Summary: With the imminent threat of global warming and dwindling natural
resources, engineers have sought each other out to develop a roadmap to get
the U.S. to run on 100 percent renewable energy by 2050 and that is why we
are seeking out individuals to help make this ambitious goal a reality.
Purpose: The purpose of this document is to inform you that there is an alternative
method to dramatically improve the quality of life here on Earth. This
document will introduce to you the current problem we face as a collective
group and propose a way for you to help us fix this problem.
SWITCHING OVER TO A RENEWABLE ELECTRIC ENERGY PROVIDER
By: Chad Weiss
Problem: Ever since the start of the Industrial Revolution in the early 1800’s, the world
has become heavily dependent on fossil fuels to generate heat, electricity,
transportation and countless other things. These things include advances in
science, exploration of new territories, war, modern medicine and promises
of a higher quality of living; however, this dependency human civilization has
developed has not gone without consequence.
Although fossil fuels are formed “naturally” from the remains of deceased
organisms over a time period of a hundred million years, do not confuse the
term “natural resources” (aka fossil fuels) with “clean resources”; there is no
correlation between the two. In fact, fossil fuels are human’s primary
contributors to climate change and global warming.
The problem is that fossil fuels have become our primary source of energy
needed to generate electricity. The U.S. Energy Information Administration
stated that, “In 2014, the United States generated about 4 billion kilowatt-
hours (kWh) of electricity. About 67 percent of that electricity was
generated via fossil fuels (i.e. coal, oil and natural gas).”
Aside from generating electricity, the process of burning fossil fuels,
converting chemical energy to thermal energy and thermal to kinetic and
kinetic to electric, this process also produces greenhouse gases as a chemical
byproduct. (See Fig. 1 for a visual of generating electricity from fossil fuels)
Carbon dioxide (CO2), Sulphur Dioxide (SO2) and Methane (CH4), aka
“Greenhouse Gases”, all contribute to global warming and climate change.
These byproducts are exactly what make fossil fuels such a hazard to use.
Greenhouse gases inherently radiate heat energy whenever they are hit by
direct or reflecting sunlight, i.e. less heat is allowed to escape our atmosphere
so long as more greenhouse gases are present. (See Fig. 2 for CO2 emissions)
According to NASA’s Earth Observatory, CO2 levels, in the atmosphere, have
gone up by 38 percent and CH4 levels as high as 148 percent since the start of
the Industrial Revolution. Despite the fact that this isn’t much over 250
years, this sort of progression is very similar to that of the rate of human
Needless to say that this is a very serious threat, many people do not take it
as seriously as they should. We are supposed to be the positive role models
in our children’s life and instead of hiding behind ignorance and
nonchalance; we should be actively making an effort to fix this problem.
Otherwise, we are teaching them that avoidance is the only way. What type
of message would that be?
Opportunity: Making the switch over to a clean, renewable electric energy provider is an
opportunity that is valuable in more ways than just one. Not only will you
benefit from this transition but others around you will have reason to thank
you as well. You’ll not only be saving money but Earthlings too.
As of right now, there are communities of motivated activists springing up all
over the place wanting you to become their newest member. By switching to
a 100 percent renewable, clean electric energy provider you will be making
this switch over from one community to another.
Www.thesolutionsproject.org is one of many online and real world
communities that feel strongly about saving humanity and less about making
Most oil company owners will buy out a landowner’s wind rights, if he or she
is willing to sell all so that they will earn more money, halt progress towards
a fossil fuel free future and monopolize the electric energy distribution
industry for that land and nearby places, forever.
So here’s the proposition, join the community that would rather see the Earth
green and humanity technologically advanced versus the group who cares
only about money and power. Your life will benefit greatly from it.
Happiness: Intuition, reason, introspection, philosophy and religion have tried to answer
this age old question, “why do we live?” but the easiest answer is simply, our
inherent desire to be happy. Our function in life is to become happy and
many people think having money or power will bring them happiness
however, history has shown that certain pleasures associated with money
and power, (i.e. drugs, sex, gambling, etc.) have a tendency to make us
unhappy. So what is it that truly makes us happy?
