Cleaner Energy for a Cleaner West Chester
The West Chester Area Council of Governments (COG), is comprised of West Whiteland Township, East Goshen Township, West Goshen Township, East Bradford Township, Westtown Township and West Chester Borough. The COG has partnered to develop a plan to meet energy transition targets for the entire West Chester area, with the specific goals of:
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.
Introducing the West Chester Area Clean Energy Future, the first step towards clean, reliable, and affordable energy for the West Chester Area and a healthier and more equitable future.
Our Mission: Informing and engaging with every part of the Greater West Chester community on the topics of energy choices, impacts, and opportunities.
Our Objective: To Reduce, Electrify, and Transition our energy sources to 100% clean, renewable energy community-wide by 2050
Partners and Endorsements
The PECO Home Energy Assessment Team is collaborating with the CEF Steering Committee to offer in-home energy assessments to advice WC area residents on ways to reduce energy consumption and save on our energy bills.
Contact Mike Schneller at Michael.Schneller@clearesult.com or 215-370-2866 with any questions. Ask about the WCA CEF discount!
Solarize Greater West Chester
The all-volunteer team, in collaboration with Solarize Southeast PA, is acting as an advocate for WC area residents that are interested in rooftop solar energy. Solarize/GWC is not associated with any installer, but will recommend local homeowners that have agreed to share their stories with their neighbors.
Contact Solarize/GWC at https://solarizesoutheastpa.com/gwc/
SHAUN WALSH, WEST GOSHEN TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR
"The WCA Clean Energy Future initiative is an excellent example of local government and community collaboration to help us transition to a renewable energy future. One key step is the evaluation of a collective local government approach to purchase renewable electricity for municipal operations. With the cost of solar farms plummeting by 90% since 2009, there is the exciting possibility to both lower electricity costs for local government and reduce air pollution through a clean energy purchase power agreement."
“Our community is serious about curbing the serious health risks of carbon pollution. Renewable energy is now very much within reach, and buying clean energy for our electricity supply is an essential first step we can take. Taxpayers want to see their money go toward a stronger local economy with good jobs and community well-being, not pollution.”