“Affordable renewable electricity for all – The Promise & Potential of Community Choice Aggregation”
Monday, Feb. 26th 6:30-8:30 pm: Public Information Forum on Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) at the Albany Public Library,161 Washington Ave. Albany, large auditorium:
Making a rapid transition to renewable electricity is one of the most critical acts we can take to “decarbonize” our atmosphere. Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), approved for NY State by the Public Service Commission (PSC), may be the way to make this happen quickly in an entire municipality, with people paying no more than they are now for their default electricity supply. In early March the PSC will decide if community solar can be part of the CCA mix!
When a local government agrees to join a CCA, by default all customers in the community will purchase their electricity through the CCA unless they opt out. Multiple governments join together in the CCA. The large volume of customers enables the CCA to obtain lower prices while promoting renewable energy. CCAs are more common on the West Coast but NYS now allows them; the first started over a year ago in Westchester.
Come listen to Kelly Strait of the Public Service Commission and Robyn Reynolds of the Capital District Regional Planning Commission (a NYSERDA subcontractor) explain what CCA is, why the PSC and NYSERDA are hoping communities will work to adopt it, and how it can contribute to the clean energy revolution in a big way. Also present will be Sue Hughes-Smith, member of the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition who will discuss their efforts to start a CCA. The forum will consist of three short presentations by our speakers followed by an hour of lively questions and answers.
Also on hand will be CCA Administrators – for-profit and non-profit businesses that communities contract with to make the CCA happen. The administrators will be on hand to answer our questions about CCAs and what the administrator’s role is.
(Note: Please park in the back parking lot of the library on Elk Street since the front door to the library closes at 8 pm.)
Co-sponsors include: Green Education and Legal Fund (GELF), Sierra Club Hudson-Mohawk Group, PAUSE/350.org, Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline (SNYFGP)