Psychologists are beginning to discover that long term happiness is strongly
associated with a persistent commitment to pursuing altruistic goals.
Meaning, altruism doesn’t only correlate with happiness, it increases it.
That is why 100 percent renewable, clean energy has the potential to
increase your happiness, by helping you save money and help others in the
You see, due to the fact that, when burned, coal releases vast amounts of SO2
and Nitrogen Oxides (NOx), both of which contribute to the formation of acid
rain and furthermore crop damage, coal is costing you more money than
would any of the cleaner alternatives (i.e. hydro, wind, or solar).
Coal also releases particulates like Cadmium, Mercury and Lead which
ultimately pollute our environment, which is why it costs more. Many coal
powered power plants have to adhere to basic environmental standards to
keep these particulates in the air to a minimum, so that’s why they use
technology, all of which adds to the cost of your electric bill.
Future: As of 2010, the proven amount of oil reserves left worldwide was estimated
to be around 1.34 trillion barrels. On a daily basis, the world consumes about
86 million barrels of oil per day.
Coal, a purely carbon substance found within the Earth was one of the
earliest sources of heat and light for our species. The world’s reserves of coal
have been estimated at around 940 billion tons. Each year, the world
consumes about 8 billion tons of this porous black rock for the purpose of
Natural gases, including shale gas, lie in the Earth’s crust and are harvested
by a technique known as fracking. As of 2010, the world’s natural reserves
amounted to just about 178 trillion cubic meters with a consumption rate of
about 3.27 trillion cubic meters per year.
With these numbers in mind, the world will be depleted of its natural
reserves of oil in 42 years, its natural gases in 54 years and its coal mines in
117 years roughly. So why wait till the company that is providing you with
heat, cooling and electricity runs out of business due to lack of resources?
The only thing that these fossil fuel powered energy providers will leave you
with is a cold home, a polluted Earth and a letter of condolence saying,
“Sorry, we are no longer able to provide you with our services. Good luck.”
Choice: You have two options, stand by and do nothing or take action and make the
world a better place for future generations to come. Start looking into the
history of your current electric utility company and compare them with that
of 100 percent renewable energy providers.
Fossil Fuels have been an integral part to the advancement of our species
since the beginning but now the end seems to be in sight. For the first time in
human history, we are experiencing a time where we will have to wean
ourselves from this method of energy and look towards a cleaner, renewable
Instead of being the person to decide later rather than sooner, make the
decision to be proactive and lead and teach others by setting a good example
because all good leaders lead from the front.
Finally, make the decision to be a person who supports economic equality
and democracy over power hungry tyrants that are giant oil companies. You
have the power of free will and use that to make a stand against the people
that want to take that away from you. Choose clean energy, it will be the
most thoughtful thing you have ever done for your planet.
Due to the demands of your necessary criteria and your geographical location in Camp
Hill, Pennsylvania, you have a total of 17 different electric energy providers to choose
from. If we add in the desirable, only six providers are available.
