Episcopal Power and Light Program Signs Up First Churches in San Diego to Use Cleaner Electricity From Green Mountain Energy Company

Two San Diego County churches become first to switch to renewable energy as response to concerns over global warming.

Published: 07-Dec-2000

CHULA VISTA, Calif., Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The Rev. Sally Bingham, founder and co-director of Episcopal Power & Light, visited Chula Vista today to announce that two local congregations have become the first churches in San Diego County to switch to cleaner and renewable electricity. Clergy from St. Johns and St. Marks City Heights Parishes signed up as customers of Green Mountain Energy Company, the leading provider of cleaner and renewable energy.

Rev. Bingham from Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, and the Rev. George Keith of St. John's Episcopal Church in San Diego held a press conference to announce the signing of the two newest Green Mountain Energy(SM) customers, and to visit with other clergy from Episcopal congregations in San Diego County to discuss the Episcopal Power and Light Program. In July of this year, the Episcopal Church's General Convention passed a resolution to encourage churches and their parishioners to use renewable sources of electricity in a theological response to global warming.

"Episcopal Power and Light believes that because the government hasn't found a solution to cutting CO2 emissions, the faith community is called upon to take a leadership role -- by its exemplary behavior, and by putting faith into action," declared Rev. Bingham. "While others wait and debate, the faith community has begun taking steps to help heal the environment."

In thanking Episcopal Power and Light for their support and their leadership role, Karen Norris, spokesperson for Green Mountain Energy Company put it simply: "Making electricity creates more air pollution than any other industry. Green Mountain Energy Company is working to change the way power is made by providing cleaner, renewable sources of electricity. We're honored to be working with Episcopal Power and Light on a common mission, and to be supporting their work with the faith community."

For each church that switches to Green Mountain Energy Company's recently announced "Breathe Easy Payment Plan(SM)," the company will make a donation of $250 to the church. For each parishioner who enrolls in the announced "Breathe Easy Payment Plan(SM)," through their church, Green Mountain Energy Company will donate $35 to that parish.

The "Breathe Easy Payment Plan(SM)" is a new fixed-rate pricing plan for residential and small business customers in the San Diego and Orange County areas. The plan is available to new or existing Green Mountain Energy(SM) customers in the SDG&E and SCE service territories, and costs 8.5 cents per kilowatt-hour. The price is guaranteed through December 31, 2001.

Rev. Bingham has recently returned from Nepal, where the Episcopal Power and Light initiative was honored by ARC (the Alliance for Religions and Conservation) and The World Wildlife Fund as being a "Sacred Gift to the Living Planet." EP&L was one of only six projects from the US to participate in this international event which brought twenty other projects from around the world to Katmandu for an audience with His Royal Highness Prince Philip and the King and Queen of Nepal.

About Episcopal Power and Light

In October 1998, The Episcopal Diocese of California adopted a resolution to become energy efficient and to support renewable sources of electricity. Founded by the Rev. Sally Bingham, the Episcopal Power and Light initiative was formed as a grassroots effort to help forge a deeper understanding of the spiritual dimensions of ecological problems. Episcopal Power and Light works to educate and facilitate Episcopal Churches and parishioners throughout California to buy cleaner, renewable power while learning to conserve energy at home and work. For more information, contact the Reverend Sally Bingham at 415-521-2166, or at regen@igc.org.

About Green Mountain Energy Co.(TM)

Green Mountain Energy Company (www.GreenMountain.com) is the leading brand of environmentally cleaner electricity to residential customers in California and Pennsylvania through its Green Mountain Energy(SM) brand (according to consumer research in September 2000). Green Mountain Energy(SM) products feature cleaner and renewable generation sources that are dramatically cleaner than typical regional system power.

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