Co-op Power is a consumer-owned sustainable energy cooperative. We operate within a regional network of Community Energy Cooperatives to create a multi-class, multi-racial movement for a sustainable and just energy future. Co-op Power`s Community Energy Co-ops include Co-op Power Boston Metro East (Greater Boston),Co-op Power Franklin County, Co-op Power of Blackstone Valley (Worcester and Providence), Co-op Power Hampshire County, Co-op Power Hampden County, and Co-op Power of Southern Vermont. Co-op Power is owned by over 500 Members in New England and New York. Membership is open to all and entitles you to discounts on products and services. In addition, member equity supports the development of community-scale clean energy projects designed and implemented by Community Energy Co-ops for their regions.
Co-op Power's Innovative Structure
Co-op Power has created an innovative structure that enables communities to create community-owned clean energy products and services, businesses and jobs.
All Community Scale business developments are created, decided upon, and supported by members in a Community Energy Co-op.
We have built a team of engineers, financial experts, green building specialists, community economic developers, lawyers and business planners who can help Community Energy Co-ops to research, design, capitalize, and launch their community-owned sustainable energy businesses. Communities can access these resources on a consulting basis or they can join Co-op Power and participate in all our member programs.
We have engaged in community outreach, education, and dialogue since 2002 to build consensus about how to best support our transition to a sustainable and just energy future. As a result, we have raised more than $320,000 in Member Equity, $840,000 in member loans, and $850,000 in local investment to support the development of community-scale clean energy projects and to build Co-op Power.
Our members have worked together to support the development of:
- Energia in Holyoke (a multi-family/commercial/residential energy efficiency business)
- Northeast Biodiesel in Greenfield (a 3.5 million gallon/year recycled vegetable oil biodiesel processing plant)
- A Community Solar Project in Brattleboro VT
- Five solar installation businesses
- Two green electrician businesses
- A window restoration/thermal window insert fabrication business in Westfield, MA
- Building out our own energy efficiency and solar products and services.
Co-op Power is a grassroots vehicle to counter political and social trends that compromise the environment and economy. Locally owned group-based businesses can anchor capital and build community in ways few other business structures can.
To address the energy needs of the Northeast, Co-op Power is building renewable energy resources. The first project is a biodiesel production facility called Northeast Biodiesel that uses recycled vegetable oil to make a regionally produced, regionally owned renewable fuel for home heating and transportation. Co-op Power is also supporting the development of community solar and other renewable projects in the region to provide regionally produced, regionally owned renewable electricity.
To anchor capital in the Northeast, Co-op Power is building renewable energy resources that are owned by a large group of people who live in this region. If one person or a small group of people owned these resources, they would be free to cash them in whenever they stood to make a profit.
By retaining majority ownership of these businesses, Co-op Power is more likely to ensure the jobs, capital and renewable energy resources continue to benefit the region.
Co-op Power plans to address the energy needs of this region, root capital in area towns and cities and build environmentally and economically sustainable communities.
To build environmentally and economically sustainable communities, Co-op Power must educate and organize people in the region to use less energy, to use renewable and regionally-produced energy, and to vote with their dollars for democratically-owned, group-based businesses that permanently anchor capital in our region.
Co-op Power launches sustainable energy projects and initiatives, secures membership access for renewable energy products & services, achieves environmental goals, educates the public, and supports local communities in our region. Join us!