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Community Energy Plans

What is a Community Energy Plan?

A Community Energy Plan is a way for a community to work towards a better environment for all residents by using the state’s Energy Master Plan (EMP) as a guide to develop goals and strategies to increase clean energy production, reduce energy use, develop sustainable strategies and reduce emissions.

The Plan is created through a Task Force comprised of government officials, businesses, residents, and other stakeholders working to first benchmark community energy use and production, and then developing goals and timelines to work towards the state’s EMP goals.

Community Energy Planning Grants

The BPU has created a grant to help you begin the process and to implement your Community Energy Plan. The first step is to create a task force to write the plan, when creating the task force you want to make sure you include a diverse snapshot of your community including government, schools, businesses, large institutions, small businesses, transportation partners, residents and local nonprofits.

The task force will first establish benchmarks for energy consumption, energy generation, emissions, vehicle miles traveled and any other relevant data. Those benchmarks will help the task force determine how much work needs to be done and what the community’s priorities will be. Once the benchmarks are established, have some public meetings to discuss what the community wants to do and what it can do.

From there the task force can establish milestones designed to hit the EMP’s long-term goals and can detail options for how to get there. Those goals, milestone and strategies will be the basis for the Community Energy Plan.

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