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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

CLIMATE CRISIS

For those concerned about the climate crisis…

Small info cards, about 3”x4”, are available in quantities of 100 and more; if interested, please contact Patrice Gillespie .

YEAR OF LOCAL ACTION

… 2018 has been named the Year of Local Action. And the Eastern CT Green Action group is leading the way. ECGA was formed by several people from towns in eastern Connecticut. Initially most people were from Mansfield; as of now, people from Andover, Ashford, Chaplin, Coventry, Eastford, Hampton, Lebanon, Pomfret, Scotland, Tolland, Willington and Windham are members.

With the publication of his excellent weekly newsletter CT Green News, ECGA co-founder Peter Millman is helping us Nutmeggers stay up to date on issues, events and opportunities for concerned citizens to connect with their elected officials. He has published over 50 editions of his newsletter, and would love to broaden his every Friday distribution. Just contact Peter via info@easternctgreenaction.com and benefit from his convenient digest of important news and environmentally-focused online postings.

 

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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