close
close

Delaware, Chester, Bucks and Montgomery counties want to use renewable energy

The Sustainable Energy Partnership of Southeastern Pennsylvania will purchase renewable energy from WGL Energy for county operations.



SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA — Montgomery Bucks, Chester and Delaware counties have found a contractor to provide them with renewable energy to power their individual facilities, officials said Friday.

The four-county Southeastern Pennsylvania Sustainable Energy Partnership announced it is awarding WGL Energy a five-year contract to coordinate the purchase of retail electricity that will power four-county operations.

Subscribe

Officials said the Southeastern Pennsylvania Sustainable Energy Partnership (SEPSPA) was formed in 2020 to explore renewable energy purchase options for four member counties.

Through this partnership, counties work with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission to develop renewable energy strategies, gain access to low and stable energy prices, and use resources more efficiently.

WGL Energy, a licensed retail and energy risk management provider with a long history of serving Pennsylvania, won the contract that provides SEPSPA with the option to renew the contract after the first five years.

“SEPSPA decided to explore options to power county operations that would reflect our shared passion for supporting the environment and lowering electricity costs,” said Jamila Winder, chairwoman of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. “WGL Energy’s proposal to manage our portfolio is consistent with our interest in increasing access to low and stable energy prices, future renewable energy sources and efficient use of resources.”

Energy strategy specialist in the tender process Enel X advised SEPSPA on purchasing practices to find an electricity supplier with the flexibility and experience to best meet its broader energy goals of low-cost electricity, long-term price stability, increased transparency and renewable energy integration.

“WGL Energy is honored to have been selected by SEPSPA and we look forward to supporting the group’s energy goals,” said Mike McGinn, vice president of sales for WGL Energy. “We applaud SEPSPA for empowering counties to make cost-effective and sustainable energy purchasing choices through their commitment and leadership.”

Working with WGL Energy, SEPSPA implemented a contract structure that allows for the wholesale purchase of competitive fixed-rate power block offers in the generation supply market, supplemented with energy sourced from hourly markets. According to officials, this approach provides flexibility and cost-effectiveness, enabling access to low, transparent and stable electricity prices.

“Working with neighboring counties to create SEPSPA was an important first step toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions and lowering electricity costs in our collective county efforts,” said Josh Maxwell, chair of the Chester County Commissioners. “This second step, the WGL Energy award, pushes us forward in purchasing flexible, cheaper and sustainable electricity. This is what consciously developing renewable energy strategies looks like and benefits the entire region.”

“This partnership is the result of many years of collaboration among collar counties in southeastern Pennsylvania to find a smart way to be responsible stewards of the environment while lowering energy costs for ratepayers,” said Bob Harvie, vice chairman of Bucks County Commissioners. “On behalf of Bucks County: This agreement reflects our administration’s commitment to long-term and ongoing sustainability efforts, and we are proud to be a part of it.”

“We are excited to announce that we have selected an electricity purchasing provider,” said Elaine Paul Schaefer, a member of the Delaware County Council. “This will enable our counties to work together to create a more sustainable future for people across the region and future generations.”

“The Sustainable Energy Partnership has taken an important step towards achieving its mission; DVRPC applauds counties’ commitment to working toward their renewable energy goals,” said DVRPC Executive Director Ariella Maron. “This program illustrates the power of regional partnerships, proving that by working together we can address big challenges and reduce costs.”