The Emergent Community Energy Model
Emergent helps renewable energy projects succeed in the real world. We have developed a
process that engages community members as stakeholders in the projects from the start, giving themthe opportunity to define the boundaries in which development within their town can occur and takingan active role in making projects with positive and direct benefits a reality.
Step 1: Engage
Emergent starts a conversation through a collaborative management process, forming a governing bodymade up of a representative group of community leaders. With this group Emergent determines whichtechnically feasible project opportunities will be supported by the community well before significantmoney is spent by investors.We have partnered with the Consensus Building Institute (CBI) out of the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology (MIT) to assist with this collaborative management process. Over the last 15 CBI haspioneered this consensus building methodology to facilitate collaborative decision making. We areworking with CBI to apply this methodology to our renewable energy development process.
Step 2: Incubate
Once a group of projects of varying technologies has been chosen by the community, Emergent works tobring these projects from conception to completion, permitting and designing each project. Through thisprocess, community members are given the first right of refusal to invest in the lucrative pre-construction stage of each project. At the conclusion of Step 2 we have a portfolio of projects that isdesigned, permitted and ready for construction.
Step 3: Profit
Once a project is permitted and designed, Emergent brokers the sale of the project to an IndependentPower Producer, a firm that builds, owns and operates the project over the long term. Emergent andother local stakeholders can either take an upfront fee for their equity ownership or keep along termrevenue stake in the project, profiting together.
Advantages of our Community Energy Model
Increased Efficiency of Pre-Construction Capital
Potential projects without community support are eliminated early
. We don’t waste money designing
and permitting projects that will never get built due to community opposition. By investing a little more