The Co-op Story

The Energy Co-op was founded on the idea that there are better ways to buy energy and that the community should have a say in where its energy comes from.

In 1979, The Energy Co-op was started by members of the Weaver’s Way Food Co-op to lower the per-gallon price of heating oil by leveraging its members’ buying power. By the 1990s, The Energy Co-op had expanded its geographic reach beyond West Mount Airy and added electricity to its offerings. Its EcoChoice product offerings pioneered renewable energy in the PECO service territory. Today, we offer clean electricity, renewable natural gas, home heating oil, and we continue to look for new ways to support our members.


We envision a world where empowered energy users have access to clean, affordable, locally-controlled and locally-sourced energy resources.

  • Transparency in pricing and actions.
  • Accountability to our membership and the community.
  • Environmental, economic and social sustainability in all of our decisions.
Why Join a Co-op?

Powering your home or business with clean electricity, renewable natural gas or home heating oil from The Energy Co-op is similar to purchasing energy from any number of competing suppliers.


But, we’re not like every other supplier. When you switch to The Energy Co-op, you become a Co-op member. That means you have a right to know (and vote on) how your energy is sourced and how the organization is run.


To most energy companies, this degree of transparency would be revolutionary. To us, it’s just how we do business.


Learn more by reviewing our bylaws here.