About Co-op Power
Co-op Power is a regional network of local communities creating a multi-class, multi-racial movement for a sustainable and just energy future. We are a consumer-owned energy cooperative serving New England and New York. Co-op Power's Local Organizing Councils include Co-op Power Metro East (greater Boston), Co-op Power Franklin County, Co-op Power Hampshire County, Co-op Power Hampden County, and Co-op Power of Southern VT.
Co-op Power Vision and Mission
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Co-op Power Statistics
We have over 390 members and 7,000 supporters in New England and New York who are committed to a sustainable energy future. We have engaged in dialogue over the past five years to build consensus about how to best support our transition to a sustainable energy future. As a result, we have raised more than $300,000 in Member Equity to support the development of community-scale clean energy projects and to build Co-op Power.
We have installed over 50 solar hot water systems and another 25 renewable energy systems generating more than 100 kilowatts of electricity.
Co-op Power's Innovative Structure
Co-op Power has created an Innovative Structure after researching a wide variety of corporate structures. Co-op Power's innovative structure enables communities to partner with investors to create community-owned green jobs and green energy. We have built a team of engineers, financial experts, green building specialists, community economic developers, lawyers and business planners who can help groups of people in a community 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 participate in all our member programs.
Co-op Power is working with groups of people across the region to create community-owned green jobs and green energy - including community scale solar, wind, biofuel, and biomass projects as well as a variety of small "green job" business development projects.
Co-op Power Creates Community-Owned Energy Resources
Co-op Power's members in southern New England and New York are building a sustainable biodiesel plant, called Northeast Biodiesel, as one of Co-op Power's first community-scale, community-owned sustainable energy resource. The plant will make 3.5 million gallons a year of sustainable biodiesel from recycled vegetable oil (a waste product). We've raised $2 million in Co-op Power member equity, investments, grants and loans to build the plant. We purchased 26.5 acres in the Greenfield Industrial Park for the plant.
Co-op Power partnered with Nuestras Raices in Holyoke to build Energia, an energy services company designed to provide energy efficiency services for multi-family and commercial buildings. We raised $520,000 in government grants and launched the business in November of 2009.Members and supporters of Co-op Power are supporting a large number of additional efforts in the region to build community owned green jobs and green energy resources. Joining Co-op Power and making a member loan provide valuable resources to support these important initiatives.
Co-op Power Governance
- Co-op Power By-Laws
- Articles of Incorporation
- Board Policies
- Board Policies - End Goals
- Board Policies - Staff Limitations
- Co-op Power Board of Directors
Co-op Power runs on volunteer energy. Our joint purchasing opportunities are offered with great discounts for members because of the great work volunteers do. Click here to let us know what you can do to help!
The Co-op Power Energy Resource Center is where we collect information to share with each other about how to stop losing energy dollars, how to use more renewable energy, and how we can build more renewable energy resources in our region. It uses special software (called a "wiki") so that we can edit the information together. Please put up your questions and share information you have with others.
Thanks for visiting our website and please consider joining (if you haven't already) to help us build a sustainable energy future for our region!!!
Co-op Power logo download page
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