April 1999 - Nine Bay Area Episcopal churches have now chosen to purchase green power for their electricity needs. The purchase commitments follow the California Episcopal Diocesan Convention's adoption of a resolution instructing the state's 87 churches to buy renewable power as a way to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The Diocese negotiated an arrangement with Green Mountain Energy Resources (GMER) whereby each church that signs up with GMER receives a $250 donation and another $20 for each parishioner that switches to the company's product. GMER will build a new wind turbine for every 3,800 parishioners that sign up for its Wind for the Future product.
News Release - Seventh Bay Area Episcopal Church Votes to Go Green
News Release - Renewable Energy Marketing Board Announces Two More Bay Area Churches Vote to Buy Green Power
August 1998 - St. Aidain's Episcopal Church in San Francisco became the first California church to publicly commit to green power purchases. Noting that "buying green electricity is an appropriate response by people of faith in light of our present environmental woes," Bavi Rivera, rector for St. Aidain's, acknowledged that "such power purchases move us closer to a safer, better world." It is expected that several other parishes in the Bay Area will soon follow St. Aidain's lead.
News Release - A Higher Calling; First S.F. Church Plugs Into Clean Power
Editorial - Have faith - buy green power
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