Paul Presendieu of Sustainable Westchester gave the Board of Trustees and the Croton Community an update on the Westchester Power Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) Program.
Croton-on-Hudson joined Sustainable Westchester’s Community Choice Aggregation program, called Westchester Power, following a vote by the Board of Trustees in February 2018.
A CCA is a program that allows local governments to procure power on behalf of their residents, & businesses accounts from an alternative supplier while still receiving transmission and distribution service from their existing utility. By aggregating demand, communities gain leverage to negotiate better rates with competitive suppliers and choose greener power sources.
Like 26 other Westchester communities, the Board chose to make the 100% green option of the CCA program the default for Croton customers. This pairs the power procured through the CCA with Renewable Energy Credits from 100% emissions-free NY hydropower. By working together with these communities, we’ve helped avoid or mitigate 775,000 metric tons of CO2, equivalent to taking 168,000 cars off the road county-wide.
Under the current CCA contract, which expires on June 30, 2022, both the green and non-green power supply options secure electricity at a fixed rate below the average price per kilowatt-hour for 2015 Con Edison customers. Customers enrolled in the Westchester Power CCA may leave the program at any time without penalty.
In his presentation, Mr. Presendieu shared some planned Sustainable Westchester initiatives. This includes the exciting prospect of integrating local community solar arrays directly into the CCA program. As always, the Board, with the guidance of our Sustainability Committee, will carefully examine these new offerings and work with our partner communities to make them a success for residents.