How Energy Efficiency is "Lighting Up" the Streets of Philadelphia
Ed. Note: Cross-posted from the Department of Energy Blog. Today President Obama is travelling to the Philadelphia area to hold a town hall event with employees at Gamesa Technology Corporation, Inc. about building a 21st century clean energy economy to win the future. Watch the event live at WhiteHouse.gov/live starting at 2:10 p.m. EDT.
President Obama has made building a secure, prosperous energy future a top priority. Last week, he outlined a plan
And today, the President is holding a town hall meeting just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the Gamesa Technology Corporation, a manufacturer of large-scale wind turbines, to further discuss our energy future. President Obama has proposed an ambitious, but achievable, goal of generating 80 percent of our electricity from clean energy sources by 2035. This includes sources like wind, produced in part by Gamesa turbines, as well as other renewables, natural gas, clean coal and nuclear power.
As the President outlined last week, securing our energy future will require our nation to increase our renewable energy portfolio, decrease our dependence on oil and implement energy efficiency measures in home and buildings all over the country. Over the next two weeks, we’ll be spotlighting five communities across the country that are helping make our country more secure – five communities that are “winning the future” today.
And naturally, first up today is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Watch the video on energy efficiency in Philadelphia here.
The City of Brotherly Love certainly hasn’t been shy about scaling up their energy efficiency efforts, namely through the Greenworks Philadelphia
But Philadelphia’s commitment to energy efficiency isn’t just about saving money. For some it’s hitting a little closer to home. “I was looking for a really good job, and I got one,” says DeLain Best, a Street Department Technician employed by the City of Philadeplphia. “I don’t have a problem with it at all. Every day is excellent for me.”
Other goals of the larger Greenworks Philadelphia project include by 2015 generating 20 percent of citywide electricity from renewable sources, diverting 70 percent of solid waste from landfills, and reducing vehicle miles traveled by 10 percent from 2005 levels.
Andy Oare is a New Media Strategist with the Office of Public Affairs.