The Co-op Blog
Information, Thoughts, News and Trivia
Someone wise once said, "it's good to learn something new everyday," and we really take that to heart here. While we aren't always the experts, we love to share what we know with you. Take some time to read through our blog posts. You'll find everything from sustainability, the cooperative movement, the answer to that Quizzo question from last night and (of course) energy. We welcome your thoughts and discussion as we strive to live more sustainable lives together!
Before the end of this year, all of PECO’s 1.6 million customers will have a smart meter installed as a requirement of Act 129. My home received its smart meter about two months ago and I have to tell you, I’m fascinated by it.
Just as Northern California is known for wine, the Philadelphia area has garnered a reputation as one of the most vibrant craft beer regions in the country. Sitting at the epicenter is the City of Brotherly Love with two full-scale breweries, six brewpubs, dozens of renowned bars, and thousands of thirsty consumers. What impact does the brewing process make on the environment?
The bitter cold and snow of Winter 2014 has caused energy prices to soar and has particularly been unkind to heating oil users. Read more to learn about the value of buying cooperatively.
During the month of January, extremely cold weather created record electricity demand while a medley of generation issues constrained demand. The combination of these events created severe price volatility which had an immediate effect on the electricity industry.
We were asked by SBN to testify in support of a bill being considered by the Philadelphia City Council that would raise the preference for locally certified businesses to 10%. We were excited to play a role in this process having bid on contracts with the City of Philadelphia in the past to provide them with renewable biodiesel fuel.
Over the last two weeks we have seen quite a spike in oil prices. On January 14th, wholesale oil was going for $3.055 per gallon. Today, just 16 days later, the wholesale price has risen to $3.415. On a minimum order of oil (150 gallons), members will pay $54 more today than they would have two weeks ago.
The cold weather gripping the region isn’t just uncomfortable, it’s also having a significant effect on the electricity grid. As temperatures drop, the demand for electricity increases as a result of higher than usual heating requirements.
My wife and I recently returned from a (belated) honeymoon in Costa Rica. We chose it because of the usual reasons – we found reasonable airfare, it was warm, there was plenty of natural beauty, and we’d never been there before.
It’s just common sense. Each year, here in the U.S., we generate a certain amount of carbon pollution. And each year, climate change driven by carbon pollution impacts our lives in all kinds of ways from flooded homes to higher insurance rates, each of which has a very real price tag that we pay either as individuals or as a society.
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