Creating a Time Line

Unlike the challenges of options integration, preparing a strategic energy plan is relatively straightforward: Simply write down a description of where you want to go, and how you want to get there. If you have been thorough up to this point, this vision should be apparent, but there will be many details to figure out.

It is not the objective of the plan to figure out all the details. It is the objective of the plan to list as many of the details as possible — of things that must be further investigated and quantified — and to begin to identify these within a textual or graphic time line, where it becomes possible to visualize the flow of the project from start to completion. As the plan unfolds, it will be possible to determine "critical path" items, identify long-lead-time items, sequence project decisions, and provide a management tool that can be used to help track progress.