SEPTA is proposing to build a natural gas power plant in the Nicetown section of Philadelphia (lower Germantown) to generate electricity for SEPTA's Regional Rail system.
As SEPTA riders and workers and residents of the Philadelphia area, we call on the Board of Directors to cancel plans to build this plant. We urge SEPTA to power our public transportation system with clean renewable energy instead.
The proposed natural gas plant would release toxic pollution into the air, harming the health of community residents, SEPTA workers, and students and teachers at nearby schools -- as well as contributing to climate change. It would also be a bad investment, potentially wasting millions of dollars. SEPTA would be locked into buying electricity from the plant until 2038, regardless of how high natural gas prices rise. The price of natural gas is projected to increase over 20 years, while prices for wind and solar energy will decline.