Youth and North Philly clergy demand green jobs and clean air from PECO

PHILADELPHIA -- They might be young, but they know PECO isn’t transitioning to clean energy fast enough to protect their future. Ten youth members of the Power Local Green Jobs campaign were barred entry to PECO today, but they negotiated with security to deliver a letter to PECO’s incoming CEO Mike Innocenzo. With new leadership, they want the company to bring thousands of jobs by building solar energy in the most vulnerable communities, particularly where unemployment is rampant.

Clergy, mourners arrested at PECO calling for green jobs

PHILADELPHIA -- A solemn, black-clad procession of about 60 interfaith mourners arrived at PECO headquarters today, and seven left in handcuffs. The civil disobedience included prominent Philadelphia clergy members who want to see PECO spur green solar jobs to address poverty and unemployment. PECO denies responsibility for investing in solar.

Mennonites bring Ash Wednesday ritual to PECO

PHILADELPHIA -- On this Ash Wednesday, members of Germantown Mennonite Church decided to celebrate the annual ritual that begins Lent in a more challenging way: they visited electric utility PECO’s headquarters to pray for jobs and clean energy, and to offer Valentine's Day cards to PECO employees. Associate Pastor John Bergen explained, “Lent is a time to deepen a spiritual commitment to justice. Anyone who has missed work or school because of asthma knows that dirty energy like PECO’s fuels injustice. In our country, Black, Brown, and poor communities are far more likely to suffer from bad air and the risks of climate disasters.”

Quakers hold pray-in for PECO climate justice

PHILADELPHIA -- A group of 30 Quakers and others were ushered out of PECO headquarters where they held a pray-in today, calling for the company to get out of the business of climate destruction and to invest instead in local green energy and new jobs. The peaceful worshipers said they were following a Quaker tradition of confronting injustice with the belief that God’s light can open a new path.

PECO customers demand “Big Change” for green jobs

PHILADELPHIA -- At PECO’s headquarters today, customers lined up to pay just one penny toward their bills - symbolizing the company’s “small change” plans toward supporting the growing clean energy sector and cleaning up its carbon pollution. Green jobs campaigners say the utility has failed to take real steps toward sourcing local solar power, which combines energy bill savings and healthier communities with more jobs than dirty energy sources, such as gas or oil.

PA Solar for All Bill should live up to the name

PHILADELPHIA -- Today, PA Rep. Donna Bullock (D-Philadelphia) is announcing her introduction of “PA Solar for All,” a bill that would bring utility-owned solar energy to some low-income customers in the state.

“The Power Local Green Jobs campaign applauds Rep. Bullock and all the community members pushing forward green energy and green jobs. But PECO must also take this opportunity to announce how the company will rapidly get out of the business of climate change by adopting 20% solar energy by 2025 while creating local jobs,” said Eileen Flanagan, board chair of Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT).

Green jobs campaign leaves message for energy trade group

ALLENTOWN, PA- The Power Local Green Jobs campaign infiltrated the conference room for a committee meeting of the Energy Association of Pennsylvania in Allentown today. The green jobs advocates planted flyers calling out the failures of PECO CEO Craig Adams, a board member of the lobbyist group, for neglecting to transition PECO to green, affordable energy.

Electric utilities implicated in climate change denial

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.

100 miles for solar jobs

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. 

For solar jobs, these interfaith walkers will go 100 miles

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.