Best Practices in Public Participation for Transmission Projects
January 30-31, 2017 | San Diego, CA
Transmission infrastructure projects are often characterized by high perceived risk and low stakeholder trust. A balance must be struck between the need for additional transmission development and landowner priorities, environmental impact considerations and regulatory compliance.
A comprehensive strategic public participation process is a key tenet to the success of any transmission project. All stakeholders must be engaged throughout the process, using a wide variety of communication and engagement techniques that are tailored to the needs of each stakeholder. But how do you tackle this daunting challenge?
As an attendee of this EUCI conference, you’ll hear best practice case studies from leading electric transmission professionals. You’ll learn the strategies and methods they use to positively engage stakeholders and overcome project obstacles. You’ll leave this conference with practical tools and techniques that can be immediately implemented within your own organization to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your public participation program.
- Determine the right amount and mix of outreach for each stakeholder of each project
- Examine the key components necessary to successfully address project opposition
- Utilize online participation as a tool to enhance public engagement
- Discuss how to give stakeholders genuine opportunities to be engaged from project design and permitting to actual construction
- Identify how to educate and engage stakeholders with best practice Open Houses
- Interpret BLM permitting for more efficient processing of major infrastructure projects
- Apply good visual design to fundamentally shape how the public understands and interacts with your project
- Examine how to put data around experiential instincts in order to enhance your communications program
- Compare best practice case studies on successful public participation programs
Requirements for Successful Completion of Program
Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.
Case studies, PowerPoint presentations and group discussion will be used in this event.
EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.
EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for the conference and 0.4 CEUs for the workshop.
Monday, January 30, 2017
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 8:45 a.m. :: Conference Welcome
9:45 – 10:15 a.m. :: Networking Break
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. :: Networking Break
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. :: Networking Reception Sponsored by HDR
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast
9:30 – 10:00 a.m. Networking Break
11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Conference Wrap up
12:00 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns
Jose Bodipo-Memba, Environmental Management Supervisor, SMUD
Erin Degutis, Senior Agent, Siting & Land Rights, Xcel Energy
Stephen Fusilier, Branch Chief, Rights-of-Way, Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
David Guder, Manager, Real Properties Title & Valuation, Southern California Edison Co.
Arlee Jones, Project Manager II, Tampa Electric Co.
Kendra Lee, Community Franchise and Outreach Consultant, Arizona Public Service
Greg Mathe, Manager, Electric Transmission Communications, Dominion Virginia Power/Dominion North Carolina Power
Christina Rolfes, Graphic & Web Designer/Environmental Scientist, HDR Inc.
Amanda Sloan, Director, Electric Transmission, Contract Land Staff, LLC
Kelly Spitzley, Web + Graphic Design, HDR Inc.
Todd Voorhees, Regional Public Affairs Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric
Stakeholder Outreach: Myths, Facts & Best Practices
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
This workshop will explore the specifics of how to develop and maintain positive landowner relationships while negotiating in good faith for pipeline, electric transmission, wind and solar, rail and public sector projects. This would include whether pursuing site leasing, site purchase, easements, right of ways and/or workspace, and whether coming from the perspective of project management, design engineering, environmental, appraising, permitting, survey, right of way, inspections, construction, operations, and others, this presentation is a must in helping ensure a successful project, on time and on budget with happy landowners.
Join this interactive workshop to learn about good faith negotiations and landowner relationships. Due to the increase in activity in the energy industry, it has become progressively more important for all professionals to be highly sensitive to landowners and any and all stakeholders’ needs, concerns and issues. Whether they are legal, environmental, aesthetic, social or cultural issues, the relationships we establish will set the tone of the project and can make the experience pleasant for the landowners, developers, engineers and all other consultants. These common sense approaches and processes are based on the psychology of healthy human relationships, and will have major impact as to whether or not your project will be a success.
Learning Outcomes / Agenda
12:30 – 1:00 p.m. Registration
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Workshop Timing
- Recognize and understand landowner’s perspectives and the importance of dealing with unique differences in various landowners, their personalities and their needs/concerns
- Develop strategies for establishing a positive message and the various ways it must be communicated
- Identify best practices for stakeholder outreach
- Dispel myths often mistakenly believed and then utilized to support unsuccessful practices
- Define successful protocols for outreach strategies
- Explore FERC’s concern and INGAA’s commitment regarding landowner/stakeholder relationships, now a standard for the entire right of way industry, whether electric, alternative or pipeline
Beth Minear, Esq., Vice President and Project Management Strategist, Contract Land Staff
Serving as Contract Land Staff’s (CLS) Project Management Strategist and FERC resident expert, Beth works out of the CLS Northeast Regional Office in Ripley, West Virginia. Her responsibilities include assisting clients in pre-planning of stakeholder outreach and messaging, ROW title and acquisition cost estimates and route feasibility. Prior to joining CLS, Beth served as Senior Counsel for NiSource Inc., a diverse Fortune 500 energy company, in the Commercial/ Real Estate Department. Throughout her tenure at NiSource, she represented its electric, natural gas and microwave tower > subsidiaries in real estate and commercial strategies, negotiations and acquisitions. The bulk of her practice was focused on multistate capital growth projects, as well as modernization and operations/maintenance projects. Including the years prior to NiSource, Beth’s practice throughout her career has included capital infrastructure improvement projects including public financing for local and state projects (i.e. water and sewer), coal rights, timbering agreements and private development of large commercial complexes and resorts. In addition, she has experience in real property representation and litigation in state and federal courts including both prosecution and defense of Eminent Domain matters.
Beth earned her J.D. at Capital University Law School and was accepted into the Summer Law program at St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford, in 1997. Beth is a member of both the Pennsylvania Bar and the West Virginia Bar, serving on the ADR Committee for the WV State Bar. She has also been elected to the Board of Trustees as Trustee at Large, for the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, where she remains active on the Membership Committee. Beth founded the Legal Roundtable for Southern Gas Association, where she served as Chair for its inaugural two years, and has served on the Roundtable Committee for the past two years. Beth is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences within the energy industry as well as having written articles about various issues confronting the industry. Finally, Beth is a member of IRWA Chapter 21, supporting education and advancement efforts thereof.
Phil Pack, Chief Projects Officer, Contract Land Staff
Phil has over 30 years of experience in transmission generation in all phases of projects including public involvement, routing, permitting, land acquisition, engineering, procurement and construction. He oversees all electric transmission and distribution projects, and focuses on enhancing communication, education and management of client expectations.
Prior to joining CLS, Phil was with Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) for over 30 years. Phil’s experience includes assignments in all aspects of Transmission Projects including the Major Projects, Outage Management, Technical, Engineering and Operations Departments. He joined NIPSCO as an engineer in 1981. Pack earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Western Michigan University. He also completed the Executive Development Program at Indiana University Kelly School of Business and the Leadership NiSource program. He also is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Indiana.
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina
1441 Quivira Road
San Diego, CA 92109
To reserve your room, please call 1-619-224-1234
Please indicate that you are with the EUCI group to receive the group rate.
The room rate is $189.00
ROOM BLOCK DATES:
A room block has been reserved for the nights of January 30-31, 2017.
RATE AVAILABLE UNTIL:
Make your reservations prior to January 6, 2017. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.
|Proceedings package||US $ 395.00|