U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Tribal Energy Program

Strategic Energy Planning

This section provides an overview of the strategic energy planning process.

The first step in understanding your energy journey is to envision your destination. Where is it you want to go? What does that place look like? At the same time, take stock of where you are now, to better understand the resources you will need to get to your destination. The difference between these two points, where you are, and where you want to be, defines the work that needs to be done. Energy strategic planning can be a relatively straightforward process, as demonstrated below. However, the work needed to complete a plan may be considerable.

To continue, select a step in the strategic planning process or print the complete process:

Another useful resource is Energy Planning: A Guide for Northwest Indian Tribes, published by Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (Northwest SEED). The report contains information and resources to help select and implement projects to conserve energy, generate clean renewable energy, construct efficient and environmentally friendly buildings, and other energy-related community or business projects. Most of the content is useful to tribes outside the Northwest.