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Community Choice Aggregation (CCA)
We're working in partnership with Renewable Highlands to create a local Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) district. What began as coffee one morning between neighbors discussing how to make our community more sustainable has led us to the verge of creating New York's second CCA in the mid-Hudson Valley. To date, the City of Beacon, Village of Cold Spring, Town of Philipstown and the Town of Fishkill have passed local laws authorizing the CCA to move forward, accounting for nearly 25,000 neighbors.
CCAs in New York State. In 2016, New York State joined six other states in the nation to authorize CCAs, allowing communities to pool homeowner and small business electricity accounts together to gain bargaining power in negotiating better energy supply agreements. The pilot Westchester County CCA worked, with 70,000 out of 110,000 customers switching over to a 100% renewable energy option while saving money!
Democratizing our energy. CCAs are about democratizing energy choice, giving communities the power to determine where their energy will come from. In addition, an innovative CCA contract can specify that the CCA supplier must buy locally produced renewable energy first, creating a market for local energy. With approximately 30% of America's greenhouse gas emissions coming from electricity generation, CCAs are truly a local solution to a global problem.
Learn more about establishing a CCA in your own community:
Renewable Highlands, Brochure
Renewable Highlands Frequently Asked Questions
Local Law Authorizing CCA, City of Beacon
NYS Public Service Commission CCA Authorization
Highlands Current, "Buying in Bulk" (January 15, 2017)
Wall Street Journal, "For Westchester Towns, a New Type of Energy Contract" (March 8, 2016)
We would also like to thank the Malcolm Gordon Charitable Fund for its generous support of this project.