Strategic Energy Plan

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A Strategic Energy Plan presents an approach for achieving energy goals, typically adopted by a community, state, large institution (such as a university), or even an entire nation. Some entities implement energy efficiency strategic plans, for example, the California Public Utilities Commission published its Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan in 2008, which outlines near-, mid- and long-term strategies for improved energy efficiency in different sectors, such as agricultural, residential and industrial [1]. Others take on a more broad approach, such as the state of Indiana, which published its Strategic Energy Plan, Hoosier Homegrown Energy in 2006. Indiana's plan addresses two major goals in addition to energy efficiency improvements: reduce dependence on imported energy to increase job creation within the state and utilize clean coal & bioenergy [2]. The Indiana Office of Energy Development also published a corresponding presentation on their website.

In 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) office published a step-by-step guide for city leaders who want to develop a strategic electricity plan using policies that encourage energy efficiency and use of renewable energy in their community. The guide, COMMUNITY GREENING:HOW TO DEVELOP A STRATEGIC ENERGY PLAN, outlines 9 important steps for a city or community that wants to develop a strategic energy plan [3].
The nine steps are:

  1. Identify and convene stakeholders.
  2. Establish a leadership team.
  3. Develop a common energy vision.
  4. Develop community energy baseline.
  5. Based on the vision and baseline,develop energy goals.
  6. Identify and evaluate supply-and-demand policy and program resource options, matching these to the goals and ranking overall program options.
  7. Find and secure funding sources.
  8. Compile the plan. This includes objectives, goals, baseline, program options and surrounding analysis, and recommended options for policy makers.
  9. Measure and evaluate. Is there a current plan for evaluation of programs? How high is the demand for that as a formal document or announcement? How will the results be communicated back to the individual program implementers?


  1.  "California Energy Efficiency Strategic Planning"
  2.  "Indiana Office of Energy Development: Hoosier Homegrown Energy"
  3.  "National Renewable Energy Laboratory publication"