Published on April 5th, 2016 | by Roy L Hales0
14 Westchester Communities Opt For 100% Green Energy
April 5th, 2016 by Roy L Hales
Originally published on the ECOreport
New York State’s first community choice aggregation (community owned utility) under Governor Cuomo’s watch, is now expected to start supplying customers with electricity on May 1, 2016. The number of participating Sustainable Westcher communities has grown to 20. A number of these have opted to use a normal blend (brown) as their default electricity but 14 Westchester communities opted for 100% green energy as a default.
14 Westchester Communities Opted For 100% Green Energy
According to Sustainable Westchester Co-Chair Mike Gordon, those 14 communities did not base their choice on the idea “green is the right thing to do,” as the green option was also smarter from a business perspective.
“Any contract that you go with, whether it is standard or renewable, it’s fixed. It is a fixed price over the course of the contract and that fixed price is slightly lower if it is brown, or standard mix, however a feature of the contract allows us to either develop contracts and deals with renewable power plants, or to actually finance the development of a new renewable power plant,” he said.
The Flexibility To Switch Contracts
“We have the flexibility, over the course of this contract period, to say to the supplier, ‘Hey supplier, You’ve already bought all the energy to fill out this contract, however we have identified another power plant that we want you to buy from. That power plant is telling us that it is costing us let’s say 6 cents a kilowatt hour (kWh) to buy from them and we want you to take that to 6 cents a kWh.”
As the supplier has to take this new contract, he may have to sell the electricity he would have used on the open market.
“If we don’t like the price they are getting, we’ll go find someone else to give them a better price. If they make money on that deal, 100% of that money goes back to our consumers.”
As the current glut will come to an end someday, the “embedded option” in this contract could allow Sustainable Westchester to make a profit.
“We could be financing the development and introduction of renewable energy into our portfolio at a profit,” speculated Gordon.
The CCA’s 20 Communities
When Sustainable Westchester goes online May 1, the following communities will be using green energy as their default power:
- Town of Mamaroneck
- Village of Mamaroneck
- Village of Ossining
- Town of Ossining
- Village Hastings
- City of New Rochelle
- City of White Plains
- Town of Bedford
- Town of New Castle
- Town of North Salem
There are also seven Westchester communities that opted for a basic (brown) default mix:
- Rye Brook
- Mt. Kisco
At this point, Sustainable Westchester’s CCA will be starting up with 113,600 customers. 94,600 of them will be in ConEd territory, and the remainder are serviced by New York State Electric and Gas Corporation (NYSEG).
Approximately 75,000 of these will be “100% green default customers” unless they choose to opt out.
Photo Credit: Mamaroneck, New York by WalkingGeek via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License)