Springfield Conducts Energy Assessment
In the fall of 2019, Springfield Township contracted with Practical Energy Solutions of West Chester, PA to conduct a series of benchmarking analyses to assess the energy consumption of municipal facilities. After the findings of that report suggested that the Township Administration Building and Library were utilizing more energy than similar buildings, an in-depth audit was conducted to ascertain the causes of the over-consumption and identify methods to reduce Township energy usage. By implementing the strategies in the audit, the Township is estimated to save on utility bills, drastically lower its energy consumption, and reduce its carbon footprint.
Springfield Signs on to Get Ready for 100
Upon the recommendation of the Springfield Environmental Advisory Commission, Springfield Township was one of the first municipalities in Montgomery County to publicly commit to transition to 100% clean and renewable energy. In fulfilling the pledge, the Township has actively taken steps to reduce municipal energy consumption and utilize renewable energy. To that end, the Board of Commissioners authorized Springfield to enter into a partnership with the West Chester based Practical Energy Solutions to analyze our energy consumption and make recommendations to lower our energy usage.
Springfield Township Clean Energy Purchases
The Board of Commissioners also approved a 12 month contract with Constellation Energy to transition the electricity consumed at the Township’s municipal campus from traditional electricity generation sources to renewable energy. This agreement was made possible through the Pennsylvania Municipal League’s Municipal Utility Alliance Program. Constellation Energy was selected by the League through a competitive Request for Proposal process. This transition to 100% renewable energy resulted in an added total cost of under $600 to the Township.
Springfield Pursues Sol-Smart Designation
In another move to promoting the use of renewable energy, Springfield Township has initiated the process of becoming one of a select few municipalities in the region to obtain a Sol-Smart designation. SolSmart is a national program led by the International City/County Management Association and The Solar Foundation that provides free technical experience to municipalities in the hopes of encouraging local use of solar power.