A coalition of Monroe County municipalities is taking the next step forward to procure a lower cost, 100-percent clean electricity supply for local ratepayers. The Towns of Irondequoit, Pittsford and Brighton, as well as the Village of Pittsford, have all selected Joule Assets to serve as program administrator for Community Choice Aggregation. Joule maintains an operating agreement with locally-based Roctricity.
The towns of Irondequoit, Brighton, and Pittsford, as well as the Village of Pittsford, will likely join the growing ranks of New York communities using community choice aggregation to bring clean, renewable energy to their residents and small businesses en masse.
Under a CCA program, local governments contract with energy suppliers on behalf of their residents and small businesses, which buy the energy.
In recent years, the town of Irondequoit has distinguished itself as one of the area’s most forward-thinking communities with regards to renewable energy practices. This has allowed us to implement many sustainability projects that have the dual benefit of lowering energy consumption and reducing our energy costs.
Pittsford, N.Y. – Taxpayers in Pittsford could be getting another choice for their power provider. A meeting Wednesday night focused on Community Choice Aggregation. The town is looking into using an electric power broker to negotiate cheaper or greener electricity.
A power-purchasing initiative backed by local climate activists received an important state approval today. The State Public Service Commission approved Joule Assets' plan to administer a community choice aggregation program for the Village of Brockport, the Village of Lima, the Town of Geneva, and three other communities across the state, if those local governments decide to move forward.
The state gives local governments a pretty powerful tool for helping their residents and businesses buy renewable energy, and Brighton resident Sue Hughes-Smith has campaigned hard to get local elected officials to use it. But now Smith is worried that a new initiative may undercut those efforts.
A year or so from now, City of Rochester residents and small businesses could have easy access to 100 percent renewable energy at a price lower than their current rates. Mayor Lovely Warren is preparing legislation stating the city's intent to pursue community choice aggregation.
Climate change can seem a nigh-unstoppable wave bearing down upon us, and it’s easy to feel powerless to make a difference. After all, not many of us can afford to buy a Toyota Prius or install a geothermal furnace. But a recent legislative change at the state level has allowed municipalities in New York to band together and use an entire region’s combined buying power to purchase energy.