Alternative Energy Ordinance Working Group

DVRPC's Alternative Energy Ordinance Working Group (AEOWG). The AEOWG brings together leadership from counties and municipalities in the Greater Philadelphia region to support the safe and sound development of small-scale renewable energy systems, including solar photovoltaic, small wind (<100kW), and geothermal. This working group is convened by DVRPC's Office of Energy and Climate Change Initiatives as a component of its effort to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in the region. This work is in line with DVRPC's Long-Range Plan which identifies "Build an Energy Efficient Economy" as one of the four key strategies critical to realizing a sustainable future for our region.

Renewable Energy Ordinance Frameworks

DVRPC's Renewable Energy Ordinance Frameworks were developed by the AEOWG to serve as a resource for municipalities as they develop and update ordinances to govern the siting of small-scale renewable energy systems in their community. The purpose of these frameworks is to provide clear, consistent guidance on how to construct renewable energy ordinances that are consistent with state laws; are not overly restrictive or contradictory to the nature of renewable energy systems; and promote safe and sound community development.

Renewable Energy Frameworks have been developed for the following renewable energy technologies:

Contact DVRPC!

Let us know if you have drafted an ordinance in your community. Send along your comments, updates, and renewable energy resources to share with the region. Contact Liz Compitello at 215.238.2897 or

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