Processes for siting clean energy technologies and spent nuclear fuel management facilities can impact rural communities - creating new economic opportunities, inspiring cross-sectoral partnerships, altering
regional land and resource use, and reshaping local perceptions of risk. Dr. Vincent lalenti, U.S. Dept. of Energy's Consent-Based Siting Team, will discuss federal efforts to make people and communities central to siting federal consolidated interim storage facilities. Dr. Sarah Mills, University of Michigan, will discuss the positive and negative impacts of wind and solar energy in rural communities and how to help rural communities proactively plan for renewables. The discussion to follow will explore differences between the various risks and benefits associated with siting different kinds of energy-related facilities.