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Methodology Document

The foundation of the California Energy Assurance Planning (CaLEAP) project is the creation of a California-specific methodology to help local governments develop Energy Assurance Plans. The methodology will not only guide local governments through the EAP process but will also be the basis on which the web tool will be designed.

Significant consideration in creating the methodology was given to leveraging existing material/methodologies; but customizing it to reflect the realities within California. As previously mentioned, the CaLEAP effort is expanding upon recent work completed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). As part of the DOE effort, Local Government Energy Assurance Guidelines were prepared. These documents provide an excellent overview of the key energy-related pieces of information (and steps) that are needed to become more resilient.

Another significant document was the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Comprehensive Planning Guide (CPG) 101. This document laid out a methodology to ensure that a comprehensive planning process was followed. Many local governments in California have used this process in preparing other plans.

The blending of these documents provided the right mix to assist local governments through the CaLEAP process. The CaLEAP methodology consists of four steps and three sub-steps:

1. Form a Team
2. Develop Your Energy Assurance Plans (EAP)
    a. Understand Your Situation
    b. Identify GAPS
    c. Assemble Actions/Projects
3. EAP Review and Approval
4. EAP Implementation and Maintenance


The CaLEAP methodology also discussed areas to leverage and incorporate relevant material and information into plans.

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