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Posted on: September 17, 2020

Meet the Clean Energy Planning Team

Lansdowne EAC Survey

Lansdowne aims to be a clean energy town, as witnessed by last year’s Borough Council resolution to have 100% of the electricity used for municipal, residential and business purposes come from renewable sources by 2035. Very little of the electricity from PECO comes this way, and two thirds of PECO’s residential customers in the region use their default mix, so we have a long way to go. 

It may seem like 15 years is plenty of time to achieve the goal, but Lansdowne’s Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) recognizes that a really good plan is critical and that the foundation of any plan should be feedback, guidance and support from residents, business owners, elected officials and Borough staff. We all need to work together on this exciting goal and this takes planning. 

First stage is formation of a Clean Energy Planning Team, which now has three members (EAC Chair Carol Martsolf, Dale Harris and Dana Robinson). We anticipate that Borough Council will approve a somewhat larger team and we would welcome hearing from potential volunteers (EACLansdowne@gmail.com).

The Clean Energy Planning Team is in the middle of a training program on energy literacy and clean energy planning. The training lays out a number of questions to address up front:

  1. What’s our vision for Lansdowne’s clean energy future?
  2. Who are the stakeholders we need to consult?
  3. How can we get the most from meetings with stakeholders?
  4. What are our priorities and next steps with respect to the following?
    • Energy efficiency (Borough, residential and commercial buildings)
    • Buying electricity from renewable sources
    • Electric vehicles
    • Solar panels in Lansdowne
    • Group buying of electricity along with other municipalities through contracts with developers of big solar projects

The EAC is also surveying residents and business owners on the environmental initiatives they would like to see in our community. The survey includes a wide range of topics from composting and hiking trails to electric vehicles and solar panels. Thanks to those who have participated! If you haven’t, the survey takes less than 5 minutes, and can be accessed here: (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C5C9LZB)

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