Energy and Emissions Profile for West Vincent Township, Chester County, PA

Introduction

In 2018, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission completed a regional energy use and greenhouse gas emissions inventory for the nine-county DVRPC region. As part of this inventory, DVRPC allocated both energy use and greenhouse gas emissions to individual counties and municipalities based on 2015 data. Please note that not all sectors were allocated to the municipal level, including aviation, freight rail, and intercity rail. The chart on page 20 of the Methods and Sources document indicates which sectors are allocated to the municipal level, and a general assessment of the quality of that allocation. This report gathers the municipally allocated energy usage, greenhouse gas emissions, and energy expenditure information for West Vincent Township in an easy-to-read document intended to support local decision-making.

This report is meant to serve as a starting point for municipal policy-making. More detailed local analysis can improve on this inventory and reveal particular opportunities for efficiency improvements and emission reductions in both the public and private sector. DVRPC's Office of Energy & Climate Change Initiatives can provide additional guidance and assistance in performing this local analysis. This report will be updated with new data upon completion of DVRPC's energy use and emissions inventory for 2020.

West Vincent Township

West Vincent Township is classified by DVRPC as a Rural Area. A Rural Area is characterized by a significant amount of agricultural and/or natural lands..

In 2015, 5,038 people lived in West Vincent Township, comprising 1,722 households. The median household income in West Vincent Township was $132,000, and 1,480 jobs were located in West Vincent Township.

DVRPC estimates that West Vincent Township consumed 467 billion BTUs (BBTUs) of energy in stationary (e.g., home heating) and mobile (e.g., automobile travel) applications. The total cost of the energy used in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors and for on-road vehicle travel is estimated to be $10,900,000. Combustion of fuels to produce the energy consumed in West Vincent Township, in combination with non-energy sources of greenhouse gases, resulted in the release of 35,400 metric tons of CO2 equivalent (MTCO2e). Of sectors for which data is available and able to be allocated to the municipal level, the residential sector consumed the most energy, consuming 195 BBTUs of energy. The residential sector also produced the most emissions, emitting 15,900 MTCO2e. Energy use, energy expenditures, and GHG emissions by sector are shown in the three bar graphs below.

Energy Use By Sector

Sector Energy Use (BBTU) %
Residential 195 42%
Commercial & Industrial 99 21%
Mobile-Highway 172 37%
Mobile-Transit 1 <1%
Total 467 100%

Energy Expenditures By Sector

Sector Expenditures (Dollars) %
Residential 5,264,394 48%
Industrial & Commercial 2,006,405 18%
Mobile-Highway 3,599,918 33%
Mobile-Transit N/A 0%
Total $10,870,717 100%

GHG Emissions by Sector

Sector Emissions (MTCO2e.) %
Residential 15,891 45%
Industrial & Commercial 8,959 25%
Mobile-Highway 13,236 37%
Mobile-Transit 147 <1%
Non-Energy GHG -2,829 -8%
Total 35,404 100%

Residential Energy Usage and Emissions

Electricity provided the most energy for the residential sector in West Vincent Township in terms of BTUs consumed. The residential sector used a total of 20,900,000 kWhs or 71 BBTUs of electricity. Electricity was the largest source of West Vincent Township's GHG emissions by the residential sector, resulting in 7,940 MTCO2e. of emissions. Of energy sources for which price data was available, electricity consumption resulted in the highest energy expenditures, costing users $2,850,000.

Energy Use By Source

Energy Source Energy Use (BBTUs)* %
Electricity 71 36%
Natural Gas 37 19%
Fuel Oil 47 24%
LPG 40 20%
Other Fuels 0 <1%
Total 195 100%
*The value shown for BBTU of electricity represents only the direct energy content of the electricity itself, not that of fuels used to generate the electricity. An estimated 42 BBTU of coal (2,184 short tons), 1 BBTU of oil (168 barrels), 70 BBTU of natural gas (67,854 million cubic feet), and 1 BBTU of other fossil fuels were used to generate this electricity.

