Renewable Springfield refers to the overall effort Springfield Township is making to fulfill its committed to getting to 100% clean, renewable electricity by 2035, and 100% clean, renewable energy for our vehicles and building heat by 2050. The initiative was formally known as “Ready for 100” in reference to the fact that Springfield Township was one of the first municipalities in Montgomery County to sign on to the “Ready for 100% Clean Energy” nationwide initiative, and passed a resolution establishing these goals in January, 2019.
Transitioning to 100% Clean/Renewable Energy
The Township has started the transition to renewable energy by ensuring that current operations are efficient and conserve as much energy as possible. We have performed an energy audit of the municipal buildings which is expected to generate annual cost savings and reduce annual carbon emissions by up to 200,000 pounds per year. Another step already taken is the replacement of some of the Township’s traditional (internal combustion engine) vehicles with hybrid models (see Springfield PD Goes Green as First Hybrid Goes into Service).
The Township’s Energy Transition Plan includes a discussion of Clean Transportation by 2050 and provides recommendations for a transitioning of the municipal fleet, currently energized by fossil fuels, to vehicles and equipment that obtains renewable energy from the electric grid.
Along with changes in municipal operations, the transition to clean energy involves education and outreach to township citizens, who are encouraged to research and implement ways to increase clean energy in the home. To that end, the Springfield Township Environmental Advisory Commission (EAC) is putting together resources and programs to help citizens learn how to transition to solar power, electric vehicles, and other options to go green (view a recording of our How to Go Solar webinar here).
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).
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