Liberty Bell turns Green thanks to Philadelphia-based Energy Cooperative
PHILADELPHIA, PA — March 24, 2000 — The Energy Cooperative announced today that it has been awarded a contract to provide its EcoChoice 100% renewable electricity to the Liberty Bell Pavilion, along with an EPA facility in Croydon, Pennsylvania, and six other federal government locations in the Philadelphia area. "We are excited that the Federal Government chose us as its Green energy company for these sites," said Nadia Adawi, the Cooperative's Director of Conservation and Renewable Energy. "The Liberty Bell represents Philadelphia. It's wonderful that we have an opportunity to link this historic symbol with America's clean energy future."
The Energy Cooperative, based in Philadelphia, is member-owned and not-for-profit. The Cooperative provides electricity, home heating oil, energy efficiency services and solar energy systems to its residential, commercial, and government members. Many Cooperative members are consumers who are often overlooked by electrical suppliers—the elderly, people with low-incomes, and people with disabilities. Adawi explained, "It is our dual mission to save energy costs for our members and to promote environmental initiatives which contribute to our members' health and well-being. And, renewable energy results in cleaner air for everyone, not just our members."
This is the first federal government award for renewable power in Pennsylvania. "We hope this award is just the beginning," said Adawi. "The renewable energy market has grown enormously since deregulation opened the way for individuals to choose where their power comes from. We pledge to do our part to make reasonably priced, renewable energy a choice every consumer can make. We hope this award makes more consumers aware that their choice of an electricity supplier can make a difference for the environment."
This contract was awarded as part of a General Services Administration program to supply renewable electricity to selected sites in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Lindsey Lee, the senior GSA advisor on the procurement, explained that the government chose renewable energy at these sites to address issues of air pollution and global warming, and to respond to Executive Order 13123, "Greening the Government through Efficient Energy Management," which directs federal agencies to purchase environmentally responsible products whenever possible.
ECAP contact: Nadia Adawi (215) 972-1537