The Bantam Origination Playbook integrates public acceptance data into the early stages of project planning, allowing for informed decision-making and better project outcomes. By measuring and understanding the regulatory, sentiment, and political factors at play, developers can better anticipate and navigate potential challenges.
Beginning with local zoning laws, Bantam determines if the county has ordinances or zoning codes that adversely restrict or have the potential to restrict wind and solar projects. Local policy statements are also taken into consideration, deciphering if the area of interest has taken a public stance on renewable energy development in the county.

State policy is a broad but important evaluation as well, determining if there are state-level siting restrictions or a lack of meaningful state support such as strong clean energy goals.
Each county and township has a unique jurisdiction and structure. Bantam identifies key elected officials and powerful stakeholders within project communities, determining positive and negative energy development stances amongst influential decision-makers.

Regional politicians and organizations are considered alongside the research, providing a comprehensive understanding of the power mapping at play in a county.
Community Sentiment
Community Sentiment is an audit of the general public, determining the tone of local media coverage surrounding renewable energy projects in the county.

Bantam audits if there are other renewable energy projects that have made it through permitting and are now operational and the scope of public activism and or opposition around previous development projects.
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The most reliable means of mitigating public acceptance risk is to site projects where they are most likely to avoid opposition.

At this key stage, public affairs practices can inform both prospecting for Areas of Interest (AOIs) and evaluating potential AOIs for public acceptance risk based on measurable predictive criteria.
Risk scorecards across origination pipelines detect development risk within 3 critical domains, providing an objective methodology that supports origination teams in making strategic investment decisions.

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