The report from the project, District-Scale Energy Planning (2015), introduces a four-phase process for district-scale energy planning:
- Initial Assessment, in which the community defines the district’s boundaries and goals and determines how future growth and land use changes could affect the system.
- Feasibility, in which the community assesses the technical and commercial viability of a district-scale energy system in the district.
- Project Development, in which responsibility shifts to the energy system developers and users as they begin to design and build the system.
- Operation, Optimization, and Expansion, in which the system operator and other stakeholders, including the community, improve the system’s operations and determine whether and how to expand it.
Read the report here: www2.epa.gov/smart-growth/district-scale-energy-planning