Delaware County - Making Energy Planning Work


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A presentation on Energy Planning efforts in Delaware County for planning professionals.

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  • We have a chance to guide our municipalities, but no authority to mandate changes on the local level. We have more resources than many of our municipalities to provide guidance, and a broader view. We are not as burdened by the day to day crises, but are more so than the state or region which can focus on higher level policy. Can help translate the more specialized knowledge base from regional entities and private sector to the municipal level. We can use our facility experience to provide guidance to municipalities and the greater community. We have local knowledge of our communities, and their interactions than the region
  • Unlike more regional levels of government, in our experience planning was added after there was already some County work done.
  • Projects included bike plan and green pages
  • Maybe just this slide.
  • Creating a framework tying in past and future projects into an assessment capital plan for County facilities and guidance for our municipalities.
  • All carrots, no sticks.
  • Find out what is happening piecemeal in your organization and make the argument for planning it together. Sometimes we forget our own emphasis on comprehensive planning as we work in our planning silos.
  • Delaware County - Making Energy Planning Work

    1. 1. Making Energy Planning WorkDelaware County’s Perspective Justin Dula, AICP Delaware County Planning Department County & Regional Planning Section March 29, 2012
    2. 2. County Role in Energy PlanningSTRENGTHS CHALLENGES Opportunity for guidance  Lack of authority to and “leading by example” mandate changes on the Greater resources and local level broader view than  Fewer resources and less municipalities specialized expertise Interaction with both compared to regional municipalities and the entities and the private private sector sector Local knowledge of  Greater responsibility to communities constituents and elected Less restricted by specific officials political concerns and day  Less policy directed than to day operations State and Region
    3. 3. Delaware County Planning Efforts Experience with Energy Projects & Planning  Before Planning  Staff Time Only Planning  Federally Funded Projects Learning from Our Experiences  Project Influences  Lessons Learned  Maintaining Interest  What Is Next
    4. 4. Energy Work Started Before Planning Initial steps  Being done piecemeal by Public Works, Buildings and Maintenance, and other Departments.  Solar Panel Demonstration Guaranteed Energy Savings Act Project ESCO on Courthouse &  Hybrid Vehicles Government Center, Fair Acres Source: Delaware County
    5. 5. Delaware County’s Energy PlanningEfforts: Where it All Began…  Municipalities Planning Code:  “To promote energy conservation and the effective utilization of renewable energy sources, the Council appointed energy comprehensive plan experts from throughout the may include an energy County conservation plan 2008 – Council-appointed element…” Energy and Environmental Advisory Board (EEAB) formed Source: Delaware County
    6. 6. EEAB Results Focused on easily implementable low cost to no cost items Focused on County Facilities & assisting the County Community Matrix of projects, cost, and time for implementation Some projects Source: Delaware County were implemented
    7. 7. 2009 Energy Action Agenda DRAFT Delaware County, PA Grant?Committee Initiative Focus Area Priority Cost Impact Timeframe PartnersLand Use Sustainable Incorporate Sustainable County H L M I,SProjects Development development principles into Government - - the Countys Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance (SALDO) Incorporate Sustainable County H L M I, S development principles into Government - - the County Comprehensive Plan Include Transit Oriented County H L M I Development principles in the Government - - Countys SALDO Incorporate Sustainable County H L M S developement principles into Government - - the Countys Revitalization Program Energy Include "green" elements in County H L M S Efficient existing County Government - - Development redevelopment grant programs Incentives Provide discounted County County H L M I assistance for zoning Government - - ordinances that include TOD or sustainable development principles Green Develop model County green County H L M S Building building standards Government - - Support and promote the principles of the County H L M I Countys Bike Plan Government - - Initiate tree planting program on County County H L,M H I, S properties Government - - Source: Delaware County
