Northern Section Energy Initiative

The APA California Northern Section Energy Initiative is a collective of planners, designers, and others with an interest in the intersection between the spaces we inhabit and the ever-shifting sources of the energy we consume.

The initiative launched in February 2012 with the objective of providing a forum for discussion, investigation, and contribution to the advancement of collective knowledge of the planning and design professional fields in the area of energy. Underlying this is the premise that patterns of urbanization, increased energy demand, regulatory changes, and the need for infrastructure upgrades will lead to power-generating facilities being more frequently sited within existing and proposed populated areas.

This will create a unique set of opportunities and challenges for communities, a scenario for which planners and designers are uniquely prepared to respond. The initiative strives to increase our collective preparedness.

For more information about the Northern Section Energy Initiative, contact us.



Getting to 50%: Renewable Energy in California

20 October 2015 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
SPUR, San Francisco


Planning for Low-Carbon Communities

24 February 2015 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
SPUR, San Francisco


Planning for California's - and Your Community's - Distributed Renewable Future

07 October 2013, 1:45 p.m.
2013 APA California Conference - Visalia, CA

12,000 Megawatts of Local Renewable Energy in California

12 September 2012, 6:00 p.m.

Wade Crowfoot, Governor's Office of Planning and Research;

Larisa Dobriansky, Global Energy Network for Community Sustainability

Video (Courtesy Chuck Kapelke)


Planning for Distributed Renewable Energy

19 September 2011

Stephanie Wang, Clean Coalition


Energy Basics for Planners

28 July 2011

Greg Blue, SunPower Corporation; Rachel Peterson, CPUC; Peter Weiner, Paul Hastings


Working Group Member Publications & Activities

Distributed Renewable Energy:
Anticipating Energy Development in Communities
- Josh Hohn, AICP

PAS Memo, Nov/Dec 2012 (Subscription required)

Intelligent Gigabyte Cities: The Wave of the Future - Michele Rodriguez, AICP, LEED AP

Smart + Connected Communities Institute


Distributed Renewable Energy: Plan On It - Josh Hohn, AICP

Northern News, December 2011 / January 2012

Energy and Land Use - Michele Rodriguez, AICP, LEED AP

California Planner, January / February 2010

Sustainable Urban Energy Planning:          A Roadmap for Reasearch and Funding
- Alex Lantsberg, AICP

California Energy Commission Consultant Report, June 2005

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