[NEW WEEKLY FEATURE] Utility Update — Green Energy Buying

Every Thursday, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation & Utilities (MOTU) will post a graphic, map, news, or research about Utilities here in Philadelphia.

In order to keep everyone up to date on what the utilities side of MOTU is up to, we have decided to start a weekly segment featuring a graphic, map, news or research about utilities here in Philadelphia!

For the first Utility Update segment, we took a look at green energy buying here in Philly.  The City of Philadelphia’s Mayor’s Office of Sustainability in 2009 published the Greenworks Plan which is a plan of how to reach Mayor Nutter’s goal of having Philadelphia “become the greenest city in America.”  One of the goals that this plan has outlined is for Philadelphians to buy or generate 20% of our energy from renewable sources by the end of 2015.  As you can see in the graphic below, we are well on our way to achieving this goal —


The above graphic displays the percentage of total energy that is bought or generated from renewable sources.  This energy is broken out into four categories.  One of the categories is that of voluntary renewable energy certificates — this is the category the displays the energy that was voluntarily bought from renewable sources.  Another category is that of on site generation.  This is the percentage of energy used that came from generating the energy on the building’s site from a renewable source.  A third category shown is that of alternative energy portfolio standard mandate.  The state of Pennsylvania has committed to requiring 21% of its energy be bought from a renewable sources by 2021 (more info here), and this category outlines that increasing state mandate.  Finally, the last category is that of the City of Philadelphia.  Because the City has set a goal for all Philadelphians to buy or generate 20% of their energy from renewable sources, the City has taken a lead in buying approximately 20% of its energy from renewable sources.

The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability has just published its 2013 Greenworks Progress Report, check it out here!


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