Communal energy planning

In 2017, the municipality of Glarus was the first community in the Canton of Glarus to develop a communal energy plan. With a spatial energy planning developed by intep, the municipality lays the planning foundation for future projects and guarantees a sustainable, coordinated and environmentally friendly heat supply.

Efficient use of local renewable energy sources


Project period

2017 - 2019


Municipality Glarus


Communal energy planning

An energy planning strategy is targeted at coordinating the energy supply in a municipality or a region and adapting it to the structural development of the municipalities. The objective is to use local renewable energies as efficiently as possible, increase local added value, gain more autonomy, and gaining independence from  fossil fuels. With a communal energy plan, the municipality coordinates its future energy supply at the planning level. Areas with priority regarding a specific energy source and locations for energy generation plants are secured on a spatial planning level. The contents of the energy plan are binding for the authorities and can be made binding for private landowners, for instance in special use planning.


In the municipality of Glarus, the future areas of action include increasing the energy efficiency of the communal property portfolio and optimizing the use of energy from waste heat and environmental sources. In addition, the efficient, economic and ecologically sensible expansion of grid-bound energy sources needs to be ensured, for example, for the replacement of oil heating systems in heritage-protected buildings.


Based on the current situation and the local opportunities, targets for energy planning were defined. Considering the expected development, the potential for efficiency as well as existing and potential energy sources, intep has created a map with areas in which a specific energy source has priority or is suitable. Short-, medium- and long-term measures related to the defined areas were developed by intep during the entire energy planning process, and the corresponding monitoring was listed.


Analysis of the current energy use on the municipal land

Analysis of the energy consumption of municipal buildings and facilities

Analysis of future energy requirements and assessment of local potentials

Definition of objectives and supply areas with the participation of the various stakeholders

Development of implementation activities in order to achieve the objectives and monitoring

Create energy plan map and report and communication

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