Collecting input from the community was an important part of developing the Energy Transition Plan.
Several viewpoints were sought through aggressive outreach, including a series of ten modeling sessions to engage the community, seven town hall meetings to share the goals and strategies and allow for feedback, and through online comment forms available on a website dedicated for this project. In all, 110 people attended the facilitated educational modeling sessions where they were able to use an interactive program to design the MSU energy system of the future and then answer questions to determine which factors were most important to them. Another 157 people attended the town hall forums, and the committee also received feedback on the plan through the receipt of seven email forms and five comment cards. This feedback allowed the committee to add to and refine the goals and strategies.
Results from the sessions were analyzed and shared with the Energy Transition Steering Committee to refine the goals and strategies.