January 2009 - PECO Energy, an electric utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation serving 1.6 million electric customers in southeastern Pennsylvania, announced it will purchase about 4.1 million kWh of wind energy annually for the next three years, or the equivalent of 15% of the total energy use at its Philadelphia headquarters.
The purchase represents a 50% increase over its previous wind energy purchase and is part of a more than $15 million initiative to support Exelon 2020: A Low-Carbon Roadmap. Other environmental projects include the opening of PECO’s first ‘green building’, the installation of a new Crown Lights messaging system at the company’s Center City headquarters, upgrades to obtain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for a number of company buildings, the increased use of hybrid and biodiesel vehicles, and support for community and customer environmental and energy efficiency projects.
PECO has offered a voluntary wind energy option, PECO Wind, to its residential and business customers since 2004 and, to date, more than 36,000 consumers participate.
News Release - PECO Increases Wind Energy Purchase for Philadelphia Headquarters
Additional Information - Exelon 2020: A Low-Carbon Roadmap
Contact: Cathy Engel, 215-841-5555
August 2008 - The Philadelphia Eagles football team was recognized with a Stevie award for Best Corporate Environmental Responsibility Program, for its Go Green environmental program. As part of the program, the Eagles are purchasing about 14 million kWh of wind energy RECs per year from NativeEnergy, or the equivalent of 100% of the team's electricity use for its operations, including those of its football stadium, training facility, and office complex. The Eagles also reimburse employees who purchase wind energy for their home use through the PECO Wind and New Jersey Clean Power programs, also giving them each two compact-fluorescent light bulbs for Earth Day to help offset the extra cost.
Initiated in 2003, the Go Green program also features a 9.9 kilowatt solar array generating about 16,000 kWh per year, at the team's NovaCare Complex training facility in Philadelphia. The Complex features a Web site displaying real-time generation data for the array.
News Release - 'Go Green' Effort Earns Prestigious Award
More Information - Go Green! 2007 Data Sheet
More Information - NativeEnergy July 2008 Monthly Newsletter
October 2007 - Montgomery County (Penn.) commissioners announced that the county will purchase wind energy equivalent to the electricity needs of all of its facilities, making it one of the largest municipal purchases in the country. Under an agreement with PECO and Community Energy, the county will purchase more than 29 million kWh of wind energy certificates through the PECO Wind program, joining more than 7,300 county residents and 115 area organizations and businesses that participate in the program. The purchase follows the creation of a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Task Force, which County Commissioners initiated to find ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency and energy independence in the county.
News Release - Montgomery County Announces 100% Wind Power Purchase
May 2007 - Philadelphia Mayor John Street announced a sustainability plan for the city which includes using renewable energy to meet 100% of the electricity needs of City Hall. The city will purchase 8.5 million kWh of wind energy through the PECO Wind program at a cost of 2.0¢/kWh. The city will also investigate the feasibility of installing solar electric and solar thermal systems at city-owned buildings.
News Release - Mayor John F. Street Announces City's Local Action Plan for Climate Change, Highlighting Philadelphia's Commitment to a Sustainable Environment
News Article - City Gets Greener with Wind Energy Purchase
Additional Information - Philadelphia Going Green
April 2007 - The Philadelphia Eagles football organization announced that it will reimburse its employees living in the Philadelphia region and New Jersey who purchase wind energy. The announcement came at the 2007 NFL Business Summit at which the Eagles were to present its Go Green campaign as part of a program for NFL team representatives to share best practices in the areas of business, marketing, and community relations. The program is being conducted in conjunction with PECO and the company's PECO WIND green power program.
News Release - Philadelphia Eagles to Reimburse Employees for Purchasing Wind Energy
News Release - Eagles Announce Expansion of Go Green Campaign
March 2007 - Philadelphia International Airport has entered into an agreement with PECO Energy to purchase 13 million kWh of wind energy each year for the next five years. The airport will pay an additional $227,514 per year for the wind energy, or 1.75¢/kWh. The wind energy purchase represents 7% of the airport's annual electricity usage and is believed to be the largest renewable energy purchase among airports nationwide. The energy will be purchased through the PECO WIND program and supplied from the Waymart Wind Energy Center in northeast Pennsylvania.
News Release - Philadelphia International Airport Makes Largest Renewable Energy Purchase Among Nation's Airports
News Article - Airport to Pay Bigger Bills for Environment's Sake
October 2005 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) honored a group of organizations committed to advancing the development of green power markets in the United States. The annual Green Power Leadership Awards, recognizing leading national green power purchasers and suppliers, were presented on October 24 at the Tenth National Green Power Marketing Conference in Austin, Texas.
