned panel will discuss approaches and strategies that potentially can advance or stall such projects. 

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Event Details


April 12, 2018
8:00am – 3:30pm


DoubleTree Hotel
5400 Computer Drive
Westborough, MA 01581

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