Why is a DER strategy important, and why is it valuable to begin planning and experimenting early, possibly even before significant funding is available?
This section is intended to help CCAs collaborate and share with each other, lessons learned and approaches taken to strategic planning: ranging from organic efforts or pilots driven by community demand or instincts about high-impact actions, to broad-ranging structured efforts with consulting partners to proactively define a multi-year roadmap.
While assessing options and developing a strategy for DER is essential, experience shows it’s not trivial, and historically CCAs defer investing much time until initial operational and financial stability are established. Learning from, and leveraging, the experience of other CCAs is the goal of this section.
“EBCE’s Local Development Business Plan is a treasure trove of valuable insights, analysis, and program designs that CCAs can leverage as a ”playbook” for DER strategies.”
(Chris Sentieri, EcoShift Consulting & LDBP Project Manager, 2018 Webinar)