This week history was made in Westchester County.
11 Westchester municipalities voted to adopt an electric power source for residents and small businesses that relies on 100% renewable energy: solar, wind and hydro with no fossil fuels and no nuclear power. This decision is the most significant step our local communities have taken in meeting the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
This opportunity is the result of the Westchester Community Choice Aggregation program, "Westchester CCA", a New York State pilot that enables participating municipalities to choose where they source their energy demand from and save money by negotiating bulk pricing for their supply. To date, 11 of the 20 municipalities participating the Westchester CCA program have made the 100% renewable energy choice, including: Bedford, Hastings, Larchmont, Mamaroneck Town, Mamaroneck Village, New Castle, New Rochelle, Ossining Town, Ossining Village, Tarrytown and White Plains.
We applaud these municipalities for making a choice that benefits Westchester County by reducing the use of fossil fuels and providing long-term economic opportunity:
- Choosing the 100% renewable option will help meet our environmental goals at a lower cost than the current cost of electricity.
By increasing demand for renewable energy, we create strong incentives for electricity providers to expand renewable energy infrastructure and production – an outcome that could drive down costs even more for Bedford citizens.
- Choosing the 100% renewable option supports the development of a renewable energy infrastructure, featuring solar and wind power, that will reinforce the resiliency of our local economy and create a local and regional source of jobs and economic activity.
The Westchester CCA program is launching at the end of March. More details to follow over the next few days.
Congratulations, Westchester for making this momentous choice for 100% renewable energy!
-- Bedford 2020