Now Available: Video of Main Line IPL Chapter’s January 3rd Program!

Electrify Your Life

On Monday, January 3rd at 7:30pm the Main Line Chapter of PA IPL welcomed Liz Robinson of the Philadelphia Solar Energy Association (PSEA) to lead a program titled “Electrify Your Life.” In this program we explored how to make your electricity clean, how to use less energy, then move to electrifying heating, water heating, cooking, other appliances, lawn care, and transportation. Ms. Robinson also explains that, with the passage of the Infrastructure Bill and possibly the Build Back Better Bill, many new incentives will be in place to help people get fossil fuels out of their lives.

Liz Robinson is the Executive Director of the PSEA, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding solar energy across the state. PSEA conducts STEM education projects designed to increase students’ understanding and engagement in solar energy and related technologies. Prior to coming to PSEA, Liz founded and directed the Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA) for more than 30 years. ECA provides energy efficiency, education, workforce development, home repair, and bill payment assistance services to thousands of residential households every year in PA and Delaware. Liz co-founded and directed the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA) the energy efficiency trade association for Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She also managed the Energy Cooperative Association of Philadelphia (ECAP), expanding it to a regional organization and taking it into the renewable energy market.

Main Line IPL Monthly Chapter Meeting – January 3, 2022

Electrify and De-Carbonize Your Life
with Liz Robinson

For our January 3rd program we will explore how to make your electricity clean, how to use less energy, then move to electrifying heating, water heating, cooking, other appliances, lawn care, and transportation. Ms. Robinson will also explain that, with the passage of the Infrastructure Bill and possibly the Build Back Better Bill, many new incentives will be in place to help people get fossil fuels out of their lives.

Register here

Liz Robinson is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Solar Energy Association (PSEA), a nonprofit dedicated to expanding solar energy across the state. PSEA conducts STEM education projects designed to increase students’ understanding and engagement in solar energy and related technologies. Prior to coming to PSEA, Liz founded and directed the Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA) for more than 30 years. ECA provides energy efficiency, education, workforce development, home repair, and bill payment assistance services to thousands of residential households every year in PA and Delaware. Liz co-founded and directed the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA) the energy efficiency trade association for Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She also managed the Energy Cooperative Association of Philadelphia (ECAP), expanding it to a regional organization and taking it into the renewable energy market.

The Main Line chapter of PA IPL will be meeting at 7:00pm via Zoom. This program follows their meeting and is open to anyone. For those joining the January 3 program with Liz Robinson about clean energy, please enter the room at 7:30pm.

Members use the same link to access the Main Line IPL Chapter meeting at 7:00pm as well as for Liz Robinson’s program at 7:30pm.

Register here

We looking forward to seeing you there!

Solar Power Possibilities with PA IPL & JEA

Join us Wednesday, December 15 at 7:00pm for a meeting as part of PA IPL‘s ongoing partnership with Jewish Earth Alliance (JEA).

TOPIC:
Solar Power Possibilities: in the darkest time of the year, it is good to think about the sun and solar power

SPEAKERS:
Elena Weissmann, Regional Director at Mid-Atlantic Vote Solar
Spiritual offering by our own Kathy Hrabovsky

Register here for this event.

Philadelphia PA IPL Local Chapter Meeting – September 2021

On Tuesday, September 14th the Philly Chapter of PA IPL will resume meetings each month on second Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM EST via Zoom. This month’s meeting will be a great, high energy inauguration of the Philly Chapter for the 2021-22 year and we want to invite the entire state to register and attend:

Cleaning Up Pennsylvania’s Electric Generation – Pushing RGGI Across the Finish Line!

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI – pronounced “Reggy”) is Governor Wolf’s effort to begin cleaning up the Commonwealth’s electricity generation. RGGI is a “cap and trade” mechanism for putting a price on CO2 emissions from power plants. States in New England and the Mid-Atlantic regions that have been part of RGGI for years have reduced their CO2 emissions significantly and have generated major revenue that has been invested in clean energy and other programs to address climate justice. In Pennsylvania RGGI has cleared several major hurdles toward implementation but still faces significant opposition.

For our September PA IPL Philadelphia Chapter meeting we have several participants who have been following RGGI since its introduction in Pennsylvania and are very familiar with its provisions and what remains to be done to ensure RGGI’s success:

Bill CozzensPA IPL Board member and climate activist with several organizations will be introducing the panelists, providing some background information on RGGI, and moderating the audience discussion and Q&A period.

Nora Elmarzouky is a climate justice organizer working for POWER Interfaith. Nora is the staff person supporting POWER’s RGGI Advocacy team and its Public Utility Commission Working Group.

Liz Robinson, former Executive Director of the Energy Coordinating Agency Philadelphia, is currently serving as Executive Director of the Philadelphia Solar Energy Association. Liz is an active member of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s Eco-Justice Collaborative: Quakers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware promoting clean energy and economic, racial, and social justice. Liz has been actively supporting RGGI since its introduction.

RGGI is a complex regulation with lots of components. During our meeting Liz and Nora will begin to unpack some of the complexity and will help us understand the benefits and current status of RGGI in Pennsylvania and what we can do to help push RGGI across the finish line.

  • How RGGI works and what impact it is likely to have on electric generation and costs
  • Benefits: reduction of CO2
  • Benefits: Funds available for clean energy and investments in environmental justice communities. How should funds be allocated?
  • Current status of approval
  • Opposition to RGGI
  • Steps we can take to move RGGI forward

There will be ample time for audience discussion and Q&A. We will also share templates for emails and letters to our representatives in Harrisburg and for letters to the editor supporting RGGI.

Register here to receive a link to join the meeting.

We look forward to welcoming you on Tuesday, September 14th at 7:00pm via Zoom.