The goal of the 100% Project is that 100% of our Yearly Meeting’s buildings will be using 100% renewable electricity by our 2016 Annual Session. We know this is already happening in a number of monthly meetings, and in a good many households as well. We appeal to the rest of our monthly meetings, and all our other households, to do likewise.
Has your Meeting switched? Check this poster to find out!
We are seeking Friends to help coordinate our effort in each Quarter. Contact Paula Kline firstname.lastname@example.org if you are willing to help!
If we want to combat climate change, we need to profoundly change the way we use and generate energy, minimizing our greenhouse gas emissions. Of the total energy consumed in America, about 40% is used to generate electricity. Unfortunately, most of the electricity in the United States is still generated from fossil fuels such as coal. By choosing clean energy such as wind or solar power for our houses of worship and our homes, we indicate which direction our energy policy should be taking and drive demand for more renewable energy.
- Download a flyer for your Meeting here
- Information for Friends in PA
- Information for Friends in NJ
- PDF for a lawn sign/announcement to post at your Meeting once you switch
- Report to Annual Sessions 2016
The difference we can make together
Signing your Meeting House or household up for 100% renewable is the equivalent of taking your car off the road for nine months — that’s how much CO2 you will save!
As Friends, we hope to:
- Clean the air we breathe and save thousands of lives
- Power our local grid with domestically produced wind and solar, use fewer fossil fuels.
- Create local jobs and new revenue for local schools.
- Save millions of gallons of water wasted by oil and gas extraction.
- Support the local renewable energy industry
- Battle global climate change, every day.
- Lead our states to a goal of 35% renewable energy use by 2020.
What made this option possible?
In 1996, Pennsylvania’s electric industry began to be restructured so customers can choose their electric supply company. Since then, there have been two distinct charges on all electric bills: one for “Delivery” and one for “Supply.”
“Delivery” is your utility’s charge for taking the amount of electricity you’ve used from the regional electric grid – the interconnected network of high voltage transmission lines – and distributing it to your meter. Your utility’s bill for delivery includes a service charge for maintaining its wires and transformers, paying for its use of the grid, reading your meter, sending you a bill, and all the administrative costs involved. These charges are regulated by the PA Public Utility Commission.
“Supply” is what an “electric supply company” charges for generating the amount of electricity you’ve used and putting it into the grid. You can choose among a number of electric supply companies, either based on how much they charge, which is not regulated, or how their electricity is generated, which they are required to publicize. This is why you can buy 100% renewable electricity.
Every PA utility (now called a “distribution company”) has a subsidiary supply company. It is the “default” supplier for customers that don’t switch to a different supplier. For all their customers, including those that switch, the utility’s bill include a charge for “supply,” which is then passed on to the supply company.