Energy Expenditures By Source

Energy Source Cost %
Electricity $2,848,853 54%
Natural Gas $391,949 7%
Fuel Oil $908,855 17%
LPG $1,114,737 21%
Other Fuels N/A N/A
Total $5,264,394 100%

GHG Emissions By Source

Energy Source Emissions (MTCO2e.) %
Electricity 7,938 50%
Natural Gas 1,980 12%
Fuel Oil 3,497 22%
LPG 2,475 16%
Other Fuels 0 <1%
Total 15,891 100%

Commercial and Industrial Energy Usage and Emissions

For the combined commercial and industry sector, electricity provided the most used energy in terms of BTUs consumed. Commercial and industrial facilities consumed 15,500,000 kWhs or 53 BBTUs of electricity. Electricity was the largest source of West Vincent Township's GHG emissions by the combined commercial and industrial sector, resulting in 5,890 MTCO2e. of emissions. Of energy sources for which price data was available, electricity consumption resulted in the highest energy expenditures, costing users $1,300,000.

Energy Use By Source

Energy Source Energy Use (BBTUs)* %
Electricity 53 54%
Natural Gas 7 7%
Fuel Oil 23 23%
LPG 16 16%
Other Fuels 0 <1%
Total 99 100%
*The value shown for BBTU of electricity represents only the direct energy content of the electricity itself, not that of fuels used to generate the electricity. An estimated 31 BBTU of coal (1,621 short tons), 1 BBTU of oil (125 barrels), 52 BBTU of natural gas (50,353 million cubic feet), and 1 BBTU of other fossil fuels were used to generate this electricity.

Energy Expenditures By Source

Energy Source Cost %
Electricity $1,301,323 65%
Natural Gas $57,042 3%
Fuel Oil $407,270 20%
LPG $240,770 12%
Other Fuels N/A 0%
Total $2,006,405 100%

GHG Emissions By Source

Energy Source Emissions (MTCO2e.) %
Electricity 5,891 66%
Natural Gas 379 4%
Fuel Oil 1,683 19%
LPG 1,006 11%
Other Fuels 0 <1%
Total 8,959 100%

Mobile Energy Usage and Emissions

Vehicles of all kinds, including private passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, and public transit vehicles, also contribute to energy usage and GHG emissions in West Vincent Township. Motor gasoline provided the most energy. Motor vehicles with trips either starting or ending in West Vincent Township* consumed 1,070,000 gallons of motor gasoline, containing 129 BBTUs of energy. This consumption cost users an estimated $3,600,000. Altogether, emissions related to mobile energy use from all sources attributed to West Vincent Township amounted to 13,400 MTCO2e. from all sources. Note that the electricity use for transportation is an allocated amount of electricity use for rail, not for electric cars.

*Half of each trip originating or terminating in West Vincent Township was allocated to West Vincent Township. The remainder was allocated to the municipality at the other end of each trip.

Energy Use By Fuel

Fuel Energy Use (BBTUs)* %
Motor Gasoline 129 75%
Diesel Fuel 42 24%
Electricity 1 1%
Total 173 100%
*The value shown for BBTU of electricity represents only the direct energy content of the electricity itself, not that of fuels used to generate the electricity. An estimated 1 BBTU of coal (39 short tons), 0 BBTU of oil (3 barrels), 1 BBTU of natural gas (1,198 million cubic feet), and 0 BBTU of other fossil fuels were used to generate this electricity.

Energy Expenditures By Fuel

Fuel Expenditures (Dollars)* %
Motor Gasoline 2,696,566 75%
Diesel Fuel 903,353 25%
Electricity N/A 0%
Total 3,599,918 100%
*Does not include estimated expenditures for rail transit.

GHG Emissions By Source

Source Emissions (MTCO2e.) %
Mobile Highway 13,236 99%
Mobile Transit 147 1%
Total 13,383 100%

Non-Energy Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Agricultural sources accounted for the largest proportion of West Vincent Township's non-energy greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, contributing 2,130 MTCO2e. of the muncipality's total emissions.

Agricultural Sources Fugitive Emissions Waste Management Wastewater Management Industrial Processes LULUCF* Total
2,126 72 1,501 155 0 -6,681 -2,829
*Land Use, Land Use Change, and Forestry