Philadelphia, PA -- A new report released by the watchdog Energy and Policy Institute this week has revealed that electric utilities clearly understood the impacts of climate change 30 years ago.
Philadelphia utility PECO is represented by the Edison Electric Institute, which is shown by the study to have been key in pushing policies hostile to solar and renewable energy, despite recognizing the challenges of climate change as early as 1988.
PHILADELPHIA- Well-worn but jubilant, a band of interfaith walkers converged with around 200 citizens, prominent Philadelphia clergy, and the national activists Bill McKibben and Bishop Dwayne Royster to walk from City Hall to PECO today. This was the last mile of the 100-mile Walk for Green Jobs and Justice, which left from North Philly two weeks ago and circled through PECO’s service territory, calling for solar job growth and economic justice.
Carrying their own brilliant yellow sun, about a dozen walkers will gather outside Croydon Generating Station at 9:00 am on Friday, May 19. They say that installing solar on area homes, schools, and churches will produce more local jobs than the oil-fired plant, and PECO should purchase more of its electricity locally.
Carrying their own brilliant yellow sun, about a dozen walkers are making their way through Montgomery County this week, on a trek for a new energy future. Ranging from millennials to a 79 year-old great grandpa, they will be joined by local congregations calling for solar job growth in the area.
A watchdog group has shown how the Edison Electric Institute, a trade organization of investor-owned utilities including PECO, has used money derived from billpayers' pockets for legislative and policy work that should be charged to shareholders instead.
CHESTER- A group of interfaith activists walked from Eddystone Generating Station to the Chester Exploration Zone today to say PECO should run its grid on local solar built in cities where unemployment is high. Burning oil or gas for electricity is safest far away from where the power gets used. But solar technology can put the power directly in the community that needs it, bringing jobs, savings, and cleaner air.
PHILADELPHIA- About 40 walkers took the first steps of a 100 mile journey for justice outside of Morris Chapel Baptist Church this morning, after a blessing from 9 clergy leaders. In a group ranging from millennials to great-grandparents, the walkers began a circle through PECO’s service area, moving between dirty fossil fuel plants to sites where solar jobs could build a bright future.
Things have not been the same at PECO’s Center City headquarters since the launch of the Power Local Green Jobs campaign in September 2015. On more than a dozen occasions, members of EQAT (Earth Quaker Action Team) and POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild) have gathered in the company’s lobby and plaza with the message that it is not OK for less than 1% of the electricity that PECO sells to come from solar energy.
PHILADELPHIA- Lining the walls of PECO’s lobby with electric candles and post-it notes, 45 Quaker and interfaith activists called for PECO to commit to connecting jobs-hungry communities to solar opportunities. Solar is one of the fastest growing industries in the country.
PHILADELPHIA- A hundred runners and walkers did laps around PECO’s Market Street headquarters on Saturday, October 1st, saying that PECO has been giving a “run-around” to delay a transition to solar energy and a major increase in green jobs. The protest continues the Power Local Green Jobs campaign for 20% local solar by 2025.