Towards First Principles of Community Energy Planning

June 23, 2017


Kirby Calvert is a leading thinker in how to support local governments and communities in the energy transition.

His recent blog post – Towards First Principles of Community Energy Planning – is an important contribution to the practice.

It draws from the legacy of past efforts to begin a conversation about a new model.  He proposes three primary principles.


Here he emphasizes the importance of municipal leadership and working within your existing sphere influence while seeking strategic relationships to expand that sphere of influence.  The need for good data and decision-support systems is also highlighted.


The integration of energy into urban and regional planning system and considering both demand-side and supply-side activities are highlight under this principle.


Engagement is the compelling message of this principle as well as bridging the urban-rural interface.  Farmers not only feed cities, they will fuel them in the low carbon economy.

The full blog post can be found here.

The good news is there is more to come.