Local Energy Plan Toolkit

Creating a community-led Local Energy Plan can help your community understand its energy needs and plan for the best ways to meet these needs in the future. This toolkit supports the Guide to Local Energy Planning which covers every step of the process. So, have a read of this guide before you start moving through the toolkit.

The guide and toolkit have been developed as part of a pilot project to support the development and implementation of four community-led Local Energy Plans. The pilot is part of the COBEN project (Delivering Community Benefits of Civic Energy). Community-led Local Energy Plans are one way for communities to support current and future energy system developments, and can be beneficial alongside and in support of other local, regional and national strategies. The guide is intended to be updated to remain relevant within this changing context. The toolkit provides additional guidance, templates and example materials developed as part of the pilot, which you can read more about here

There are six stages in developing a Local Energy Plan. Click each stage below to find step by step guides, templates and examples to help you develop your plan.

Stage 1


The first step of developing your Local Energy Plan is to reflect on what’s already known about your community’s energy needs, challenges and opportunities.

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Stage 2


Next you need to get the local community on board and work out what area the Local Energy Plan will focus on, and what you’re looking to achieve through the process.

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Stage 3

Data Gathering

This stage is all about the detail – using the information and knowledge you have to build a clear picture of local energy use and generation.

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Stage 4

Options Appraisal

Now it’s time to consider your options and start thinking about what changes could be made to help tackle your community’s energy challenges.

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Stage 5

Plan Development

It’s time to write your Local Energy Plan, using all the information you’ve collected and setting out actions to take forward.

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Stage 6

Taking The Plan Forward

Developing your Local Energy Plan isn’t the end of the process – now you need to work out how to put it into practice and make your community’s ambitions a reality.

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