Divest at the outlet.

power-outlet No matter how contemporary or traditional their services, every congregation plugs in somewhere, sometime.  Whether we’re running the coffee maker, lighting the gathering space, copying the newsletter, printing the lesson, chilling the cole slaw, or projecting the lyrics, we plug in when we need to, and we don’t think much about it. The electricity that makes all those things work comes from somewhere.   In Pennsylvania, we can now choose what electricity we buy.  We put inexpensive safety covers on our outlets to protect our children from the electricity.  Now we can also afford to protect our children and God’s Earth from pollution released in generating the electricity. Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light has teamed up with another non-profit, Groundswell, to join their Community Power Project.  Through this project faith communities, community organizations, schools,  small businesses, and now households can buy 100% clean, FIXED PRICE electricity in their existing budgets.  Groundswell joins bill-payers together to create a large electricity-buying group.  Each member of the group still gets their own electricity on their own bill, but because they joined the same purchasing group, they can get a good deal on electricity and insist that the electricity they buy supports their values — that it doesn’t pollute the air or water we all share with each other and with future generations. Learn more: 

  • 2-sided info sheet to downloadGroundswellCommunityPower ProgramOverviewPA.06.2014.pg1 CAUTION: OLD DATES (we’ll post a new sheet when fall 2015 dates are firm)
  • presentation and Q and A:  Ask for a workshop, webinar, or conference call for your house of worship or a few interested people from your networks.  We’ll make it happen!  
  • bulletin inserts and other supports call or email, and we’ll get the right ones to you!
  • old school: call or email us with questions (contact info in the right-side column —>)

Electricity service areas across PA are now eligible — households (enrollment for spring 2015 closed May 29, new interest groups will begin forming later this summer) as well as congregations (next deadline September/October 2015, but start now to engage committees, clergy and leadership groups in your congregation ). You’ll see PA IPL’s partnership logo on the Groundswell pages.  Any time you interact with Groundswell, please be sure to use the pull-down menus to indicate that you are connected with us, so that we can get counts of PA IPL-connected folks who switch!