No Monthly Fee
No Cancellation Fee
No Deposit Required
Options that Fulfill the Necessary Criteria Compared to Current Provider
Price ($ /
Mo. Payment Renewable Energy Discount Term Length
PA Gas & Electric 0.1070 $107.00 No No 12 months
ParkPower 0.1049 $104.90 25% PA No 12 months
PlymouthRockEnergy 0.0999 $99.90 No No 12 months
VerdeEnergy USA,Inc. 0.0999 $99.90 100% No 6 months
JustEnergy 0.0999 $99.90 No No 12 months
Bargain Energy 0.0979 $97.90 100% No 12 months
PlymouthRockEnergy 0.0970 $97.90 No No 24 months
Amerigreen Energy 0.0969 $96.90 100% No 12 months
IGS Energy 0.0969 $96.90 100% No 12 months
IGS Energy 0.0959 $95.90 No No 12 months
Amerigreen Energy 0.0929 $92.90 No No 12 months
Direct Energy 0.0925 $92.50 No No 12 months
ResidentsEnergy LLC 0.0925 $92.50 No No 12 months
IDT Energy,Inc. 0.0925 $92.50 No No 12 months
Think Energy 0.0890 $89.00 No No 24 months
Direct Energy 0.0885 $88.50 No No 18 months
Think Energy 0.0880 $88.00 No No 6 months
Con Edison Solutions 0.0875 $87.50 No Yes 4 months
AmbitEnergy 0.0858 $85.84 No No 3 months
Think Energy 0.0840 $84.00 No No 12 months
NorthAmerican Power 0.0839 $83.90 25% No 12 months
AEP Energy 0.0825 $82.50 No No 24 months
AEP Energy 0.0825 $82.50 No No 12 months
Bargain Energy 0.0824 $82.40 No No 24 months
Bargain Energy 0.0824 $82.40 No No 12 months
NorthAmerican Power 0.0819 $81.90 25% No 5 months
NorthAmerican Power 0.0759 $75.90 25% No 6 months
AEP Energy 0.0689 $68.90 No No 6 months
DiscountEnergy Group 0.0669 $66.90 No No 3 months
Park Power is a relatively viable option when considering switching power companies. It is
a local, socially-responsible energy supply company that provides reliable electric energy
to a variety of customers. The special thing about this provider is that they provide not just
for residential purposes but also for community. This electric energy provider has
supported community and health organizations since the beginning. Organizations like the
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the Radnor High School Theater Department, the
Llanerch Hills Foundation and Breastcancer.org.
This company is licensed by the government to supply electricity in all of Pennsylvania and
parts of New Jersey. Park Power does not generate any of its own electricity. Instead, Park
Power buys all of its energy from energy generation companies in bulk and supplies it.
The great thing about Park Power is that they are a small, family owned company. Their
team consists of four people, Gary De Santo (Founder and President), Gail De Santo (Vice
President of Customer Relations), Joseph Colia (Chief Operating Officer) and Lauren Pucci
The Estimated Monthly Payment is
based on a consumption magnitude
of 1 kWh per month.
(Customer and Associate Care Manager). If you are looking for a company that hits you at
home and supports close relationships and community above all else, this is your company.
Verde Energy USA, Inc.
Verde Energy USA provides electric energy to residents throughout Connecticut, New York,
New Jersey, Massachusetts, Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania. They are an independent
energy supplier whose one purpose is to provide accessible, competitive energy rates to all
of its customers.
With a 75 dollar incentive to switch over to Verde Energy USA, they believe that wiser
energy consumption can positively impact one’s wallet and the planet. They have over
250,000 residential and business customers that they service.
Bargain Energy is an electric energy provider that serves residential and commercial
customers in Pennsylvania with plans to expand to additional states. Their management
team has over 60 years of industry experience from a diverse set of backgrounds and they
are committed to providing competitively priced energy products and superior customer
This company is distinguishing itself by its motivation and commitment towards growth.
They plan on doing so by investing in products, systems and service representatives to add
value to their customers while treating everyone and conducting business with honesty,
integrity and respect.
Amerigreen Energy is a local, family owned business based in Lancaster, PA. They are
working to improve America’s energy sustainability and freedom. Part of their success
comes from the fact that they provide all types of energy whether it is renewable, regular
or natural gas. An incentive to join their company is to partake or take advantage of their
“refer a friend” program where you’ll earn 25 dollars every time you get someone to
become a customer. Another perk is the Energy Rewards Program where you’d be able to
save money on your electric bill by shopping in-store. If you are looking for a versatile
company with a rewards program, this is a company worth investigating.
