Topic Brief

Improving the Process: Enabling Communities to Engage in Local Electricity System Planning and Use Clean Local Energy Resources

February 23, 2023

With the growth of clean local energy resources—such as rooftop solar, battery energy storage systems, and smart controls of appliances—there are opportunities for individuals and businesses to use clean energy resources in ways that could reduce the need for new utility infrastructure and its associated costs. However, the typical regulatory process governing utility infrastructure projects may not give communities adequate time, opportunities, and resources to seize the full potential of local clean energy resources. 

This brief outlines the typical regulatory processes related to the planning and construction of local electric utility infrastructure projects, and it illustrates where these processes could be improved to enable meaningful and productive community participation.


The topic brief is available below as a PDF. If you would like to view this toolkit as a PowerPoint presentation, please contact Edward Yim.

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Edward Yim
State and Utility Policy Director
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