Green Communities Research Center

Clean Energy Sources

Developing alternative and renewable energy sources and incorporating these clean energy sources in our communities is important for addressing climate change and becoming a more sustainable community. Tested and emerging technologies such as co-generation, wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, and hydrokinetic are all ways to decrease the use of fossil fuels and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

APA will soon begin a project on wind energy, Community Planning Strategies for Successful Wind Energy Implementation. APA released a Policy Guide on Energy in 2004.

In 2005, a national survey was conducted to assess the current state of planners' capacity, knowledge, and educational needs concerning the integration of energy issues into planning. The results were presented in the March/April 2006 PAS Memo. Another survey was conducted in 2007.

The January/February 2009 PAS Memo "Integrating Energy and Climate into Planning" discusses local energy resources and PAS Essential Info Packet 18: Planning and Zoning for Renewable Energy contains links to a number of sample ordinances, plans, and policies for renewable energy.