CITIZEN POWER has been deeply involved in the restructuring, or deregulation of
the electricity generation industry. CITIZEN POWER does
not support deregulation of vital service. However, we are working
to make deregulation as consumer and environmentally friendly as
possible. We hope
customers will learn to use energy more efficiently, and help build the
Even if there are alternative suppliers in the marketplace, there is no guarantee that customers will
make environmentally friendly choices. Therefore, our challenge is twofold: one, to
educate consumers so that they understand why it is important to choose cleaner
energy sources and use energy more efficiently; and two, to advocate for policies that
increase the use of renewable energy and energy-efficiency technologies.
CITIZEN POWER believes that making
renewable energy and energy-efficiency a significant part of the energy mix in this
region, and in the country, will require a certain level of public understanding of
how our energy choices impact our daily lives. It is our expectation that this
understanding will encourage customers to use less energy and demand cleaner
Public education on a subject as complex and unfamiliar as energy will necessarily
be a slow and incremental process. But the opportunity is ripe because, for the
first time, as consumers are making decisions about their energy supply, "green"
technologies are becoming more readily available, and at reasonably competitive
CITIZEN POWER is uniquely positioned to provide education and advocacy
One, because we don't sell anything, Second, because CITIZEN POWER has
established the credibility necessary for
consumers to trust the information it provides. However, CITIZEN POWER
recognizes that it does not have the resources to educate the masses
on energy issues. We do believe, however, based on our experience of
the last few
years, that we can impact enough customer decisions to lay the
foundation for the
new green energy market. That is why we devote a considerable amount of
educating reporters and editors about the complex issues associated
production and usage. In addition, we are available to answer questions
public information sessions about energy issues.
Call us today and arrange to have one of our Energy Education Specialists speak to
your organization. Call: 412-421-7029.
Teacher Training Project
CITIZEN POWER also offers teacher training on energy. Our advocacy experience
has taught us that there is a need to ensure that future decision
makers understand how our energy use affects our health and
environment. We want future leaders to recognize the critical
importance of increasing the use of renewable energy and
energy-efficiency technologies. Accordingly, we conduct workshops for
6th-12th grade teachers in western Pennsylvania responsible for teaching
energy related curriculum. The workshops are free and are designed to
give teachers hands-on experience with these technologies.
For more information about the teacher training workshops, click here.
Historically, the retail electric market has functioned as a regulated
utilities are taking measures to continue their monopoly status in a deregulated paradigm.
acquisitions, and a variety of affiliate and subsidiary creations are
taking place at a
record pace in the industry. Unfortunately, there is a lack of
enforcement of anti-competitive protections at the state and federal
level that is unlikely to change
any time soon. Therefore, it is a formidable task to force open the
door to green energy suppliers and technologies in the restructured industry.
CITIZEN POWER is the only community-based organization in the region fighting at
the regional, state and federal level to slow the increased concentration in the electricity industry.
For those interested in reading CITIZEN POWER filings at various
regulatory proceedings, click
Our advocacy work has had some notable achievements, including:
creating the $12 million West Penn Power Sustainable Energy
Fund that provides low interest loans for investments in renewable
energy and energy-efficiency technology projects and businesses.
creating a $4 million fund designed to promote the increased
use of renewable energy and energy-efficiency technologies in
creating a Renewable Energy Pilot Program fund ($671 thousand)
that will provide state of the art solar roof panels to West Penn Power
low-income customers at no cost.
securing an additional $20 million to extend and expand utility
companies' conservation programs, providing usage reduction services to
15,000 low-income customers.
securing $3.5 million in additional funding to provide bill payment assistance to low-income customers.
establishing a $6 million Duquesne Light Company Sustainable
Development Fund for renewable energy products that meet Tier 1
requirements of the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act and/or
to fund energy-efficiency and energy educaton projects.
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