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 Climate and Environment 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 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.
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.
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.
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.