The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) announced a pivotal decision, authorizing Sustainable Westchester access to a treasure trove of necessary data for the state’s very first Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program. This is a significant milestone for New York’s CCA program, Governor Cuomo’s strategic Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) and, more generally, for consumers and local public servants alike, representing a huge shift in New York’s power industry.
By putting data and choice in the hands of communities, local advocates aver that benign markets can function on behalf of consumers, grow bigger and operate more efficiently with greater transparency.”Most notably, the contractual structure and the opportunity it represents will set national precedent. Sustainable Westchester’s CCA program will serve as a replicable energy model for New York State and other CCA enabled communities around the nation,” said Mike Gordon, Co-Chair of Sustainable Westchester. “By enabling community contracts versus individual contracts, communities are empowered to make smart energy choices as a group, allowing for valuable, intelligent contract features and for economies of scale.”Since being approved in February, CCA has been enacted in 25 municipalities throughout Westchester County, with roughly 150,000 homes and nearly all of the small businesses in these communities participating. Each municipality has passed a local law authorizing its participation in the CCA program.