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Philadelphia Communities Promote Local Wind Energy Options

In a bid to raise awareness to the connection between air pollution and respiratory health, ChoosePAWind and the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic partnered to launch a campaign promoting local wind energy options, using a group of local organizations as the initial participants.

The goal of the campaign is to bring faith-based institutions, environmental groups, civic organizations, nonprofits and businesses together to encourage people to switch to Pennsylvania wind energy through one of the retail electricity suppliers in the campaign—The Energy Coop, Community Energy and WGES. ChoosePAWind is donating $20 for every wind power enrollment.

“The air we breathe has a direct impact on our lung health so it’s imperative that we do as much as we can to reduce air pollution by switching to clean sources of energy such as wind,” says Deb Brown, President and EO, American Lung Association Mid-Atlantic. “Switching to wind power is one of the simplest steps somebody can take to help clean our air.”

The pilot program is currently targeting Southeastern Pennsylvania, and is scheduled to run through the end of January 2015. Sign up at ChoosePAWind.


Fully Charged: Improved technology and enthusiastic owners bode well for the electric car’s future

Story by Samantha Wittchen, Illustrations by Miguel CoThough it runs perfectly, Ric Temple’s Nissan Leaf can make him late. His electric-powered car rouses so much curiosity that Temple is regularly interrogated by passersby outside his South Philadelphia home. People take pictures of his car, as well as the charging station to which it’s attached. But Temple doesn’t mind—unless he’s in a hurry. He’s even taken the time to post an explanatory sign on the charging station to answer the frequently asked questions so, when he isn’t around, those who have their interest piqued can learn more. 

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Department of Energy awards $1 million to New Jersey company to improve their ocean-harnessing technology

If you’ve ever felt the earth shake from a  crashing wave or come up a bit green after being tossed around on a boat, you have an idea of how powerful ocean waves and currents can be.  

The founders of Pennington, N.J.-based Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) have developed technology to harness and convert wave energy into a clean, renewable power source.

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Save Big with Grid Issue #55, Out Now!


Grid #55 is out, with a cover feature that can save you thousands of dollars in incentives, rebates and low interest financing through energy-saving programs like PGW's EnergySense and PECO's Smart Ideas. Room by room, we'll show you how to make your home more comfortable, more efficient and more economical — and how to get paid to do it. There are also handy tips on ways you can make your home more energy efficient without costing a dime. Click on our handy Energy Savings Resource Guide, above, and see for yourself how much money is available. You can’t afford not to!

This issue also has a visit to one of our local turkey farms, and a handy guide to the local farms offering sustainably raised turkeys, and the retailers in and around the city where you can buy them for Thanksgiving.

There are plenty of other stories about great food, great people and great things happening in your community. And since it's October, there's even a slightly spooky cemetery walk. Grid #55 is on its way to pickup locations across the region, but you can start reading right here!


Get It While It's Hot: PGW has millions to help thousands save hundreds

story by Brian Rademaeker

It might come as a surprise, but the folks at Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) don’t like it any more than you do when you get a whopper of a gas bill. Skeptical? Check out the raft of rebates and incentives PGW is offering to help cut back on wasteful (read: expensive) natural gas use, an especially pricey problem in old Philly houses with clunky, inefficient gas boilers and furnaces. 

“It’s about helping customers become more efficient,” says Elliott Gold, manager of PGW’s Energy Efficiency Programs. “We want to help our customers afford their bill. We’d rather they pay 100 percent of a smaller bill than zero percent of a larger bill.”

Since 2011, PGW has invested $18 million in making Philly homes more efficient for residents who pay for natural gas at market rates, a process that has not only saved homeowners money, but also cut back on greenhouse gas emissions. When you include what’s been invested in low-income homes, where customers pay for gas at subsidized rates, the number is even higher. The funds come from a $60 million grant from the Public Utility Commission, which regulates companies like PGW. While the fund could dry up in 2015, PGW still has about $12 million to invest in market-rate customers’ homes and industrial and commercial buildings, and they’re trying to connect with consumers to prove the program is a worthwhile investment.

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