ABOUT YOU

 
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Thank you for signing in here to complete the Annual Member Survey!

We are eager to hear what you're thinking about where we are now, where you'd like to go, and what leadership qualities we'll need going forward. Page 1 of the survey are the most essential questions, Page 2 are optional questions that we'd appreciate the extra time spent but not required.

* 1. Please provide the following contact information:

* 2. Which Community Energy Co-op serve the communities where you live?

* 3. Co-op Power members adopted this set of outcomes which has guided our work over the last 15 years. How well has Co-op Power focused on, worked toward, and achieved these outcomes?

  excellent good fair need more info poor
Decrease use of fossil fuels
Make energy more affordable for low and middle income households
Decrease our use of nuclear power
Increase sustainable energy resources
Educate our community about how to become more sustainable, using less energy, using renewable energy
Provide on-going revenues that will sustain our co-op
Buy local, build local, save local, support local community initiatives and build our local economies
Educate our community about how to build a multi-racial, multi-class movement for justice and sustainability
Address members' energy needs
Provide products and services that are easy to understand and use
Elect leaders and advocate for public policy that promotes justice and sustainability
Minimize human impact on the planet
Create jobs and contribute to our regional green economy
Partner with low-income communities and communities of color to build their economic resilience
Decrease biomass emissions

* 4. How important is each outcome to you now for Co-op Power to focus on, work toward, measure and achieve? Are there others we should add to the list?

  top priority for direct impact secondary priority for direct impact important for indirect impact area of interest for indirect impact out of scope
Partner with low-income communities and communities of color to build their economic resilience
Increase sustainable energy resources
Elect leaders and advocate for public policy that promotes justice and sustainability
Decrease use of fossil fuels
Educate our community about how to become more sustainable, using less energy, using renewable energy
Decrease our use of nuclear power
Provide products and services that are easy to understand and use
Create jobs and contribute to our regional green economy
Educate our community about how to build a multi-racial, multi-class movement for justice and sustainability
Make energy more affordable for low and middle income households
Address members' energy needs
Provide on-going revenues that will sustain our co-op
Minimize human impact on the planet
Decrease biomass emissions
Buy local, build local, save local, support local community initiatives and build our local economies

* 5. As a consumer cooperative, the goal is to provide members with products and services that they can afford and need. We believe that we can use this structure to achieve greater societal outcomes and provide value to members. In order to better match Co-op Power's energy services with our members' energy needs, we need to be able to gain insight into spending patterns and estimate demand for our offerings. The idea is to create products and services to reduce your expenses or provide services that replace expenses you already have instead of creating new expenses on top of what you already spend. You can choose to answer as an individual or a household.

How much do you currently spend on average per month on living expenses on each item? (Rough estimates are great)

* 6. We want to know your demand for energy related products and services. Please respond with your willingness to purchase each of the following products and/or services if they were available to purchase through Co-op Power today.

  I'm already buying and/or I want to buy AND I want to help make this happen Yes I'd buy today Depends on the price Need more information Not at this time
Network of physical devices, vehicles, buildings, and electronic devices that are linked together (i.e. Nest Smart Thermostats, Smart Homes ecosystems)
Bulk buying club for heating oil, bioheat and propane
Electric Vehicles and related products
Small scale solar products (solar powered outdoor lights, phone chargers, ovens etc)
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy System Installation Referrals to other companies.
Consulting Services (economic resilience, green building, etc)
Community-Shared Solar Shares- Co-op Power-owned, solar electric systems that provide electricity
Biodiesel -  a liquid fuel from recycled vegetable oil that can fuel oil heat systems and diesel engines
Energy storage devices (i.e. Tesla power packs)
Online Digital Community Membership- to share best practices for achieving fossil fuel freedom
**ANSWER QUESTION #7 ONLY IF YOU ARE READY TO BUY BIODIESEL (If not, you can skip it)**
As we prepare to sell biodiesel to our members and others in our community, it is important that we understand your preferences as a consumer when you think about using biodiesel for your home heating system or your diesel vehicles. Biodiesel is a renewable fuel that can be used in fuel oil heat systems without modifying the heating system. Biodiesel reduces diesel fuel's particulate emissions when blended with diesel fuel and improves air quality both in your home and in the air generally. Our biodiesel plant, Northeast Biodiesel, produces biodiesel from used cooking oil, a recycled material. We have a commitment to not make our biodiesel from virgin oil because it has a bigger carbon footprint, it's more expensive, and it uses productive farm land for energy crops rather than for food. We also have the option to build up our network of local restaurants to supply our plant with waste oil or to source our oil from general market sources.

A biodiesel/diesel blend is called B5 when it has 5% biodiesel and B20 when it contains 20% biodiesel.  B100 is just straight biodiesel.  A B12 or higher blend of biodiesel and low sulphur diesel burns cleaner than natural gas. In the winter, petroleum diesel fuel gels when it's cold. Biodiesel gels too. Customers often store their biodiesel in heated spaces and/or use lower blends and additives over the winter to guard against gelling.  When you use biodiesel instead of diesel fuel, you're reducing your carbon emissions by 87%. It's a great way to move towards Fossil Fuel Freedom in your space heating.

In order to understand your biodiesel attribute preferences, please rank these hypothetical products based on your preferences.

* 7. Which hypothetical biodiesel product would you rather buy for your home heating system or your diesel vehicle? (*Rank 11-Highest Preference, 1-Lowest Preference*) You can click on the dotted rectangle and drag to reorder instead of selecting each number individually. **This type of question is used to evaluate attribute preferences.**

* 8. How frequently do you use the following sources for information related to current events or information related to topics you find interesting.

  Never A few times per year A few times per month A few times per week A few times per day
Podcasts
Local Newspaper
Huffington Post
Facebook
E-mail Listserves
Public Radio
Reddit
National Newspaper
Youtube
Television
Twitter
Vendors at the farmer's market or outside local grocery store
All questions on Page 2 of the survey are optional, if you do not wish to continue feel free to submit your responses.
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