In 2010, Council President Darrell Clarke and Mayor Michael Nutter launched the Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) as an independent municipal authority. City Council established the Philadelphia Energy Authority to provide targeted expertise and focus to Philadelphia’s efforts to reduce energy consumption and expense. Under its founding ordinance, PEA is authorized to facilitate and develop energy efficiency and energy generation projects on behalf of the City of Philadelphia.
PEA will fulfill its role by
- Identifying, supporting and facilitating the most cost effective and environmentally-sound opportunities for the City of Philadelphia to reduce energy use and expense;
- Promoting and assisting the development of alternative sources of energy, benefiting the retention and development of a local workforce which is essential for the economic prosperity of the City; and,
- Educating Philadelphia’s consumers (including residential, commercial and public sector audiences) regarding choices available in the energy marketplace.
In February 2016, PEA launched its first major initiative, the Philadelphia Energy Campaign aiming to leverage $1 billion toward energy efficiency and clean energy in the city over the next 10 years.
View the full text of PEA’s founding ordinance here.