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State Rep. Greg Vitali
Area residents learn how to plug into electric choice
RADNOR, March 4 – About 100 people attended state Rep. Greg Vitali's seminar this week in Radnor Township to learn about choices available to them in selecting their electric supplier and conservation programs.
"We had an excellent turnout, and the audience asked many excellent questions of the panelists," said Vitali, D-Delaware. "Many residents are better informed to learn how electric choice can help the environment and their pocketbook."
Former state Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger said by choosing a supplier that generates 100 percent of its electricity from renewable power, they can help reduce air pollution and create good-paying green jobs.
"About 45 percent of the electricity in America is produced by coal-fired plants," Hanger said. "But about a third of those plants are more than 40 years old, and they have little or no pollution controls."
Pennsylvania Consumer Advocate Sonny Popowsky said PECO customers have many options to choose cheaper and cleaner electric generation resources.
"If customers wish to shop, I encourage them to examine all their options," he said. "My office publishes an 'apples-to-apples' residential electric shopping guide that is free to Pennsylvania consumers who call our office toll free at 800-684-6560 or who visit our website at www.oca.state.pa.us."
PECO representative Liz Finocchio discussed ways consumers can save money.
“PECO customers have a great opportunity to save money by shopping with alternative electric suppliers," Finocchio said "Whether purchasing your electricity from a competitive supplier or from PECO, all customers can participate in the PECO Smart Ideas suite of energy efficiency programs to save money and energy.”
The website, www.pecosmartideas.com, has information about how to get money for recycling an old appliance, lighting discounts, saving money on air conditioning and more.