Sustainable Westchester Inc. is currently running on schedule for the project aimed at bringing lower utility rates to consumers in many municipalities in the county, including Tarrytown and Irvington. The project, Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), contracts with one or more default power suppliers for all residents and small businesses that will set gas and electric rates lower than what utility companies now charge. Utilities, such as Con Edison, would continue to deliver the supplies through its infrastructure.
Response last month from interested energy service companies, (ESCOs), relating to their being chosen for the project has been “good,” according to Leo Wiegman, Executive Director of Sustainable Westchester. Twenty-two communities in the county, with Tarrytown and Irvington among them, have passed local legislation that enables their participation in the program. Four more were expected to join by the end of last month.
Wiegman said the schedule, “…should enable our residents and small businesses to be enrolled in the program by January 1, 2016.” However, he called the timing “a little aggressive,” and indicated there could be a delay, if the process slows. “We aim to seek bids between the second and fourth week of November, making a recommendation on an energy supplier with the most compliant bid by late November,” he added.
Wiegman stated that Sustainable Westchester is circulating a Program Management Agreement that broadly reaffirms to participating municipalities their enrollment in the program. A draft Energy Services Agreement that allows those communities to review the terms included in the Energy Procurement Request for Proposals from the interested ESCO will follow that, Wiegman said.
As part of the procedure, New York’s Public Service Commission will be requesting information from existing utility companies, such as ConEdison, for details on the amount of gas and electricity they provide to each community so aggregate totals can be calculated for use in Sustainable Westchester’s soliciting proposals from the ESCOs.