New Governor's budget unlocks some $1.4 billion in lower cost financing for clean energy projects across New York State
April 23, 2019 | PR Newswire
In an unheralded portion of the Executive Budget, state leaders significantly expanded the ability of The New York Power Authority (NYPA) to supply clean electricity to residents by allowing NYPA to finance new renewable generation projects for qualifying municipalities, far more inexpensively than has been developed to date.
Hudson Valley Community Power Launched to Develop Clean, Local Energy for Six Communities in the Hudson Valley
January 16, 2019 | PR Newswire
On Wednesday, January 16th, JouleCommunity Power (Joule) and Hudson Valley Energy launched Hudson Valley Community Power, a partnership to deploy a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA or "Community Choice") program in the Hudson Valley. Joint Community Choice education outreach has been ongoing in the region since 2017. The recent signing of Joule as Program Administrator by the City of Poughkeepsie has propelled the project into a development stage.
NEW COMMUNITY SOLAR PROJECT TO PROVIDE TOWN OF GENEVA RESIDENTS WITH CHEAPER ELECTRICITY
January 10, 2019 | PR Newswire
On December 23, 2018, the Town of Geneva and Joule Community Power announced the launch of Geneva Community Power, a new community solar project for NYSEG customers residing in, or in close proximity to, Geneva, NY. The program allows for those in the community to benefit from solar energy by spending less on electricity and supporting clean energy generation without owning or installing any equipment.
December 7, 2018 | PR Newswire
On Monday December 3rd, by a 7 to 2 vote, Poughkeepsie City Council authorized JouleCommunity to act as their program administrator for Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), in a precedent-setting Request for Proposal (RFP) review. Of the 70+ New York State municipalities that have passed local laws authorizing them to establish CCA, Poughkeepsie is the first to deploy a competitive, two-round process including a cross-departmental review, to select its CCA administrator.
CITY OF POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y., SELECTS JOULECOMMUNITY AS ADMINISTRATOR TO DRIVE COST-SAVINGSAND LOCAL CLEAN ENERGY DEVELOPMENT ON AN HISTORIC SCALE
March 19, 2018 | PR Newswire
On Thursday March 15, the Public Service Commission (PSC) decided Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) and Community Solar may be offered as a single program. With this unprecedented decision, Community Solar can become part of a community's default energy supply, delivering renewable energy and guaranteed energy bill savings.
New York Regulators Deliver a Big Win for Local Clean Energy
September 13, 2016 | Wall Street Journal
Automated systems can cut usage instantly to keep the grid in balance when supplies drop abruptly. Demand response—reducing electricity demand at certain times to keep the grid in balance—is coming of age. It’s increasingly playing in the big leagues of the power sector and helping reshape the electricity system.
As Renewable Energy Grows, So Does the Need to Manage Demand for Power
April 14, 2016 | Greentech Media
New York is not the first state to allow for community choice aggregation -- it's not even the second or third. But the design of Sustainable Westchester’s community choice aggregation program, Westchester Smart Power, has some features that could push the envelope nationwide as municipalities find ways to more nimbly invest in local, clean energy.
New York Towns Aim for Solar PPAs and Smart Thermostats Under Community Choice Aggregation
March 21, 2016 | Politico
In May, the group Sustainable Westchester will flip the switch on an experiment in buying power that has never been tested in New York State, but could prove to be a crucial element of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Reforming the Energy Vision plan.
A new power experiment for Westchester begins in May
March 18, 2016 | Clean Technica
Seventeen municipalities are involved in this pilot program, which has been described as “a transformative shift in the way we buy and use electricity.” Audrey Zibelman, Commissioner of the New York State Public Service Commission, said she has “great hopes for this as a critical pilot for the Reforming the Energy Vision.” This will be the first Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) pilot program under Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy.
Sustainable Westchester Leads New York Into CCA
March 9, 2016 | PR Newswire
Today, Sustainable Westchester and 17 of the 20 Westchester County municipalities that comprise Westchester Smart Power announced that they have selected the winner of a $150M contract bid that aims to transform the way we buy and use energy. ConEdison Solutions, the deregulated subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc., has been selected to provide electricity on behalf of 90,000 residential and small business customers throughout Westchester County.
New York State's First Community Choice Aggregation Program Moves Ahead as Sustainable Westchester and 17 Municipalities Award $150M Energy Contract to ConEdison
March 8, 2016 | Wall Street Journal
A group of 17 Westchester municipalities has signed an energy contract that is the first of its kind in New York state. Sustainable Westchester reached the two-year agreement with ConEdison Solutions to supply 90,000 homes and small businesses with electricity at a fixed rate generated from wind, solar, and hydro projects.
For Westchester Towns, A New Type of Energy ContracT
Replicable energy model: NY setting national precedent in community choice aggregation
December 2, 2015 | Smart Grid News
The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) has given Sustainable Westchester access to
a treasure trove of necessary data for the state's very first Community Choice Aggregation (CCA)
September 10, 2015 | The Hill
As natural disasters become more frequent and weather patterns less predictable, continuing to create and implement smart energy policies remains one of the best tools available to get to “benign outcomes.” One such policy that is quickly gaining purchase across the U.S. is Community Choice Aggregation (CCA). CCA is essentially an energy procurement model that enables communities to become the default power supplier in preference to the current default provider, which is usually the utility. This is a key step in the “think global, act local” movement and the next frontier seems inevitable: locally sourced energy.
Smart policy ushering in a new energy paradigm
August 8, 2015 | Microgrid Knowledge
Local energy is a term in search of a definition. Sometimes it’s a microgrids, sometimes community solar, sometimes a town or city buying its own power. Now in New York, a state exploring disruptive energy’s cutting edge, the three come together under a model being planned by Joule Assets and Good Energy.
The Triple Threat: Community Choice, Microgrids and Community Solar
State approves Westchester power experiment
February 27, 2015 | Politico
A group of energy advocates in Westchester scored a significant victory Thursday when the state Public Service Commission gave the green light for a contested plan to let towns and cities in the downstate county purchase their own power, bypassing a role utilities have played for decades.