IGS Energy is an engaged society seeking positive change in the way energy and resources
are managed and consumed. Their mission is to serve customers by bringing transparency,
simplicity and ease to energy pricing, products and services through the competitive
marketplace. They believe that as the future comes into focus, based on the realities of the
present, the energy needs of consumers will change. Therefore they are committed to
finding better ways to meet those needs. This company is guided by their efforts and
driven by the core beliefs that they have developed. As one of America’s largest
independent suppliers of natural gas and electricity; they believe that you should be able to
choose the energy supplier that best meets your needs.
North American Power offers some of the most competitive rates and plans available to
date. With multiple energy choice programs offered across the country, this has just about
everything that you could possibly want. Although the extent of their renewable energy
comes from only about 25 percent of their total provisions, this is a company that is
committed to growing a sustainable environment. Right now their focus is on customer
service and an effortless transitioning process. This company has a lot of potential and a
seemingly bright future ahead of it.
Due to your energy needs and personal profile, I am suggesting that you pursue a
partnership with IGS Energy. IGS (Introducing Great Solutions) is a great company that has
been providing reliable service for over 25 years.
This company’s history is rich and full with incredible information about their upbringing
from a time when power was controlled by the Federal Power Commission. IGS Energy,
originally Interstate Gas Supply, Inc. was founded by Marvin White and his son Scott White
in 1989 to begin as a commercial and industrial wholesale supplier of Ohio-produced
This provider will help you save money on your monthly electric bill while providing
excellent customer service. They have an extended home protection plan for whenever a
covered utility line or system fails. Also, certified, local technicians will be there to make
the repair if something should happen. They will cover up to $26,500.00 in utility lines
including inside and outside lines which means your gas lines, sewer lines, water lines and
electric lines altogether. Not only that, they’ll cover up to $8,000.00 for HVAC systems; a
total coverage of $34,500.00 for your own home.
IGS Energy also provides solar power solutions if you decide to take further interest in the
clean energy movement. Generating your own clean energy from your rooftop would be
the ultimate demonstration that you care about your planet. This plan would allow you to
receive credit from your utility company on any surplus energy generated.
If you should decide to participate, your cooperation will help implement an innovative and
consumer-friendly based program designed to improve the reliability of the electric grid,
reduce greenhouse emissions for the world, and also encourage growth of renewable
Although not as cheap as North American Power, this company can help manage your
budget and energy costs by providing a library filled with energy saving tips and energy
safety guides. This company also provides 100 percent renewable energy, whereas North
American Power only provides a quarter percent.
1. Cadmium – a malleable toxic bluish-white metallic element that is used in absorbing
neutrons in the control of nuclear fission.
2. Chemical Energy – Energy liberated by a chemical reaction or absorbed in the
formation of a chemical compound.
3. CH4 – (aka Methane) a colorless, odorless, flammable gas composed of
hydrocarbons and obtained commercially from natural gas.
4. CO2 – Carbon Dioxide is a colorless, odorless, incombustible gas present in the
atmosphere due to burning fossil fuels.
5. Electric Energy – Energy in the form of electricity.
6. Global Warming – the increase in the earth’s average atmospheric temperature that
causes corresponding changes in climate due to greenhouse gases.
7. Greenhouse Gases – any of the gases whose absorption of solar radiation is
responsible for the greenhouse effect, including carbon dioxide, methane, ozone and
8. Kinetic Energy – the energy associated with moving objects.
9. Lead – a heavy toxic metal that is used to make sulfides.
10. Mercury – a highly toxic metallic element that is a liquid at room temperature; used
in pesticides and electronic apparatus’
11. NOx – Nitrous Oxides are colorless water soluble gases used in most aerosols and
other chemical products.
12. SO2 – Sulfur dioxide is a colorless, nonflammable, water-soluble, suffocating gas that
is formed when sulfur is burned; used in the manufacturing of chemicals like
sulfuric acid and in bleaching and fumigating.
13. Thermal Energy – Energy associated with heat.
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