As part of a new Good Energy Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program, the New York villages of Fayetteville and Minoa can soon save money on energy bills.
The Good Energy-designed and -managed CCA was approved by the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) this past January, and the villages are taking steps to implement the program, which will pool the communities’ buying power to bid for lower electricity rates.
“Good Energy is a good choice because we’re able to help residents save money through bulk energy buying,” says Village of Fayetteville Mayor Mark A. Olson. “Fayetteville will also have renewable energy options. We’re always looking for a way to reduce our carbon footprint.”
In north-central New York State near Syracuse, Fayetteville and Minoa are part of a CCA that includes five other communities, which will help provide lower energy prices for residents and businesses. The five municipalities participating in this CCA include the Village of Coxsackie and the towns of Cairo and New Baltimore in Greene County, and the villages of Fayetteville and Minoa in Onondaga County.
“My goals as mayor include finding ways to save money and being energy efficient,” says William F. Brazill, Mayor of the Village of Minoa. “Good Energy has provided an easy, win-win way for residents of the village to save money on energy bills, and the village will have renewable energy options as well.”
In addition to the possibility of lower energy prices through bulk-purchasing, Good Energy can provide New York communities with renewable-energy options such as energy storage, distributed generation and community solar programs.
“Good Energy has been working hard behind the scenes with the PSC and Fayetteville and Minoa to get this program off the ground in the most effective way we know how,” says Javier Barrios, Managing Partner of New York City-based Good Energy. “Plans and strategies are now set and we are finally ready to begin the process of helping residents and businesses save on energy bills.”
In 2015, New York’s PSC authorized the creation of CCAs as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision program. New York is the seventh state to allow CCAs, and Good Energy participated in the initial design of its first such program in Westchester County. Good Energy met with leaders of the five Central New York and Capital District communities for about a year to develop the program, which could begin operating in the second quarter of 2018.
To join or establish a CCA, communities must pass laws permitting them, with the proviso that residents and small businesses can choose to remain with their existing utility. Good Energy will help each of the first five localities select an energy service company to manage its CCA.
For more information about CCAs in New York, visit Good Energy.