WHITE PLAINS, NY and YONKERS, NY — August 5, 2018 — Westchester Power/Sustainable Westchester will request bids from energy suppliers over the next month to set new 2019 Green Supply rates and Standard Supply Rates for its 85,000 customers in the 17 municipalities in Consolidated Edison’s utility territory.
There are overall approximately 100,000 customers who are part of the 21-municipality Westchester Power Community Choice Aggregation, with the remaining participants in the New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) utility territory.
A spokesperson for Westchester Power, Jasmine Graham, Outreach & Compliance Coordinator, estimated its new Green and Standard rates for residential customers would stay below Consolidated Edison’s average residential rate over the last 12 months, about 8.3 cents per kWh.
For small commercial accounts, Graham said she expected the Green and Standard Rates would both come to about 9 cents per kwh.
Currently under the 2016-2018 contract, commercial users on the Westchester Power Green Supply pay 9.97 cents and Standard Supply, pay 9.93 cents per KWH.
Graham informed White Plains CitizeNetReporter (www.WPCNR.com) that the 85,000 people within Con Edison’s territory have saved on average about $150 to $200 with the Westchester Power rates in the 25 months of the program, equivalent to about $6 per month.
The 85,000 Con Edison customers in the 21-community Westchester Power Community Choice Aggregation that have enjoyed the stability of Westchester Power energy rates will receive notice of the new rates Westchester Power selects after a supplier is chosen through a bidding process among energy suppliers.
Constellation NewEnergy, the current supplier to Westchester Power will be among the bidders Ms. Graham advised.
Prior to sending out requests for bids, Graham said that Westchester Power weights the average monthly Con Edison per kWh rate by the usage over the months of the year to determine the price target for energy suppliers to bid on their cost to supply that amount of electricity beginning in 2019.
Graham informed WPCNR she expected the bids from suppliers to be in by end of September, and the company would have new rates set by October 1. Westchester Power will thereafter present the new rates to the members of the Westchester Power Community Choice Aggregation.
This year, Graham said Ardsley, Sleepy Hollow and Pound Ridge are positioned to join the coalition.
Consumers will receive a letter in November notifying them of the new Program rates because the next Con Edison contract begins January 2019.
The effort to organize and assemble Community Choice Aggregation savings to upstate communities is being taken up by three other organizations similar in organization to Westchester Power/Sustainable Westchester.
Virginia Steinberg, in a statement delineated below, described the three organizations taking the concept of aggregated buying power to the three upper New York areas.
“Joule Assets, MEGA and Good Energy are private companies who are offering administrative services to municipalities that wish to create CCAs (Community Choice Aggregations). They help local groups to organize to achieve PSC approvals to participate, organize the bidding process for supply, and oversee the performance of the supplier.
You can think of SW (Sustainable Westchester) as performing these roles, and the role of the local community group.
In other localities where there is less density, these administrators may aggregate over several counties and collaborate with different local partners in each case.
These firms are also working to provide opportunities for these localities to promote local energy and energy efficiency as we at Sustainable Westchester are doing with our programs.
Westchester Power Members
There are 45 municipalities in Westchester County.
21 participating municipalities in the Westchester Power Program CCA.
Towns highlighted in green or brown below are part of the WP (Westchester Power) CCA.(Community Choice Aggregation):
Bedford-Con Ed and NYSEG
Lewisboro – NYSEG
New Castle**Green municipality opting for 100% renewable.
North Salem – NYSEG
Somers – NYSEG
White Plains – Approved joining coalition; opting for 100% Green renewable
*** Brown municipalities opting for basic fuel generating mix:
Pound Ridge – NYSEG
Addendum from Yonkers Tribune Editor-at-Large Hezi Aris suggests were the City of Yonkers to join, rates would fall precipitously to all presently involved, as well as for the City of Yonkers (CoY). Yonkers is the largest City in Westchester County making up 21percent of the total population of 1.2 million people. Why has CoY not taken advantage of the potential savings expected? Perhaps Mayor Mike Spano can beseech the Yonkers City Council to approve joining the coalition. It seems a win / win despite the prospect for savings being anathema to CoY’s conduct.
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John Bailey is the publisher and editor of White Plains CitizeNetReporter