COMMUNITY ENERGY PLANNING

Knowledge sharing that empowers our communities.

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.
Rob discussing solar PV system
Processing trees for wood fuel