Co-op Power Hampshire County is a Local Organizing Council run by Co-op Power members in Hampshire County to organize and advance the goals of justice and sustainability.
Co-op Power Hampshire County is creating a sustainable and just energy future in Hampshire County, Massachusetts. Local Organizing Council Meetings are the 3rd Monday of every month upstairs at the River Valley Market in Northampton from 7 to 8:30. They are open to all.
Contact Tim Holcomb for the latest on what's happening in Hampshire County
Co-op Power members in Hampshire County and Franklin County have worked with other community leaders across New England and New York to build an innovative capitalization structure for community ownership and to establish Co-op Power's core products and services since 2005. They established criteria for identifying the new businesses and new products and services to bring to Co-op Power members and their communities. Leadership for these efforts came from David Biddle (Hatfield), Scott Kuhn (Northampton), Lynn Di Tullio (Whately), Sally Wright (Greenfield), Erik Hoffner (Ashfield), Tim Rice (Greenfield), Tom Leue(Ashfield) and many others.
Building Co-op Power Up as a Decentralized Network of Local Organizing Councils - including Co-op Power Hampshire County
Co-op Power members adopted new by-laws establishing Co-op Power as a decentralized network of Local Organizing Councils. Co-op Power members are now each part of a local organizing council.
Co-op Power Hampshire County determines how new member equity collected is invested in the region. It will support the development of sustainable energy businesses and sustainable energy products and services in the region. It supports ongoing education and outreach efforts. The Common Office for Co-op Power that serves all of the Local Organizing Councils is located in Greenfield, so lots of support is readily available.
Co-op Power Member Benefits
Co-op Power members in Hampshire and Franklin Counties formed the Co-op Power Products and Services Work Group that had developed and monitored products and services to be offered to Co-op Power's members. This group created Co-op Power's Member to Member Solar Hot Water Installation program that saves members 40-50% on an installation. Scott Reed (Sunderland) and Nat Fortune (Whately) have provided valuable leadership for their work.
Co-op Power members have been involved in the Heating Oil Buying Group with some serving on the Advisory Group for those purchases; others have been involved in the Wood Pellet Buying Group with some serving on the Advisory Group for those purchases; and many, many others have participated in the Member to Member Solar Hot Water Installation program, serving as team leaders for an installation every week for months at a time (many, many thanks to Scott Reed (Sunderland), Nat Fortune (Whately), John Howard (Northampton) and many more!).