District-Scale Energy Planning


The report from the project, District-Scale Energy Planning (2015), introduces a four-phase process for district-scale energy planning:

  1. 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.
  2. Feasibility, in which the community assesses the technical and commercial viability of a district-scale energy system in the district.
  3. Project Development, in which responsibility shifts to the energy system developers and users as they begin to design and build the system.
  4. 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