The energy, utilities and infrastructure sectors face changing public expectations, an evolving regulatory environment and massive changes in technologies and business models. Building and defending corporate reputation, gaining trust and engaging with the policy process requires thoughtful strategic planning, agile execution and a commitment to dialogue. Our communications experts help companies:
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The regulatory landscape faced by operators varies widely by basin. However, all face growing scrutiny and all benefit from consumer education on fossil fuels as an economic cornerstone essential to modern life, and from candid community dialogue on impacts and benefits of production.
Formerly out of sight and out of mind, oil and gas pipelines have become part of the national conversation, driven by concern for climate and the environment, pipeline safety fears and routing controversies. Refineries and storage facilities face heightened regulatory and media scrutiny as emissions standards are tightened.
In many jurisdictions, the regulated investor-owned utility model is under assault. Innovators are evolving their regulatory approach, rethinking the business model and adapting to climate concerns. Rural electric cooperatives serving the heartland face similar opportunities. Enhanced transmission capacity is essential for grid modernization and resilience, but routing and impacts on wildlife and human health are perennial concerns.
Wind, solar and storage manufacturers and developers face unprecedented opportunities as interest in non-carbon energy soars and regulatory mandates ratchet up in many states. But regulatory logjams threaten to push projects past the expiration date for economic incentives, and communities challenge the local impact of wind farms and solar arrays.
Expectations have changed. Whether it's redevelopment of a government campus, construction of transportation infrastructure, a natural gas pipeline or an electric transmission line, no major projects move forward without public permission, often involving lengthy permitting and community engagement processes. A commitment to dialogue, use of best practices in securing stakeholder input and storytelling skills are essential parts of the blueprint for infrastructure success.