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Renewable Electrical Energy Supply

This indicator calculates the portion of the community’s electricity generated from renewable energy sources. Data is supplied by communities based on the generating capacity of the electricity provider. Allowed renewable energy sources... Read More

This indicator calculates the portion of the community’s electricity generated from renewable energy sources. Data is supplied by communities based on the generating capacity of the electricity provider. Allowed renewable energy sources include biomass, solar thermal, photovoltaic, wind, geothermal, fuel cells using renewable fuels, small hydroelectric generation (<30 MW), third-party certified low-impact hydroelectric generation, digester gas, municipal solid waste conversion, landfill gas, ocean waves, ocean thermal, and tidal currents.

Abington, Pennsylvania

Abington Township encourages consumers and businesses to "Go Green." Finding real time and accurate information about renewable energy suppliers is challenging for our region. While PAPowerSwitch.org displays all choices, the information is not timely or easy to navigate. Finding the best deals amid the variety of options for renewable energy... Read More

Abington Township encourages consumers and businesses to "Go Green." Finding real time and accurate information about renewable energy suppliers is challenging for our region. While PAPowerSwitch.org displays all choices, the information is not timely or easy to navigate. Finding the best deals amid the variety of options for renewable energy choices and these options as an aggregate is not presented. There is a need to succinctly demonstrate how to "go green and save" so that consumers may make informed decisions to do their part to help the environment.

To meet this need, an associate member of the Township's Environmental Advisory Council created the MakeBenProud.com website. Named in honor of Benjamin Franklin, our Commonwealth's inventor, statesman, and electricity investigator, this site presents the rate to compare solely for renewable sourced electricity and proffers options to view and compare choices. This includes the current and previous monthly Kwh rate, terms (such as fixed, variable, length of contract, or cancellation fees), and the source including details of percentage(s) of PA or regional renewable wind and solar and whether the source is Green-e certified. Viewers may customize their selections for any and all of these options. The real time rate for our region's default supplier is posted so consumers may easily see that there are several suppliers within our region who offer 100% renewable source electricity at lower cost. The website explains how RECs and Green-e work and the importance of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. As Ben Franklin said it best "Energy and persistence conquer all things."

Supporting documentation: indicator8_indicator-8-renewable-electrical-energy-supply_2015_abington.pdf (129.86 KB)