After protests against their Hardanger project, Statnett has started a new approach. Here, the concept evaluation is discussed with a group of stakeholders, such as local governments, local and regional authorities and environmental NGOs. In these meetings, Statnett tried to identify, which points stakeholders agreed upon, or which concept they preferred.
The results of the discussion shaped the decision on which concept (connection points) is further developed. When going public for the first time, these key stakeholders are already familiar with the project. This is particularly useful if people trust their regional representatives and authorities.