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Ag Energy expands membership criteria


September 3, 2010
By Dave Harrison

Sept. 3, 2010, Guelph, Ont. – Ag Energy Co-operative has changed its
membership criteria, effectively extending membership eligibility to
all those in the agricultural community.

Sept. 3, 2010, Guelph, Ont. – Ag Energy Co-operative has changed its membership criteria, effectively extending membership eligibility to all those in the agricultural community.
 
“As the energy marketplace shifts and evolves, our co-op must follow suit,” says CEO Rose Gage. “We welcome every farmer, food processor and agriculturally focused stakeholder to the value chain to utilize our expert energy team.”
 
The co-op, formed in 1988 by several Ontario greenhouse growers, has gradually grown into other farming sectors. Members benefit from preferred natural gas and electricity pricing and turnkey solar PV systems.  It offers trusted energy market information, education and advice along with transparent pricing, voting rights, and the potential for patronage.
 
“It is a logical progression to change the requirements,” says Mike Bouk, the co-op’s retired former CEO. "In recent years the co-op has increasingly developed its program and service offerings to benefit all of Ontario agriculture, not just its current membership.”
 
Agriculture can play a critical role in the emerging alternative energy market, says Gage.  “Ag Energy Co-operative looks to begin collaborating with all possible participants to ensure that, by working together, we are able to realize all the possible opportunities.”
 
Previously, membership was limited to agricultural producers and processors with a minimum annual consumption of 50,000 cubic metres of natural gas. The decision to remove the energy consumption requirement was ratified at the 2009 annual general meeting.
 
Those interested in joining Ag Energy can contact them toll-free at 888-866-7575, or visit www.agenergy.coop.
 
Ag Energy Co-operative is an independent, farmer-owned co-operative formed in 1988 to provide energy products and services to its members and customers within Ontario agriculture. It represents half of the natural gas and one-third of the electricity consumed by Ontario agriculture.

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