New York has recently started the planning phase of a pilot program for its own version of community choice aggregation. What was initially a single demonstration community has expanded into a second proposal.
A group called Citizens for Local Power (CLP) has proposed a CCA for Ulster County’s current non-shopping customers. The proposal details every step of the process of procuring and managing bids for the three-year program, all on a budget of just under $800,000.
Most interesting in this aggregation is CLP’s focus on incorporating resources outside of traditional retail energy in trying to create an effective program.
A major focus is being placed on the development of distributed energy resources – everything from efficiency to energy storage to small-scale distributed generation. The goal here is to create a more sustainable power environment for the community through community effort and investment, as opposed to the more cost-focused approach espoused by many CCA programs.
CLP’s plan also includes their offering a 100% renewable option in addition to whatever standard rate plan they negotiate for their customer base. A spokesman for CLP cited the California CCA Sonoma Clean Power as an example of this type of rate structure.
Community choice aggregation is not just a way for community members to save money. It’s also a way for communities to provide large-scale support for green energy initiatives in a way that is affordable for the individual and actually makes an impact on the energy environment.
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