At AEA, we believe that data-driven planning will result in better outcomes for a community. In order to be able to make informed decisions about the future of your community, you need to understand how well your systems are running and where there are opportunities for improvement. To understand a community’s needs and opportunities, it is important to gather and analyze a number of different types of data. Gathering data about the finances, operations, consumption, and performance of the community’s energy systems is needed to make the best decisions.
Resources to help you include:
Some information that will help communities to evaluate options is not publicly available. Communities and utilities will have to gather information from fuel distributors, power plant operators, and other sources to understand the community’s needs and opportunities adequately.