Green energy

Why should you buy green energy?

Renewable energy helps diversify our electric supply, hedges against volatile fossil fuel markets, creates new jobs and reduces harmful emissions that pollute our air and lead to health problems. The more renewable energy we add to our electric grid, the less we have to get from coal plants.

Why is it bad to make electricity from coal?

Our reliance on over 11,000 megawatts of older, polluting coal plants in Pennsylvania is having serious effects on our health and environment. Coal-powered generation produces more heat-trapping pollution than transportation and industry and contributes to acid rain, smog, soot, and fly ash pollution.

Pollution from coal-fired power plants contributes to the premature deaths of 1,359 Pennsylvanians plus thousands of heart and asthma attacks, emergency room visits and hospital admissions every year.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted from coal power plants is one of the main contributors to climate change. Pennsylvania produces more heat-trapping gases than 101 countries combined and more heat-trapping gases than 47 states.

Where do we stand?

This chart shows the breakdown of Pennsylvania's electricity generation by source.

When you buy green energy you help support existing and new clean energy projects and send a strong message that renewables must be part of our future.

This chart illustrates Pennsylvania's energy usage percentages in 2011 by source.
Source: PJM 2011 State of the Market Report