Renewable Energy

The Council supports the increased development and distribution of clean, renewable sources of energy. Renewable energy resources come either directly or indirectly from the sun or by tapping heat from the earth’s core. The Council believes that renewable energy resources--such as wind, solar, hydropower and geothermal energy--are important tools to address the nation's mounting energy crisis and improve air quality by burning less fossil fuels to create energy.

Renewable and sustainable energy technologies are readily available throughout the United States; with the proper investments, renewable energy could play a larger role in meeting America's energy needs.

The Council's work on renewable energy includes advocating for off-shore wind in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The Council coordinated a Solar Schools program to educate children in the Mid-Atlantic region about this growing, clean energy technology. The Council is also actively engaged in the Pennsylvania Wind Working Group.

Clean Air Council and the Sustainable Business Network are teaming up to encourage the rapid deployment of solar energy in Philadelphia. Displacing fossil fuel-produced energy with renewable energy promotes cleaner air, helps curb climate change, and reduces premature death, lost workdays, and healthcare costs.
Our first initiative was a local campaign called Solarize Northwest Philly.

Pennsylvania’s Public Utility Commission received 2,580 complaints about high electric bills in January and February of 2014. Pennsylvania lawmakers are currently working on ways to reduce variability in electric bills.

Joseph Otis Minott, Esq.:  “The Verdict is Clear:  Clean Energy Advocates Are the Majority, Not the ‘Fringe’; Survey Finds Across-the-Board Political Support for Shifting From Dirty Energy.
Philadelphia, PA, April 26, 2012///Republicans, Independents and Democrats agree that the United States should move away from its reliance on dirty energy sources that foul the air and water and toward a future that makes greater use of clean energy sources, according to a major new ORC International survey conducted for the nonpr

 Clean, efficient energy sources are critical to a sustainable future. The Clean Energy Challenge website teaches the significance and effectiveness of choosing energy efficiency and renewable energy sources so that the nation does not have to continue to expend its limited fossil fuel resources (coal, oil, and natural gas). Consequences of a non-renewable energy-based economy include: a reliance on unstable foreign oil, air emissions harmful to public health and the environment, radioactive waste, and reliance on a capital-intensive centralized energy system.