New York communities can sign up to save money on energy bills through this innovative, new program
The Association of Towns of the State of New York (AOT) and the New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) have partnered with New York City-based energy consultant Good Energy to create the New York Municipal Energy Program (NYMEP), a one-of-a-kind, innovative Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) and Municipal buying initiative that allows New York communities and municipal facilities to save money on energy costs.
The program enables municipalities and community residents to join a bulk energy buying group to increase energy purchasing power and decrease costs. The New York Public Service Commission authorized the creation of CCAs in 2015 as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision program. New York is the seventh state in the country to allow CCAs, and Good Energy participated in the initial design of its first such program in Westchester County.
“This is an exciting collaboration that’s unprecedented between the two organizations,” says Javier Barrios, Good Energy Managing Partner. “After months of development with NYCOM and AOT, we’re proud to open enrollment to New York municipalities throughout the state.”
To sign up, communities simply need to visit www.NY-mep.com and complete the on-line enrollment form.
“As community leaders, mayors are always looking for ways to save taxpayer money,” says Peter Baynes, Executive Director of NYCOM. “The New York Municipal Energy Program doesn’t cost municipalities any money to join and communities may quickly see significant savings.”
“The greatest benefit of the New York Municipal Energy Program is the economy of scale,” says Gerry Geist, AOT Executive Director. “The more communities that join, the better the pricing we can get.”
Municipalities that sign up will be able to save on energy costs for facilities such as wastewater treatment plants, correctional facilities and municipally-owned buildings.
AOT and NYCOM represent the majority of municipalities in New York and advocate legislative initiatives supporting cities, towns, and villages of New York. As the fully endorsed, exclusive consultant for the program, Good Energy will negotiate lower energy costs for electricity and natural gas. Good Energy’s marketplace expertise also enables NYMEP to secure the best prices. The organizations have been working together to develop this unique program for several months, and Good Energy is a corporate member of both AOT and of the NYCOM Network.
“The energy market is a live, dynamic environment,” Barrios says. “Prices can change instantly. NYMEP provides price stability and optionality for a municipality and its residents.”
More information about NYMEP will be shared at upcoming conferences, such as the NYCOM Winter Legislative Meeting, Feb. 11-13 in Albany and NY AOT Conference in NYC, Feb 18-21.
For more information and to sign up, visit www.NY-mep.com.
About Association of Towns of the State of New York (AOT)
Established in 1933, the AOT helps towns obtain greater economy and efficiency. From inception, membership support has been strong and has grown to over 97% of all towns. The AOT serves town governments by providing training programs, research and information services, technical assistance, legal services, insurance programs and other resources to member towns. AOT represents town governments by providing advocacy in Albany, monitoring legislation and regulatory action, lobbying and presenting initiatives solely on behalf of towns. The Association gains all of its revenue from dues and activities and receives no state or federal assistance. Visit nytowns.org for more information.
About New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM)
NYCOM is a powerful advocate for city and village governments and their taxpayers before the state legislative, executive and judicial branches of government. NYCOM provides extensive resources about every area of municipal activity to its members. NYCOM is also the preeminent provider of training for local government officials. Through membership in NYCOM, New York’s cities and villages are better able to provide essential services in the most cost-effective manner. Visit nycom.org for more information.
About Good Energy
Good Energy is the number one designer and operator of community choice aggregation programs in the nation, consulting and managing energy programs for more than 400 municipal and public sector clients with over three million residents in 21 states. Based in New York City, Good Energy pioneered community-centric buying and serves about one percent of the U.S. energy market—more than any other single energy consultant nationwide. Through the latest efficiency applications and extensive energy market experience, Good Energy has saved residential, commercial and industrial customers hundreds of millions of dollars.