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When the utilities were the only game in town for power generation, energy planning was a matter of their internal strategy. The practice of local, state and regional energy planning is new, but fast catching on, as communities recognize the opportunity to turn enthusiasm into strategy. Dozens of Connecticut municipalities have created energy plans and more are stepping into the game. Some are undertaking energy planning as part of broader climate action, infrastructure or sustainability planning; others are addressing energy as a free-standing topic.

Not all local energy plans will be the same. Some parts of Connecticut have natural gas infrastructure, or soon will. Some have municipal utilities. These local variations affect the scope of what can be planned, and the authority to do it. At the same time, it is wise for a local energy plan to be consistent in its scope with the state’s plan. In addition, an energy plan involves more than desired outcomes; it requires the buy-in of stakeholders to implement the plan, from public works officials to purchasing agents to the social service agencies that bring energy-efficiency programs to low-income households. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Guide to Community Energy Strategic Planning recommends the following steps for your local energy plan:

  1. Establish and charge a leadership team
  2. Identify and engage stakeholders
  3. Develop an energy vision
  4. Assess the current energy profile
  5. Develop energy goals and strategies
  6. Identify and prioritize actions
  7. Put together a funding and financing strategy
  8. Establish a blueprint for implementation
  9. Plan to evaluate (and adjust)
  10. Publicize and engage the community

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Community Updates

WOODSTOCK’S NEW 1MW SOLAR ARRAY
PROJECTED TO SAVE OVER 2.4 MILLION OVER THE NEXT TWENTY YEARS

Woodstock is currently in the process of installing their 1MW solar array.  The array will be a brownfield installation covering, what once was, their former landfill.  Concrete ballasts will weigh down the panel's framework to prevent any breach of the landfill's membrane... See Press Release

HES COPAY PRICE INCREASE

In the recent approval of the 2016-18 Conservation and Load Management (CL&M) Plan by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), there is good news and not-so-good news... Read More

 

 

Calendar Highlights

FALL GATHERING

HIGHLIGHTS OF CT’s FALL GATHERING of clean energy task forces can be found here in our Knowledge Center’s Program Archives pages. Diane Duva (the Director of Energy Demand at DEEP’s Bureau of Energy and Technology Policy is pictured here) facilitating the shaping of our state’s energy future.

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Clean Energy Communities Listening Session Letter of Thanks and Follow-up

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