The Co-op Blog

Information, Thoughts, News and Trivia

Someone wise once said, "it's good to learn something new everyday," and we really take that to heart here. While we aren't always the experts, we love to share what we know with you. Take some time to read through our blog posts. You'll find everything from sustainability, the cooperative movement, the answer to that Quizzo question from last night and (of course) energy. We welcome your thoughts and discussion as we strive to live more sustainable lives together!

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Co-op News | April 17, 2014

We are happy to announce the launch of a new product called Solar Leader. We're offering this product in partnership with Solar States to help bring new solar energy production to Philadelphia and we invite you to join us in this effort.

Energy Industry & Technology | April 15, 2014

Have you heard? The City of Philadelphia reached an agreement to sell PGW to a private holding company for $1.86 billion. What is there to know about the deal?

Local, PA, Biodiesel, Sustainability | April 14, 2014

Five SE Pennsylvania counties have high levels of particulate air pollution (from the EPA). What are the "health benefit savings" generated by on-road diesel vehicles?

Biodiesel, Electricity, Sustainability | April 1, 2014

Part of our responsibility is to always keep looking for new ways to do things better, and more sustainably. What product innovations have we been working on?

Energy Industry & Technology | March 25, 2014

Earlier this month I attended the Tri-State Sustainability Symposium. It was a day-long event filled with tons of information covering diverse topics such as green technology, business and sustainability, information for commercial real estate owners and tenants, and renewable energy.

Energy Industry & Technology | March 19, 2014

The wholesale electricity market is very volatile, especially in the northeast and mid-Atlantic. When you buy fixed-price electricity, someone else is assuming the volatility risk and you're essentially buying an insurance policy to hedge that risk for them.

Energy Industry & Technology | March 11, 2014

Before the end of this year, all of PECO’s 1.6 million customers will have a smart meter installed as a requirement of Act 129. My home received its smart meter about two months ago and I have to tell you, I’m fascinated by it.

Local, PA, Sustainability | March 5, 2014

Just as Northern California is known for wine, the Philadelphia area has garnered a reputation as one of the most vibrant craft beer regions in the country. Sitting at the epicenter is the City of Brotherly Love with two full-scale breweries, six brewpubs, dozens of renowned bars, and thousands of thirsty consumers. What impact does the brewing process make on the environment?

Heating Oil | February 26, 2014

The bitter cold and snow of Winter 2014 has caused energy prices to soar and has particularly been unkind to heating oil users. Read more to learn about the value of buying cooperatively.

Energy Industry & Technology | February 17, 2014

During the month of January, extremely cold weather created record electricity demand while a medley of generation issues constrained demand. The combination of these events created severe price volatility which had an immediate effect on the electricity industry.

Staff Speaks

Did you know that each staff member contributes to our blog? Whether it's writing about their own experiences with sustainability or sharing their knowledge on the latest trends in the energy market, this is your opportunity to hear from our staff. Wonder which one of us wrote that awesome blog you just finished reading? Make sure to note the author of each post. Just one more way to get to know the friendly staff at The Energy Co-op!

You Talk, We Listen

The Co-op staff is really great, but we aren't mind readers. (Yet.)  Let us know what YOU want to read about. Have a question about sustainability that you want answered? Or maybe you've always wanted to know more about daily operations at The Co-op? Either way, we want to write about the things that you want to read. Send us your great ideas!