Fast Facts

Upcoming Changes for Community Energy Program Participants

  • Thank you to all of our Westchester Power residential and small business participants in the Con Edison utility territory for making a commitment to renewable energy and contributing to a positive environmental impact.
  • Westchester Power is approaching the end of its current contract term for participants in the Con Edison service territory, on June 30th. At this time, the electricity supply offering will be put on a temporary pause. This means that starting on your first meter-read date on or after July 1st, you will revert to Con Edison’s supply of electricity. There will be no interruption in your electricity service.
  • Extremely volatile energy market prices have seen electricity rates rise at unprecedented levels, so we are intentionally pausing the electricity supply program service to position ourselves in the most advantageous way possible under these conditions.
  • This change DOES NOT APPLY to Yonkers residents. The following ConEdison territory municipalities that participate in the program are affected: Ardsley Village, Bedford Town (ConEdison service only), Croton Village, Dobbs Ferry, Greenburgh Town, Hastings Village, Irvington Village, Larchmont Village, Mamaroneck Town, Mamaroneck Village, Mount Kisco Village, New Castle Town, New Rochelle City, Ossining Town, Ossining Village, Peekskill City, Pelham Village, Pleasantville Village, Rye Brook Village, Rye City, Sleepy Hollow Village, Tarrytown Village, Tuckahoe Village, White Plains City.

Commitment To Clean Energy

Since 2016, the Westchester Power Community Energy program has helped municipalities in Westchester County leverage the collective power of its residents to control costs and provide insurance against fluctuations in electricity supply through competitively priced and fixed-rate bulk purchasing, while also leading the transition to renewable energy in the state through Westchester Power’s 100% Renewable energy as the primary product subscription of most participants.

In 6 years of operation, Westchester residents and businesses have mitigated the emission of about 1,100,000 metric tons of CO2 through their decision to support renewable energy via Westchester Power. This is equivalent to taking roughly 293,000 cars off the road for one year.

What To Know and What You Can Do

As an affected participant of this pause, be advised that you will receive a notification in the mail from Sustainable Westchester in June, detailing the electricity supply service pause and your subsequent transfer into Con Edison’s electricity supply.

We do not currently know when electricity supply services will restart. At such a time when services return, you will receive a re-enrollment letter informing you about the restart of the program with the new supply rates, associated term dates, and your enrollment options.

To remain in the program at your current supply choice when the program restarts, there is no action needed on your part. Participants will get confirmation of their default supply choice and rate in their re-enrollment letter, along with instructions on how to change supply or opt out of the program before the restart goes into effect.

Note: If you elect to sign an agreement with an Energy Supply Company (ESCO) for the pause period, you will no longer be eligible for Westchester Power and will not be automatically re-enrolled.

Please return to this page for periodic updates on the program status or reach out to us at: westchesterpower@sustainablewestchester.org.

Westchester Power Electricity Supply Service Basics

  • Westchester Power is a program that allows local governments to procure electricity, gas, and other services on behalf of their residents and small businesses
  • This is only an electricity SUPPLY offering. Participants are still customers of their utility company who continue to be responsible for energy distribution, infrastructure maintenance, and billing of customers
  • Westchester Power hosts auctions among qualified Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) and awards supply contracts through this competitive bidding process
  • Enrollment is on an “opt-out” basis- you receive a notification letter with all the program details, and are enrolled unless you say you do not want to be. Participants can exit (or change supply option https://sustainablewestchester.org/wp/energy-choices/) at any time with no fee
  • By joining together through this shared service, communities maximize their leverage to secure competitive rates with energy suppliers and choose greener power sources
  • Westchester Power is a trailblazing program for NY State in bringing 100% renewable energy supply at scale to communities and leading the clean energy transition

Community Outreach

A Community
Energy Platform

The large scale of the program enables us to attract new opportunities for increased environmental impact and potential savings. These include:

Westchester Power Solar Credit offering – Sustainable Westchester is preparing to launch an exciting, new Solar Credit offering within the Westchester Power program in late 2022. The Solar Credit offering provides guaranteed savings to participating households and small businesses. The offering will prioritize the delivery of the Solar Credit savings to those enrolled in the existing utility’s low-income assistance program.

Demand Response – Previously available only to large commercial businesses, Sustainable Westchester has collaborated with a technology firm, Logical Buildings, to pilot demand response for residential customers. By cutting usage during a few peak hours of the year, ConEd can avoid switching on the dirtiest “Peaker Plants,” and will pay you money for that. Learn more about the GridRewards program here.

Let’s Talk About Clean Energy

Why clean energy? By now, everyone has heard of climate change, but it’s not always easy to make the connection to our daily lives. Our energy choices are, however, linked to many of the most serious challenges that we face these days, as well as the question of what kind of future we leave our children.

Most of our electricity is still generated by burning fossil fuels which release greenhouse gases into our atmosphere. This has contributed to our environment’s degradation, increasing temperatures, and local effects such as more frequent higher intensity storms and changes in seasonal patterns. Here’s a short video about the greenhouse effect which is responsible for this problem.

Solar, wind, and hydropower are emissions-free sources of energy. New York State has an aggressive plan to switch over to these clean energy sources and away from fossil fuels. Westchester communities have taken the lead in these efforts, and now dozens of NY communities have followed with similar programs.

Clean Energy Implications
for Westchester County

Our communities need to move away from fossil fuel-powered electricity quickly to help mitigate the challenges associated with climate change. A transformation towards clean-powered electricity is entirely possible.

Westchester Power communities can help accelerate this transition by promoting the generation of clean energy, as well as sending signals to electricity generators, investors, and governments that we place a high priority on ensuring a sustainable and healthy future.

Our energy choices and COVID 19

Studies are showing that areas with higher levels of pollution see worse outcomes from COVID 19. Many observers have pointed out the similarities in the challenges since both require collective, long-term action to solve.

Sea Level Rise

Over the past century, the Hudson has risen about a foot due to global warming (see this Scenic Hudson article), threatening households and habitats. This map shows how the Yonkers waterfront may fare over this century. We can reduce the impact and costs by taking strong action to reverse the growth of greenhouse gases.

Temperature Rise & Disparate Impacts

By the year 2100, on our current trajectory, New York starts to look more like Florida (Climate Central):

But like so many of the effects of global warming, the impact can vary greatly. Groundwork Hudson Valley has done amazing work to go one step further and show how the practice of Redlining has amplified the environmental justice aspect of the problem through the creation of “heat islands” [read more here]:

More resources about local climate change impacts