COMMUNITY ENERGY PLANNING
Community Energy Planning allows a community to understand:
- Where their energy comes from (supply)
- How it is used (demand)
- Practical opportunities to:
- Use energy more efficiently.
- Reduce waste.
- Substitute cleaner more sustainable energy.
Collecting and analyzing data and planning for future energy requirements is important for good decision-making. Unfortunately, many Community Energy Plans (CEPs) concentrate only on this relatively simple first step.
To be useful, a Community Energy Plan must include:
- Defining the Community’s unique goals for energy sustainability.
- Developing practical action plans for achieving these energy goals.
- Collecting meaningful input from community stakeholders throughout the process to ensure a sense of ownership that drives action.
- Long-term planning as well as immediate actions to ensure things get started and build positive momentum.