    8. 8. DelCo EECBG Projects Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) Granted by the DOE - 2009 Recovery Act Delaware County Allocation = $3.66 million Unique opportunity, but also wanted to avoid continuing costs GESA program already completed, so looking to fill in the gaps left Mix of implementation with some planning projects
    9. 9. DelCo EECBG Projects Solar Panel installation on County Buildings  Public Works, Buildings and Maintenance  $1,400,851 Prison Energy Audit and Improvements  Public Works, Prison Board  $817,640 Transportation Incentives  Personnel, Transportation Management Association  $102,840 Municipal Grant Program Conservation Plan and Action Strategy Source: Delaware County
    10. 10. Source: Practical Energy Solutions
    11. 11. Municipal Energy Efficiency GrantProgram - Overview $873,088 Budgeted Distributed to 46 municipalities that have not received EECBG formula funding, 35 municipalities participated. Initial offering: $15,000 per municipality, but was increased to $22,200 given participation in the program. County Council wanted flexibility in the program to all eligible projects.  Prescriptive & Custom measures  Feeding into overall Energy Plan and Action Strategy Municipalities met meeting with consultants to identify projects.
    12. 12. Project Break Down Estimates Interior lighting/delamping: 31% Replacement HVAC units: 19%* Thermal controls (central or programmable)/rezoning: 14% Occupancy/day lighting sensors for lighting: 8% Exterior lighting: 6% Street lighting: 6% Building envelope (windows, weather stripping): 6% Unit heater replacements (public works, firehouses): 5% LED traffic lights: 2.5% Wastewater treatment pump upgrades: 2.5%*Unit heater replacements counted separately Source: Delaware County
    13. 13. Conservation Plan & Action Strategy -Overview $473,881 Budgeted Two parts which provide framework for existing and future projects  Energy Plan for the greater County community including municipalities  Action Strategy for County owned facilities Early implementation items also included Incorporating information gathered during the grant program
    14. 14. Energy Plan & Action StrategyImplementation Laundry Press at Fair Acres. Operational and Capital Needs Assessments Green Ribbon Committee E lec tric ity C ons umption in D elaware C ounty 1% Energy Tracking and 37% R es idential Reporting Tools 44% C ommerc ial Indus trial Mobile-Trans it Transportation 18% Incentives Source: Practical Energy Solutions
    15. 15. Delaware County Planning Efforts Experience with Energy Projects & Planning  Before Planning  Staff Time Only Planning  Federally Funded Projects Learning from Our Experiences  Project Influences  Lessons Learned  Maintaining Interest  What Is Next
    16. 16. Influences on Our Projects Elected official leadership Visible projects for constituents Financial constraints Municipal needs Federal funding requirements Private sector expertise Marketing and toolbox approach Source: Delaware County
    17. 17. Lessons – Partner Internally  Get an elected official champion behind the planning process  Internal focus on key departments (Public Works, Buildings and Maintenance) leaves out planning  Departments brought in later had useful input that should have been incorporated at the outset Municipalities  Programs on the County level have to meet their needs  Finding the right people at municipalities takes time Expertise  Make the case for outside expertise early on  Private sector or specialized staff will be needed Regionally  Avoid duplication of efforts that are similar through larger areas  Showcase model local communities to make regional efforts more locally accepted
    18. 18. Lessons – Work With Strengths Keep it positive for the county community  County level is all carrots, no sticks so encouragement is our only tool  Showcase model local communities and let them be the example  Work to leverage regional resources  Be a clearinghouse for local knowledge and experience Lead by example  Highlight your projects to municipalities and the greater community  Try to be honest and include learning experiences as well
    19. 19. Planning Gets Results Gather and integrate background data Build on successes Market results and efforts Prioritize future improvements Source: Practical Energy Solutions
    20. 20. What’s Next Implementing action strategy for County facilities Back to easily implementable items, low cost items with the end of EECBG funds Increased energy awareness in several County Departments, chance to explore policy changes Working on regional efforts and model zoning. Partnering with DVRPC and GPIC Source: Delaware County
    21. 21. Contacts – Delaware County General Environmental and Energy Initiatives e: w: Justin Dula, AICP Rebecca Ross, AICP Manager, County and Regional Planning Principal Planner, County & Regional Planning p: (610) 891-5219 p: (610) 891-5025 e: e: Delaware County Planning Department 201 West Front Street Media, PA 19063-2708 f: (610) 891-5203 w: