Definition of a Zero Net Energy Community

From Open Energy Information


This document provides a definition for a net zero-energy community. A community that offsets all of its energy use from renewable energy available within the community's built environment. It assists a community also by showing the importance of this classification by encouraging developers and campus and community planners to develop a comprehensive multi-year plan to both understand the magnitude of change needed in community energy patterns to move toward the concept of a net-zero community and to lay out a multi-year scenario with defined milestones to drive the transition. 


This is a reference that can assist any community who is interested in the concept of net zero-energy. It includes a series of milestones that can assist a community in planning energy reduction that can be included in any energy planning process.


  1.  "Definition of a 'Zero Net Energy' Community"