Results from the STAR Group Utility Search Conference™

Traditional methods of public involvement for utility infrastructure projects have not proven effective. We developed the STAR Group Utility Search Conference™ (USC) so that utilities and stakeholders are able to address their respective needs in a timely, productive manner. As the following case studies demonstrate, if you are a utility executive and you need a pro-active system for engaging stakeholders successfully, the USC is proven to get results.

Progress Energy Florida’s Baseload Transmission Project – Participants helped Progress Energy Florida site over 180 miles of new 500kV and 230kV transmission across 9 counties that will connect to a proposed green field nuclear power plant. Citing STAR Group’s Utility Search Conference process, the Administrative Law Judge who conducted hearings on Progress Energy Florida’s application to site a nuclear power plant and over 180 miles of related transmission recommended that the application be APPROVED. Excerpts from the ALJ’s May 15, 2009 ruling may be reviewed here. Unscripted comments from participants in the Utility Search Conference process may be viewed in the following video.


Vermont’s Southern Loop/Coolidge Connector – Citing the unprecedented level of public involvement employed through STAR Group’s USC process, Vermont regulators approved the largest transmission project in the state’s history, along with several renewable energy and demand reduction initiatives.

PNM’s Project Power – Thanks to STAR Group’s USC process and for the first time in PNM’s history, each of seven independent regulatory bodies unanimously approved the proposed transmission line.

Santa Fe Loop – Participants used a modified version of STAR Group’s USC process to help PNM and its customers identify acceptable routes for 2 new transmission lines in the heart of historic Santa Fe, New Mexico, including a route that the utility hadn’t previously seen.