Clean Energy Plan
As part of the West Chester Area Council of Governments (COG), West Whiteland Township has partnered with East Goshen Township, West Goshen Township, East Bradford Township, Westtown Township and West Chester Borough to develop a plan to meet energy transition targets for the entire West Chester area:
100% renewable electricity by the year 2035
100% renewable energy by the year 2050
The COG hired The Cadmus Group, a Boston-based energy consulting firm, to complete a study on the feasibility, costs and opportunities of a renewable energy transition, and to create a long-term, actionable roadmap to achieve the targets. Cadmus conducted interviews with members of an advisory group overseeing development of the study, as well as external stakeholders in the use and provision of energy, and held a community visioning workshop. Local residents provided input on local priorities around clean energy, as well as implementation challenges that our region may face.
Renewable Energy Transition Study
Cadmus compiled a list of strategy options for transitioning transportation and building energy uses to electricity and for increasing the amount of renewable energy fueling electricity. The final West Chester Area 100% Renewable Energy Transition Study was accepted by the COG in February 2020. The consultant also developed a project web page with more information about the process
The municipalities in the COG are discussing next steps. Initial options include joining together to purchase solar energy through a power purchase agreement, similar to agreements that SEPTA and the City of Philadelphia recently entered into, and assembling information to make it easier for residents and businesses to learn the best, and most affordable ways, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
West Whiteland also is reviewing the recommended strategies to develop a game plan for implementation specifically in our township. More information will be coming soon.
What Can I Do to Help?
For now, check out the outdoor science center at Boot Road Park, created by resident and student Matthew Dakin, and keep these tips in mind:
- Look for ways to conserve energy at home, and while driving, to help reduce overall demand for energy, regardless of its source.
- Look for options to select your source of electric generation from a renewable energy company.
- Support local and state efforts to pursue renewable energy initiatives for our municipalities.