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Westchester Power

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Westchester Power (Community Choice Aggregation, CCA) is a community-based bulk energy purchasing program intended to control costs and increase the use of renewable energy in Westchester County. Westchester Power is a program initiated and implemented by Sustainable Westchester Inc, on behalf of member municipalities that have chosen to participate in the program.

Sustainable Westchester is a non-profit organization that serves the interests of its member cities, towns and villages. Westchester Power provides residents and small business electric customers a locally chosen alternative to the state-mandated utility—Con Edison or NYSEG—for energy supply. Westchester Power represents the best interests of consumers by providing choices for competitive, fixed prices and cleaner energy.

What is Green Energy?

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Mission

To give Westchester County residents better energy choices through collective action that create stable future prices, access clean power at competitive rates, and opportunities for developing local, sustainable energy systems and programs.

MEMBER COMMUNITIES

ABOUT THE WESTCHESTER POWER PROGRAM

Who Is Sustainable Westchester?
Who Is Sustainable Westchester?

Who Is Sustainable Westchester?

Sustainable Westchester is a membership organization comprised of Westchester County’s municipalities. Our cities, towns and villages represent over 800,000 county residents—over 90% of the County’s population. Sustainable Westchester seeks to turn environmental challenges into opportunities through collective action in order to improve the quality of life, strengthen the economy and secure the future prospects of County residents.



Who Is Manages the Westchester Power Program?
Who Is Manages the Westchester Power Program?

Who Is Manages the Westchester Power Program?

Sustainable Westchester, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) consortium of Westchester County local governments, has been authorized by the New York State Public Service Commission to act as the manager and administrator of Westchester Power on behalf of its member municipalities. Westchester Power is a program of Sustainable Westchester and participating Westchester County municipalities that have passed the required local legislation and then chose to participate in the program.

When Did The Program Begin?
When Did The Program Begin?

When Did The Program Begin?

Westchester Power launched in May 2016 with 20 participating municipalities, and as of January 2020, a total of 27 municipalities currently participate. The change to the new supply rate is reflected in either the first or second bill after the its municipality participation is finalized, depending on each customer’s billing cycle dates.

Who Participates In Westchester Power?
Who Participates In Westchester Power?

Who Participates In Westchester Power?

Approximately 115,000 county residents and small businesses in Westchester municipalities are currently in the program

What Does This Mean For Me?
What Does This Mean For Me?

What Does This Mean For Me?

This means that Westchester Power will negotiate the best possible rate on behalf of all participating consumers. While your state-designated utility, either Con Edison or NYSEG, will still deliver the energy supplied through Westchester Power.
It also means that you have a choice to help eliminate carbon pollution by opting up to 100% renewable energy sources.

How Does The Westchester Power Program Work?
How Does The Westchester Power Program Work?

How Does The Westchester Power Program Work?

On behalf of the participating municipalities, Westchester Power has negotiated to buy electricity at a bulk, fixed rates from a single supplier for each jurisdiction in the program. For residents and small businesses in participating municipalities, Westchester Power will automatically become the default electricity provider, allowing the purchase of electric supply at the contracted fixed rate. Con Edison or NYSEG will continue to handle the consumer’s billing, deliver electricity, maintain power lines, and respond to service outages.

Westchester Power:

A Brief Historical Perspective

In February 2015, Sustainable Westchester, a non-profit 501(c)(3) consortium of Westchester County local governments was selected by the New York State Public Service Commission to launch New York State’s first Community Choice Aggregation program (“Order Granting Petition in Part” in Case 14-M-0564, issued February 26, 2015). Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is an energy procurement program that enables participating communities to join together and purchase electricity in bulk. Purchasing electricity in bulk provides the market clout to negotiate lower rates and to offer credible, clean energy choices for customers.

Community Choice Aggregation is currently available in six US states: California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Ohio, New Jersey and Rhode Island. New York will be the seventh. Over five million customers nationwide are served by a CCA program.

Westchester Power Timeline

2015

PSC approval
of pilot

2016

Launch
with 20 municipalities

2017 – 2018

Development
Expansion of CCA’s State-wide Westchester Power; new municipal participation Education & outreach Systems & reporting enhancements

2019

Rebid of contracts
New contracts include
NYS Hydropower RECs
27 Municipalities

TODAY

Positioning for Renewal
Increasing renewable energy impact

Westchester Power Timeline

2015

PSC approval
of pilot

2016

Launch
with 20 municipalities

2017 – 2018

Development
Expansion of CCA’s State-wide Westchester Power; new municipal participation Education & outreach Systems & reporting enhancements

2019

Rebid of contracts
New contracts include
NYS Hydropower RECs
27 Municipalities

TODAY

Positioning for Renewal
Increasing renewable energy impact