Where is the waste? An introduction to auditing community energy use

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 · available on-demand

59 minutes

Learn how a community energy audit can pave the way to reducing waste and tapping clean energy resources to meet green goals and save on energy bills.

Reducing fossil energy use is key to meeting sustainability goals for communities that have made a commitment to becoming greener. Assessing current patterns and levels of energy use allows municipalities to create effective programs to meet community goals. It establishes a baseline from which to identify existing savings opportunities and clean energy resources and to compare savings as they occur.

This webinar will introduce the community energy audit as part of a six-step community energy planning process. We'll describe the necessary steps to complete an energy audit and identify useful sources of information as well as show typical energy savings opportunities found in Upper Midwestern communities. Participants will learn about the experiences of several Wisconsin municipalities that are exploring their own energy use patterns and efficiency opportunities. We'll show connections between energy efficiency and economic development, strategies for incorporating energy into comprehensive planning, and opportunities for integrating energy savings with existing community programs. Finally, find out which energy efficiency opportunities communities have identified, sometimes in unexpected places.

This webinar includes:

The connection of energy use to community sustainability goals.

The six-step process of community energy planning:

  1. Forming the goal and vision
  2. The energy use baseline
  3. The resource baseline
  4. The evaluation of alternatives
  5. The plan and timeline
  6. The measure of success

An overview of the energy audit process.

Other factors in the clean energy mix that connect to program design.

Who should watch?

This webinar is designed for community planners, economic development professionals, municipal employees and local elected officials, energy efficiency program managers, workforce development professionals, residential contractors and consultants, legislators and regulators, and advocates and professionals in the fields of energy and sustainable communities.