Last week Sustainable Westchester unveiled Westchester Power, the online registration portal for its new Community Choice Aggregation initiative. Through Westchester Power, residents of 20 participating Westchester County municipalities have aggregated their collective purchasing power to obtain favorable, fixed electricity prices, as well as an option for 100% renewable electricity.
Starting in May 2016, approximately 110,000 Westchester residents and businesses will begin receiving their electricity through the Westchester Power program. These services will be delivered under a 2-year fixed price with Con Edison Solutions, the winning bidder on the Request for Proposals issued by Sustainable Westchester. The electricity price under the Westchester Power program is significantly lower than the default utility rate previously paid by program participants; Sustainable Westchester estimates that participants will collectively save $4-5 million during the life of the contract.
Moreover, approximately half of the participating municipalities have signed up for the 100% renewable electricity option, meaning that residents in those municipalities will default to the renewably-sourced electricity. Individual customers in any participating municipality may opt in to or out of the Westchester Power program, or opt in to or out of the 100% renewable option, via the Westchester Power portal.
Last week’s launch of the Westchester Power program is the culmination of Sustainable Westchester’s years-long effort to allow Westchester County to serve as a pilot project for Community Choice Aggregation. In late 2014, Sustainable Westchester successfully petitioned the New York Public Service Commission to authorize the Westchester Power program, which is the first of its kind in New York State. In approving the program, the PSC noted that the CCA program advanced key objectives of New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision process, an initiative to upgrade the resiliency and sustainability of New York’s energy system.