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Understanding Your City's Energy Resources


Does your city incorporate energy planning into local policies?

In order to devote effort to local energy issues, local governments have to understand community energy use and prepare for energy resources, markets, and technologies evolving over time. This white paper reviews the importance of planning for a community’s energy future by understanding the current conditions of local energy use and identifying the valuable local energy resources for which there are, or could soon be, development opportunities.



Brian Ross, AICP, LEED GA

Brian Ross, AICP, LEED GA

Great Plains Institute

  • Program director at the Great Plains Institute, manages renewable energy technical assistance, assisted dozens of local governments across multiple states on zoning, programs, from Colorado to Illinois
  • 25 years of direct experience in local and regional land use planning, managed dozens of comprehensive plans and zoning updates for cities across the Midwest
  • Co-author of the American Planning Association’s Planning for Solar Energy PAS Report
  • Authored Local Government Solar Energy Toolkits for four states (MN, IL, WI, IA), including model solar ordinances tailored to each state’s statutory enabling language
  • SolSmart National Criteria Advisory Committee, developing the best practice criteria for this national solar-ready certification program for local governments
  • Project leader for a national Solar Energy Innovation Network team, working with the National Renewable Energy Lab
  • Conducts national trainings and webinars on solar planning and zoning; multiple trainings at APA’s National Planning Conference, multiple State APA conferences, Solar Power International, Smart Growth Network, National SolSmart webinar trainings, Sustainable States Network
  • M.A. degree in urban and regional planning, University of Iowa
  • Can be contacted at [email protected] or 612-767-7296

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