The Energy Co-op Celebrates 40 Years
Co-op Instrumental in Educating Pennsylvania Public About Renewable Energy, Climate Change
By: The Energy Co-op
Co-op will host its 40th Anniversary Celebration on November 6, 2019, at WHYY on Independence Mall, where it will welcome Weavers Way as the guest of honor.
"Whether helping families heat their homes during unexpected price spikes, or dealing with concerns about clean air, climate change, or hydraulic fracking, The Energy Co-op's nonprofit cooperative model has allowed us to pursue novel solutions to energy problems and consumer needs," said Ronald Fisher, who joined as Executive Director earlier this year.
The cooperative has addressed energy issues faced by Philadelphians since 1979. It was the first supplier in the Delaware Valley to offer renewable electricity sourced from wind turbines in 1999. Then in 2014, it became, and remains, the only supplier in the region of renewable natural gas sourced mainly from landfills. And it was founded by grocery cooperative Weavers Way in Mount Airy to source reliably affordable heating oil to its members during an oil embargo by Middle Eastern nations.
"Our cooperative structure gives us the flexibility to test new ways to confront energy issues, whether old or new," Fisher continued, "often before for-profit corporations can justify committing capital or resources. And many of our thousands of members expect us to do just that."
In addition to the 40th-anniversary celebration, The Energy Co-op is launching two new initiatives.
This month the nonprofit expanded its renewable natural gas (RNG) program in Philadelphia with a members-only pilot, and it expects to open availability of the program to include all customers in the PGW service territory in the coming months. The cooperative currently supplies RNG in PECO's service territory.
Then, beginning later this fall, The Energy Co-op will partner with the Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA), another Philadelphia-
"We have innovated in the energy supply arena for 40 years," Fisher added. "Now, as part of celebrating those successes, we're looking to help our members, whether residences or businesses, use less energy and reduce waste and costs."
Tickets for The Energy Co-op's 40th Anniversary Celebration are available here (https://www.eventbrite.com/
Founded in 1979, The Energy Co-op, headquartered on Walnut Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a nonprofit cooperative that helps its thousands of members affordably and sustainably buy, use, and understand energy.
For more information or to join, go to www.theenergy.coop.