Address Climate Change Now: 

100% Renewable, Clean Energy in Westchester by 2020

Join us for an URGENT Meeting on Community Choice on September 11, 8am Greenburgh Nature Center

Dear --FNAME-- --LNAME--:
 
As an environmental leader, you know that climate change is the single most important environmental issue facing our planet. And you know that renewable energy is the single most effective way to address climate change.

Exciting news… Our goal is to convert 100% of the energy that powers electricity in Westchester County to renewable sources by 2020. This is an incredible opportunity, but time is of the essence and we need local environmental leaders like you to get involved now to help get the word out. 

Click here to let us know if you are able to meet on September 11 at 8am at Greenburgh Nature Center.
 
Westchester County was recently chosen by New York State Public Service Commission to pilot a program that is intended to rapidly expand access to clean, renewable energy. This program is called Community Choice and it allows local governments to buy electricity in bulk. This results in lower electricity prices and allows residents and small businesses to request 100% renewable, clean energy. These requests need to be made over the next few weeks.

21 municipalities are already engaged in Community Choice. Together, they represent a total of 165,000 households and small businesses in Westchester County (47%). If everyone participates, that would be a huge step in addressing climate change right here in Westchester. 

You have been identified as a local environmental leader who can influence citizens and make real change happen. Please give us one hour of your time to meet and brainstorm about how we can most effectively and quickly gain public support for this unique opportunity.
 
Are you available to meet at 8am on September 11? Please click this meeting poll link to let us know if you are available. Please
Forward to a Friend or anyone you think would be interested in learning about this exciting opportunity.

If you have any questions please contact Midge Iorio by email or phone: (914) 620 - 2411.
 
Many thanks in advance for your support!

-Bedford 2020 and Sustainable Westchester

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Municipalities Participating in Community Choice 

Resolutions or Laws Passed:
Bedford
​Cortlandt
Croton
Irvington
Lewisboro
Mamaroneck, Town
North Salem 
Ossining, Town
Ossining, Village
Pleasantville
Rye Brook
Somers
Tuckahoe

Public Hearing Scheduled:
Greenburgh
Larchmont
Mount Kisco
New Rochelle
Pelham
Pound Ridge
Tarrytown

Other Possible CCA Participants:
New Castle
​Mamaroneck, Village 
Peekskill
Port Chester
White Plains
Yorktown
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We Urge you to Attend
 
 
Click to Let Us Know if Uou Will Attend
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Why YOU are Critical to This Campaign​

You are a leader in your community who understands the serious threat of climate change

Other towns, in states where Community Choice has been effective, have been successful in getting a large percentage of their populations to opt up to 100% renewables.

At our Environmental Leader meeting we want to hear from you about what works in your town and plan a strategy to get Westchester County to 20% renewables by the end of this year!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
See below for detailed information about Community Choice and its most important features.
 
 
 
 
 
Move the Needle On Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Westchester County
 
Renewable Energy is the single most effective tool to address climate change. Renewable energy is simply cleaner, cheaper and more local than fossil fuels.  In addition to cutting greenhouse gas emissions generated by fossil fuels, renewable energy also creates local jobs that grow the economy.
 
Westchester County has the unique opportunity to pilot the State’s first program to rapidly expand access to clean, renewable energy. The Pilot Program is called Community Choice Aggregation (CCA). We refer to it as “Community Choice”. 
 
Community Choice is a new energy “bulk buying” program. It gives local governments a chance to choose how their citizen’s energy will be sourced while transmission and distribution is still maintained by the local utility. This results in a lower price and a higher percentage of renewable energy for residents of Community Choice towns.
 
Residents and small businesses have three choices once a town adopts Community Choice:
 
  1. Automatically get the lower price and better mix of renewable energy.
  2. Opt up to ensure their energy is coming from 100% renewables.
  3. Opt out and stay with their original energy provider at the higher price.
 
Local governments must communicate these choices to residents and small businesses. However, it is the local environmental leaders who will make a difference by educating the public about best choices for the environment and increasing renewable energy. 
 
This program is not dissimilar from other instances in which local governments use aggregation as a way to obtain services or products at favorable prices and terms. According to Mike Gordon, Co-President of Sustainable Westchester, “Community Choice allows us to pull together all of the consumers and small businesses in Westchester County into one large group to bargain for bulk energy production.” The program is significant because it not only lowers energy prices, but also provides customer choice for clean, renewable energy while also modernizing the electricity grid.
 
According to Ellen Conrad and Mary Beth Kass, Co-Presidents of Bedford 2020, “In today’s world there is a growing awareness of the dangers of carbon pollution. As stewards of the planet, we have an obligation to become greenhouse gas emissions-free. This model program will help us get there." Not only will consumers use more clean energy, but by generating more demand for renewable energy, energy suppliers will have an incentive to expand their renewable energy investments. This helps drive the switch from fossil fuels to a more sustainable energy supply across the state.

Community Choice is the perfect program as it offers electricity from cleaner, renewable sources while partnering with Con Ed and NYSEG to continue “delivering” power. It is a great combination since customers will get the same reliability they’re used to, but with more renewable power, lower greenhouse gas emission and lower prices.
 
Once a municipality votes to join the Community Choice effort, every resident and small business in that municipality is automatically signed up to receive their energy through the Community Choice program and will automatically receive energy at a lower price, approximately a 4% to 5% reduction in their monthly electricity bills. However, if a resident or small business wishes to continue with Con Ed or NYSEG as their energy supplier, they may do so. By automatically including all residents and small businesses in the Community Choice program, the program is able to gain maximum participation that enables them to bargain more effectively with an energy supplier for lower prices and for cleaner energy sources.
 
To Summarize the important features of the Community Choice Bulk-Energy Buying Program are:
 
  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Accelerated use of renewable energy.
  • Lower energy bills for residents and small businesses.
  • Retain ConEd or NYSEG for reliable power delivery and service.
  • Big impact with little or no effort by consumers
  • 5 million customers nation-wide already use Community Choice.
For more details about Community Choice, please visit the Community Choice (CCA) FAQs on Sustainable Westchester’s Website. 

Please feel free to call us with any questions about Community Choice or the upcoming Environmental Leaders Meeting. Email Midge Iorio or call her at 914-620-2411.
 
 
 
                                    
 
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