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Onshore wind is powering communities across America at a price equal or cheaper to new fossil power plants. These projects make payments in lieu of taxes to their host communities that allow hiring of new teachers or police officers, without raising citizens' taxes.
Still, when communities learn they may host a wind project, the reaction is often immediately negative, before the facts are even known. Understanding the best way to approach a host community, communicate clearly about potential plans, and create a trusting relationship is crucial for successful development and long-term operation.
The number one most important factor in building a constructive community partnership? A robust, thoughtful community outreach plan. Julia Bovey knows this unique type of planning and what it takes to be successful. JHB Strategies is here to create and manage your plan, from risk assessment to ribbon cutting.
The USA's first offshore wind project is up and running off the coast of Rhode Island, thanks to dozens, if not hundreds, of people who never gave up on their commitment to clean energy and a new industry for the Ocean State.
Now, several other states are promising to leap ahead of Rhode Island. Which will succeed? Those who can balance the delicate and crucial issues of cost, timing, beneficial policies, responsible siting, and public support.
JHB Strategies is here to help create that balance. Julia Bovey began working on offshore wind siting in Massachusetts in 2004, and has experience at the federal, state, and local levels.
"Never trade green for green" is the cry from many communities who want to protect the few trees they have left from grid-level solar panels. However, the US needs big solar projects to reach our clean air goals and end our addiction to fossil fuels.
Where is the right place for grid-scale solar? Where can it be used to benefit the grid and save transmission and distribution costs, in addition to creating clean, renewable power? What does responsible siting look like?
JHB Strategies has worked through all phases of grid-scale solar, and can offer help at any stage of development.
This photo was taken on a great day, celebrating Long Island's 10,000th solar rooftop. Now almost twice that many people on Long Island are generating power on their rooftops. But unlike other technologies that get easier as they grow, rooftop solar's challenges are increasing. From fights against net metering to interconnection rejections, many utilities see distributed solar as a headache and a revenue loss. But this doesn't have to be. Distributed solar should be a system asset, not a liability. But changes in everything from the utility business model to the way grid construction is planned need to happen quickly for distributed solar to continue its important growth. And, in the meantime, smart solar companies need a plan to work successfully in the current environment.
JHB Strategies knows how to fight to keep distributed solar growing while these larger changes play out.
Distributed Energy Resources
This is the parking lot of my local Whole Foods, home to small wind turbines and solar panels that charge electric cars on site and feed the grid. Combined with demand response from the freezers and other big energy users inside the market, this is the type of distributed energy resource that can change the way we buy, sell, make, and use electricity forever. These systems, and their components, are enormous grid assets that can negate the need for massive utility capital investments that show up on customer's bills for generations. But too often, the hosts of DER don't realize they're working with a resource with real market value, worth more than just the electricity generated. JHB Strategies can help you figure out how to get the most out of DER.
It may seem shallow of me to post a photo of the Vice President or the leading clean energy advocate in the US Senate, or a former U.S. Secretary of Energy. But getting the attention you need, when you need it, from decision makers is not a shallow pursuit. Sometimes you need you get in front of the folks making the decisions.
You know your work. Politicians and policy makers always benefit from hearing from their constituents, especially when it comes to knowing what's actually happening out there in the world of clean energy.
Expert public affairs allows to protect and grow your business, get your voice heard, and help you fight against the unintended consequences of public officials making decisions they can't always anticipate the effect of.
JHB Strategies is here to help you decide what type of public affairs you need and to make the connections to get your voice heard.
Why is this man smiling? Thanks to a wind farm, the town he represents in Congress lowered its property taxes, even though the town's last factory left years ago. Lots of folks in the town were against the wind farm. But then they learned dairy cows would continue to graze the fields around the turbines, and local folks could work there, rather than having to move away to find jobs.
Too often the benefits of renewable energy development or other modern changes in our electric system get an immediate negative reaction, and people get even angrier when no one is listening to their concerns.
At JHB Strategies, we have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of development. We know that host communities matter, and that people deserve to be heard right from the very start of a plan for a project. But how can you reach out to the community without stirring up rumors and fears? JHB Strategies' expertise in this is hard earned. We don't believe in secrets or the bait and switch. If you want real community acceptance and consensus, we can help.
And then there are the projects that get off on the wrong foot. There was miscommunication. Or maybe mistakes were made. But with a fresh approach, there's always a chance to mend fences. Advice and a plan from JHB Strategies can give you your best shot at turning things around.
Julia Bovey began her clean-energy advocacy career in communications, transitioning from journalism after working as a reporter in such disparate places as Bangor, Maine; Paris, France; Martha's Vineyard; Paducah, Kentucky; and Boston. Along the way, she leaned the most important lessons she applied to every clean-energy success she's had: keep it simple, tell a story, explain to people how it will affect their wallet and their children, be accurate, be first. If you can't be first, be better.
No matter what you're trying to achieve in the world of clean energy, you have to tell your story to be successful. Energy is complicated and technical. But stories aren't. JHB Strategies is here to help you write your most compelling story, and to tell it.
Should utilities be allowed to own distributed energy resources? How should markets value electricity from batteries? How will utilities earn money if they sell less and less power? Who should pay for new transmission lines to bring clean energy over long distances?
The questions in front of policymakers across the US are heady and important. And they aren't just intellectual exercises. They affect business, and the health of the planet. How do you plan in the face of policy uncertainty? How can your voice be heard in the process? JHB Strategies understands the process and can help you figure out your role in it.
Were you the one who always bought the utilities in Monopoly? Or never did? The utilities didn't pay a lot, but they always paid something. You couldn't increase their value, but knew what you were getting. Low risk, low reward.
It's laughable that's what utilities once were, given their current place at the center of the energy revolution. In many markets, utilities are the most incredible innovators, using batteries and demand response to defer capital costs or siting customer microgrids in communities vulnerable to storms. But in other places, utilities don't want to let go of the past. Or maybe they don't know how to?
If you're a utility, consulting with JHB Strategies can help you define what your role should be in the new energy future. If you're working with a utility and it's not going the way you want, JHB Strategies can help there too. Utilities need to be a lot of things to a lot of people. Sometimes it's a matter of helping them understand where you fit in.
Clean energy development can peacefully coexist with wildlife. But it can take some work. The endangered bird in this photo flies over the ocean for 11 months a year, spending only one month on land to lay its eggs. What if your project is in its habitat? There are options and there are answers. And the best solutions provide for clean energy development that takes important measures not only to protect the wildlife around it, but make the species and the land even healthier than before it was developed.
While there will always be some places that are justifiably off limits, Julia Bovey knows where technology and creativity are combining to provide new solutions that can make clean energy development an asset to wildlife and land in the short term, as well as, of course, the longer-term solution to climate change.
JHB Strategies can help you create a responsible siting plan, engage experts and the public, and make sure your project helps the planet in every way possible.
Sometimes you know your goal, but you don't know how to get there. There are so many tools in the advocacy toolbox, the trick is using the right ones at the right times, and using them well. A campaign is an endeavor to move people. Identifying them, educating them, and eventually convincing them. Customers, neighbors, voters, decision makers. Who do you need to convince? Julia Bovey started JHB Strategies to create, map, run, and win strategic campaigns.