Energy Strategies Action Plans

Certainly nobody wants to fail by implementing the work out energy strategy, it makes sense to take all of the steps necessary to ensure success, including developing an Action Plan. There are lots of good reasons to work out the details of your energy strategy in an action plan. They include:

  • To lend credibility to your organization. An action plan shows members of the community (including grantmakers) that your organization is well ordered and dedicated to getting things done.
  • To be sure you don't overlook any of the details
  • To understand what is and isn't possible for your organization to do
  • For efficiency: to save time, energy, and resources in the long run
  • For accountability: To increase the chances that people will do what needs to be done

What is an action plan?

An action plan is a way to make sure your organization's vision is made concrete. It describes the way your organization will use its energy strategy to meet its objectives. An action plan consists of a number of action steps or changes to be brought about in your community.

An action plan is different from most other plans in that it has built-in deliverables with deadlines. An action plan implies going beyond just planning to getting your plan done!
Each action step or change to be sought should include the following information:

  • What actions or changes will occur
  • Who will carry out these changes
  • By when they will take place, and for how long
  • What resources (i.e., money, staff) are needed to carry out these changes
  • Communication (who should know what?)

Sticking to those questions and more important the answers will help to create a succesful action plan. The success of the best worked out action plan is depending on several variables which can hardly be influenced. To increase the chance of succes, every action plan should follow certain criteria:

  • Complete? Does it list all the action steps or changes to be sought in all relevant parts of the community (e.g., schools, business, government, faith community)?
  • Clear? Is it apparent who will do what by when?
  • Current? Does the action plan reflect the current work? Does it anticipate newly emerging opportunities and barriers?

There are several examples for Action plans to be find in the worldwideweb. According to Article 4 of the European Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC) each European Member State has provided a National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP) to the European Commission, detailing projections for renewable energy development up to the year 2020. By that year, the cumulative consumption of renewable energy in all European Member States should result in an overall share of renewable energy of 20% across the European Union (EU).
The national Renewable Energy Action Plans can be downloaded here on the website of the European Commission.

PEA Project

In order to ensure sustainability and durability of the regional energy strategies every PEA partner region had to work out a action plan for the implementation of their respective strategy. To ensure a similare comparable action plan the partners should stick to developed template.

The Action plans include the elaboration of concrete work and actions, the definition of actors and partners for regional implementation processes, setting the time frame for different actions and identifying and defining the financial conditions (investments/rewards).

List of PEA Action Plans

Voru County, Estonia

Lathi Region, Finland

Ylivieska Subregion, Finalnd

RCG Prignitz, Germany

Kraslava Municipality, Latvia

Zarasai District, Lithuania

Visaginas Municipality, Lithuania

Ignalina District, Lithuania

Commune of Niepolomice, Poland

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