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WELCOME  to  the Mountain Propane Buyers Cooperative! We’re looking forward to having so many new people join us.   Once you're a Member you can login to the Co-Op website for  basic information and updates.  It is essential for you to understand this from the beginning:  The Co-Op is not a purchaser or supplier of propane fuel.  Our efforts are directed at negotiating the best price we can get for our Members.  Once a supplier is selected they become the sole contact point and  the only one that is responsible for sale and supply to each Member-customer.  After you register for membership the Co-Op has  no further involvement.

Please note that the Co-Op program is available for single family residential property only.  

GREAT CONTRACT WITH GREAT PRICES.  The Co-Op Committee accepted a contract offer from  Blossman Gas  for 2014-2015.  Here are the details:

-The contract term is 12 months beginning July 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2015

-Registration will be open during the entire contract term with 2 fixed-price tiers:

      (1)  People who register by September 30, 2014 will pay $1.689 per gallon

      (2)  People who register after September 30, 2014 will pay $1.859 per gallon

-There will be a $10 compliance fee with each delivery.  No other fees will be charged.

 MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS.     In order to become a Member you must meet the following requirements:

(1) You must submit a New Member Registration Form

(2) You must own your propane tank(s)

(3) The tank(s) where you want propane delivered must be in Buncombe County, North Carolina

(4) You must have full access to email and the Internet.

 

 WHERE WE’VE BEEN.  We started in 2009 with 15 neighbors on Town Mountain in Asheville, NC with a single objective:  get the lowest price for propane by using the power of group purchasing.  Since then we’ve grown and expanded our focus to all of Buncombe County.  When registration closed in 2012 we had grown to 131 Members.  When registration closed in 2013 we had 305 Members. The Co-Op fixed price was $1.799 per gallon. Retail prices then were already moving toward $3.00 per gallon.  By January, 2014 retail prices charged by some suppliers were over $5.00 per gallon.  Remember that our negotiating power increases as membership grows.  

HOW WE GOT WHERE WE ARE NOW.   We've grown exponentially since our modest beginnings.  As of August 1, 2014  the Co-Op has more than 400 Members and we're still growing.  We  began interviewing suppliers in mid-March and again in mid-April, 2014. Quoted prices as of April 30th were between $2.46 and $3.75 per gallon.  Additional fees ranged from $6.00 to $20.00 per delivery.  None of the suppliers would offer fixed fuel prices. After those interviews and a lot of research on the commodities exchanges we asked the 2013-2014 Co-Op supplier, Blossman Gas, to provide their quote for Co-Op business in the 2014-2015 heating season. With a lot of effort and determination the Commitee was able to negotiate the outstanding contract we have now.

REMEMBER WHO AND WHAT WE ARE.  The Co-Op is not a formal organization.  We use 'Co-Op' as a convenient name for our  Committee of  4 volunteers who  put in the   extraordinary amount of time and effort it takes to work on this project for the community’s benefit. We advertise and solicit new Members, collect and organize data, research and stay current on news from the propane industry, update our website so that Members are kept informed and shop and negotiate for lower than market prices. We call everyone who participates in our program a 'Member' when they register on our website.  It is these efforts that have made the Co-Op successful from the very beginning.

LOOKING AHEAD.  We want as many homeowners as possible to join the Co-Op.    The 4 of us are committed to continuing our efforts to help our community by  encouraging Buncombe County residents to register and become part of an organized customer base which propane suppliers can only attract by providing lower than market prices.   A constantly increasing membership is the key to our success. We're looking forward to having you as a Co-Op Member.

Thank you. 

Mountain Propane Buyers Cooperative Committee

Marcia Szerlip

Joe Sechler

John Haas

Bakki Kudva 

 URGENT NOTICE about email from our website going into your Spam or Junk folder. Our web site sends out many types of emails for email confirmation (during signup process), invitation to register, registration confirmation, etc. Sometimes, depending on your service provider, these emails may find their way into your spam or junk folder. So if you were expecting an email from the Co-Op web site but do not see it in your 'Inbox', please look in your spam or junk folder.

You may also mark emails from the buyerscooperative.org domain as 'Not Spam' or 'Not Junk'. Once you do that the subsequent emails should not be treated as spam or junk.

Another problem is the blocking of URLs (links) in the emails by the security setting of programs such as Microsoft® Outlook®. In such a case you will have to copy & paste the URL from the email into your browser.

 


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The Mountain Propane Buyers Cooperative Committee Members each expressly disclaim and accept no liability for the accuracy or adequacy of the  Co-Op website or email delivery system, the content of any notices or materials generated or distributed  therefrom  or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.