Community greening: how to develop a strategic plan
This guide, Community greening: how to develop a strategic plan, provides an overview of strategic electricity planning for communities, using a step-by-step approach to develop the plan.
This method has a high chance of success, because it is based on stakeholder buy-in and political commitment. Not all communities will need to follow all steps, but the process is designed to incorporate all parties, maximize solution-based thinking, and develop a plan that can be carried out by community leaders.
A strategic energy plan is a roadmap to achieving community energy goals in both the near and long term. The goals are determined by stakeholder input, so the plans are inherently local and have stakeholder buy-in, leading to a greater likelihood of success of the plan over time. A strategic energy plan can be part of a greenhouse gas emission plan, a greening plan, or a community master plan.