The Energy Co-op's history is built on the strong desire for affordable, renewable energy options in Southeastern Pennsylvania. It's a story of ideas, perseverance and local impact. It all began in 1979 in the West Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia. The Board of Directors of Weavers Way Food Co-op embarked upon a new community venture that sought to lower the price per gallon of heating oil by leveraging the buying power of its membership with area oil dealers. Participation in the oil program grew year after year, eventually resulting in a new organization - The Energy Co-op.
Over the course of a decade, The Co-op expanded its geographic footprint to the four Pennsylvania counties surrounding Philadelphia, and by the late 1990s, The Co-op's Board of Directors decided to extend its energy offerings to include electricity. Shortly thereafter, EcoChoice100
and the award-winning Solar Buyback Program
were introduced to PECO-area households at a time when no other alternative electricity supplier was offering a renewable option.
By the early 2000s The Co-op had received numerous accolades for pioneering the development of innovative, renewable energy products. With a loyal membership and a desire to push the boundaries, The Co-op once again set out on a new mission -- to produce biodiesel derived from waste grease. With assistance from the United States Department of Agriculture, Co-op staff spent many years researching and testing biodiesel derived from trap grease at a small pilot plant facility in Northeast Philadelphia. In 2005 BlackGold Biofuels (formerly known as Philadelphia Fry-O-Diesel) was formed and later spun-off as a separate entity in 2007.
Today, The Energy Co-op is a local, member-owned energy supplier that has served communities in Pennsylvania for over 35 years. Its unique product offerings include renewable electricity and renewable natural gas with locally-generated environmental benefits, as well as affordable home heating oil. Whether you’re trying to save money, protect the environment or support local businesses, The Co-op truly has something for everyone. As a member-owned cooperative, The Co-op emphasizes unparalleled customer service and transparent pricing for its members, without any tricks or gimmicks. The Energy Co-op hopes you will join its community of informed, empowered energy consumers.