A local energy plan comprehensively assesses a community's energy use and past activities, establishes future goals, and identifies projects that will be most effective in meeting those goals. Integrating energy concerns into a municipality's master planning process is important, but specific energy plans are valuable tools to identify opportunities for improvement, evaluate their relative effectiveness, and outline how they will be achieved. Energy plans can address both short- and long-term goals and will vary for each municipality depending on the extent to which a community has previously engaged in energy work, the resources available, and the amount of local interest. Energy plans generally include a broad vision, goals, energy consumption baseline, resource analysis, and recommended strategies for achieving energy goals. Depending on the depth of the plan, developing an energy plan can take anywhere from several months to a year.
NELEN Webinar Presentations- Partnership Strategies for Municipal Energy Project Success (June 23, 2014)
Ani Krishnan, Energy Planner, Metropolitan Area Planning Commission, MA
Susan McPhee, Energy Conservation Coordinator, Town of Winchester, MA
Guide to Community Energy Strategic Planning - This guide introduces the Community Energy Strategic Plan (CESP) approach, a step-by-step process for creating a robust strategic energy plan for your government and community that can help save money, create local jobs, and improve our national security.
Local Energy Efficiency Policy Calculator - What energy efficiency policies make the most sense for your community? Use LEEP-C to find out. The Local Energy Efficiency Policy Calculator is a downloadable analysis tool intended for use by local policymakers and stakeholders. It can be used to compare policy choices and explore the results of different implementation scenarios. Users can customize inputs to reflect local characteristics and tailor policy designs to meet their needs. The tool calculates estimates for energy savings, cost savings, pollution, jobs, and other outcomes resulting from selected policies over a time period designated by the user.
Create a Local Energy Plan - A local energy plan comprehensively assesses a community’s energy use and past activities, establishes future goals, and identifies projects that will be most effective in meeting those goals. Integrating energy concerns into a municipality’s master planning process is important, but specific energy plans are valuable tools to identify opportunities for improvement, evaluate their relative effectiveness, and outline how they will be achieved.
The Energy Planning & Implementation Guide - Meeting the state goals for energy efficiency and renewable energy generation will require a concerted effort at the local, regional and state level. Thoughtful municipal energy planning is a critical piece of a comprehensive strategy.
Draft Energy Plans or Chapter(s) for Town's Master Plan