Community energy programs can take many forms. While one community might successfully conserve energy through energy-efficiency upgrades of its buildings, another community might be equally successful in a program that converts wind into electricity. Designing an energy program in your community will be dependent upon your community’s specific goals, resources, and conditions. But there are many resources that offer guidelines and step-by-step approaches to developing a program that meets your community’s goals.
A series of fact sheets produced by the U.S.Department of Energy, titled Tomorrow’s Energy Today: Energy Solutions for Cities and Counties addresses many topics related to municipal energy efficiency. One fact sheet, titled "Back to the Basics: Creating a Local Energy Program," offers a step-by-step approach your community can take to devise an energy efficiency program. The process outlined can be adapted to meet your community’s local conditions and specific goals.