Ready for 100 pushes for switch to green en­ergy

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - NEWS - By Linda Stein [email protected]­tu­ry­media.com @lstein­re­porter on Twit­ter

RADNOR >> Mem­bers of a group in­volved in the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 move­ment, sport­ing blue T-shirts and car­ry­ing signs, came to the Radnor Board of Com­mis­sion­ers meet­ing on Jan. 28 to ask them to get on board with their plan.

The group asked the BOC to pass a res­o­lu­tion en­cour­ag­ing the use of 100 per­cent re­new­able en­ergy.

Radnor High School sopho­more Alli Beale showed a video that RHS stu­dents made of stu­dents and teach­ers say­ing they were ready for 100.

Jim Wylie, of West Ch­ester, the Ready for 100 leader for South­east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia, told the board that more than 100 towns na­tion­wide have made the com­mit­ment to use re­new­able en­ergy and that 71 per­cent of Penn­syl­va­ni­ans agree with that goal.

In Delaware County, Haver­town has adopted the Ready for 100 res­o­lu­tion. Sev­eral other area towns, in­clud­ing Phoenixville, West Ch­ester and Spring­field in Mont­gomery County, have also taken the plunge.

Wylie said the na­tional cam­paign calls for “a vi­sion for thriv­ing com­mu­ni­ties pow­ered by af­ford­able re­new­able en­ergy” through “an eq­ui­table, demo­cratic” process.

Of­fi­cials such as may­ors make a sym­bolic state­ment, pass a clean en­ergy res­o­lu­tion, de­velop a plan, up­date their com­pre­hen­sive plan and en­gage with stake­hold­ers, he said.

“What are we talk­ing about is choos­ing dif­fer­ent [elec­tric] providers,” he said.

In­stalling so­lar pan­els, driv­ing elec­tric cars and heat­ing homes without us­ing fos­sil fu­els are also parts of the plan, he said.

Sara Pilling, a Radnor res­i­dent, is head­ing up the Delaware County Ready for 100 group with Robin Mann. They have held two pub­lic meet­ings and net­worked with ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions and churches.

“This has just be­gun, but the re­sponse is mar­velous be­cause every­body has a big elec­tric bill,” said Pilling.

Both the Radnor Board of Health and the En­vi­ron­men­tal Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil have signed off on the res­o­lu­tion, she said.

And us­ing soft­ware that PECO de­vel­oped, Pilling and a PECO rep­re­sen­ta­tive made a heat map for the town­ship build­ing, the Sulpizio Gym and the pub­lic works build­ing. Sug­gested changes could save the town­ship $35,000 per year. One of the those is turn­ing off lights and com­put­ers at night, she said.

“Ku­dos to Ac­tion Earth Team at Radnor High School who pretty much sought us out,” said Pilling. “It’s their gen­er­a­tion who will be most in­ti­mately im­pacted if we don’t work to­gether to re­duce quickly and ef­fec­tively the level of CO2 emis­sions.

“So much is about ed­u­cat­ing our com­mu­nity mem­bers how they can ben­e­fit from par­tic­i­pate in tran­si­tion­ing to 100 per­cent clean en­ergy. We look for­ward to the com­mis­sion­ers pass­ing this res­o­lu­tion. It’s a goal to in­vite all en­ti­ties in the town­ship to en­join it.”

“It’s some­thing that’s worth­while,” said Com­mis­sioner Luke Clark. “It’s some­thing the town­ship can do about cli­mate change. I look for­ward to sup­port­ing it.”

Com­mis­sioner John Na­gle said the town­ship had pur­chased elec­tric­ity from wind power 20 years ago but stopped when it ran into fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties. “Now we’re back,” he said. They also in­stalled charg­ers for elec­tric ve­hi­cles, but those stopped func­tion­ing, he said.

BOC Vice Pres­i­dent Jack Larkin said the “op­er­a­tive point” in the res­o­lu­tion re­quires an en­vi­ron­men­tal com­mit­tee to shep­herd the pro­gram through, which the town­ship could do.

“But then you guys have to show up and be on the en­vi­ron­men­tal ad­vi­sory coun­cil,” he said. “We have trou­ble get­ting peo­ple to man the com­mit­tees we al­ready have.”

Com­mis­sioner Richard Booker said that he has “some sig­nif­i­cant con­cerns with this.”

“What I also would re­mind peo­ple is a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of peo­ple in Penn­syl­va­nia are in­vested in the fos­sil fuel in­dus­try and rely on the rev­enue for their lives,” he said. “Many peo­ple are heav­ily re­liant on their 401(k)s, their in­vest­ments, their pen­sions, as well as div­i­dends and in­ter­est. And that is a ma­jor part of the econ­omy of Penn­syl­va­nia, and there are a lot of us that’s very im­por­tant to. I also no­ticed we don’t talk about nu­clear en­ergy, which is clean en­ergy, which is not part what I saw there.”

For more in­for­ma­tion and to view the RHS video, visit

sier­r­a­club.org/penn­syl­va­nia/south­east­ern/ready-for100-delaware-county.

“So much is about ed­u­cat­ing our com­mu­nity mem­bers how they can ben­e­fit from par­tic­i­pate in tran­si­tion­ing to 100 per­cent clean en­ergy. We look for­ward to the com­mis­sion­ers pass­ing this res­o­lu­tion. It’s a goal to in­vite all en­ti­ties in the town­ship to en­join it.”

— Sara Pilling, a Radnor res­i­dent

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