Community Energy: Planning, Development & Delivery - US Version

IDEA is pleased to provide our publication, Community Energy: Planning, Development and Delivery, which aims to support mayors, planners, community leaders, real estate developers and economic development officials who are interested in planning more sustainable urban energy infrastructure, creating community energy master plans and implementing district energy systems in cities, communities and towns.

The new guidebook provides an overview of the local energy project development process, in a form that is accessible to lay readers, to assist them in making informed decisions on the analysis, planning, development and delivery of district energy systems. IDEA engaged UK-based district energy specialist Michael King, author of the UK guidebook by the same name, to revise Community Energy: Planning, Development and Delivery for the U.S. market to reflect relevant national energy and environmental policies and incorporate current U.S. market conditions and policy drivers on a federal, state and local level.

Download the book: Community Energy: Planning, Development and Delivery

For more information or to request printed copies of Community Energy: Planning, Development & Delivery, please contact idea@districtenergy.org.

For information on the Canadian Community Energy Guide, please click here.


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Community Energy Development Workshop

The introductory workshop "Community Energy Planning & Delivery" was presented in conjunction with the publication of the U.S. Community Energy Development Guide at IDEA’s 103rd Annual Conference in Chicago Illinois on June 30, 2012. Planners earned 4.75 AICP CM credits for participating in this one-day IDEA Community Energy Development Workshop.

The Community Energy Development Workshop assembled experts with real world experience to explore energy planning and review the steps necessary to implement district energy into sustainable community planning and development efforts. This workshop provided guidance to planners, community leaders, real estate developers and economic development officials working to create community energy plans and interested in evaluating and implementing community-scale district energy. Experienced planners, city officials and industry leaders discussed best practices and reviewed a step-by-step approach to developing a successful community energy plan and deploying a district energy project. Learn more.

Background: publishing the "Community Energy Development Guide" for U.S. Audiences

About the Community Energy Development Guide

IDEA engaged Michael King, author and editor of the UK publication Community Energy: Planning, Development and Delivery Guide, to produce and disseminate this document for the U.S. market. The original guide was written with a specific focus on the United Kingdom to support and guide planners and project developers through the energy project development process. Great interest in the Guide was noted at IDEA's 102nd Annual Conference, held in conjunction with the Canadian District Energy Association in Toronto June 13-16, 2011, and IDEA initiated a partnership with Michael King to complete a revision for the U.S. market.


IDEA gratefully acknowledges the member organizations that agreed to support and contribute to the revision, production and dissemination process of the U.S. Guide.


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