EPA and DOE presented awards for green power purchasing to 29 organizations. The highest honor in purchasing, the Green Power Partner of the Year Award, was presented to HSBC North America, Johnson & Johnson, the U.S. Air Force and WhiteWave Foods Company. Additional Purchaser Award winners included: Alameda County, California; Aspen Skiing Company; the Atlantic Golf division of the Brick Companies; Dagoba Organic Chocolate; FedEx Express Oakland, California Hub Facility; City of Fresno, Calif.; Green Mountain Coffee Roasters; Harvard University; the Hyatt Regency Dallas and the Hyatt Regency Dallas-Fort Worth; Mohawk Fine Papers; Safeway Inc.; St. Francis Winery and Vineyard; Starbucks Coffee; The University of Minnesota, Morris; the City of Vallejo, Calif.; Western Washington University; Whole Foods Market – Rocky Mountain Region; and the World Bank Group.
Seven awards were also presented to organizations demonstrating notable success in marketing and encouraging green power program participation. The highest honor, Green Power Program of the Year, was presented to Austin Energy's GreenChoice Program for the second consecutive year. Other Supplier Award winners included 3 Phases Energy; Enel North America, Inc.; Florida Power & Light; PacifiCorp's Blue Sky Program; PECO WIND and Community Energy; and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.
CRS presented Green Power Market Development Awards to organizations and individuals showing leadership in building and shaping the market for renewable energy. Recipients included 3 Phases Energy, Gainesville Regional Utilities, Sacramento Municipal Utility District and Blair Swezey of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
More Information - 2005 Award Ceremony Booklet (PDF 1.1 MB) Download Acrobat Reader
November 2004 - PECO Energy, a utility serving about 1.5 million electric customers in southeastern Pennsylvania, announced that it has enrolled more than 9,000 households in its PECO WIND program six months after launch, making it one of the fastest growing programs in the country. Under the program, residential and business customers can purchase wind energy in 100-kWh increments each month for an additional charge of $2.54, or a rate premium of 2.54¢/kWh. The surcharge is added to the participating customer's monthly electricity bill. The product is supplied from a 60-MW wind power facility located in Waymart, Pennsylvania and offered in partnership with Community Energy, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based green power marketer.
News Release - More Than 9,000 PECO Customers Choose Wind Energy
PECO Contact: Cathy Engel (215) 841-5555
Community Energy Contact: Brent Beerley (215) 778-3898
May 2004 - PECO Energy, an electric utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation serving 1.5 million electric customers in southeastern Pennsylvania, announced a wind energy offering for its residential and business customers. Customers can purchase PECO WIND energy in 100-kWh blocks each month for an additional charge of $2.54 per block (2.54¢/kWh), or receive 100% of their electricity from wind energy. The extra charge for the wind energy is added directly to the utility bills of participating customers. The wind energy is supplied by Community Energy, Inc. from several Pennsylvania-based wind projects, including Mill Run (15 MW), Somerset (9 MW), and Waymart (60 MW). The company reported that more than 500 residential customers signed up for the program within the first few days of the offering.
News Release - Wind Energy Choice Brought To Pennsylvania Customers By Peco And Community Energy
PECO Media Contact: Cathy Engel (215) 841-4492 or (215) 841-5555
May 2001 - Exelon Power Team, the power marketing division of Exelon Generation Co. and an affiliate of PECO Energy, announced a 20-year agreement to purchase the output of a new 50-megawatt wind project to be located southeast of Scranton, Pennsylvania. Along with Community Energy Inc., a renewable energy marketing company based in Wayne, PA, Exelon plans to market the output of the wind project to retail customers in the state. Once completed, the Moosic Mountain project will be the largest single wind energy facility in the eastern United States. Along with agreements signed earlier this year, the new agreement brings Exelon Power Team's wind marketing portfolio to 74 megawatts.
News Release - Power Team Becomes Largest Wind Marketer in The East - No longer online at pwrteam.com
News Article - New plant to turn wind into power - No longer online at philly.com
Exelon Generation Contact: Ben Armstrong (610) 765-6914
April 2001 - PECO Energy Company announced that it will partner with wind energy marketer Community Energy Inc. to offer newly developed wind power to its 1.5 million residential and business customers in the Philadelphia area. Subject to rate approval by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, PECO plans to offer kilowatt-hour blocks of wind power to customers for about 2.5¢/kWh above standard offer rates. The wind energy will be supplied in part from two Pennsylvania wind farms scheduled to be operational later this year—the 15-MW Mill Run project, which is under construction in Fayette County, and the 9-MW Somerset Wind Farm to be built along the Pennsylvania Turnpike, west of Harrisburg.
News Release - PECO Energy to Offer 'New Wind Energy' as Premium Power Supply Option For Local Consumers - No longer online at exeloncorp.com
News Article - Tilting at windmills? Power group says no: A wind farm backed by PECO and a "green" marketing firm may generate energy for about 3,000 customers - No longer online at philly.com
PECO Energy Contact: Michael Wood (215) 841-5555
Community Energy Contact: Laurie Saligman (610) 254-9783