Working with local communities and partners on clean energy solutions
Progress to Date
Aggressive Renewable Energy Policies adopted at the State level
Successful Pilot Program in Westchester County — 100% renewable energy for 14 municipalities.
Replicate this success throughout Westchester and beyond
Through the Clean Power Partnership, Bedford 2020 is working with local communities in Westchester, the Hudson Valley, Long Island and statewide on clean energy solutions including Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), Microgrids, Shared Solar, Electric Vehicles and Advanced Battery Storage.
To get information for your community, to get involved or ask questions about Clean Power Partnership, contact our Executive Director, Midge Iorio at:
(914) 620-2411 or
MISSION AND CORE FUNCTIONS
The mission for Bedford 2020’s Clean Power Partnership program is to facilitate the adoption of Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) and other clean energy solutions in local communities statewide.
Having observed and worked with 20 different communities participating in the CCA adoption process, Bedford 2020 experienced our own “pilot” in grassroots education, engagement and consensus-building around CCA.
We have communicated/partnered with a range of community constituencies including elected officials, environmental leaders, sustainability groups, conservation organizations, water organizations, health organizations, garden clubs, religious entities, representatives from low-income constituencies, business leaders, investors and others.
Going forward, our focus is accelerating adoption of CCA and other clean energy solutions such as micro-grids, shared solar, electric vehicles and advanced battery storage in new communities:
- Education and Support: We tailor messaging, tools and support to the needs of the target audience, from citizens who are just starting to learn how the electric grid functions to sophisticated elected officials who are focused on the impact of a given clean energy program on their constituents and the local economy.
- User-Friendly, Targeted Messaging: The mechanics and benefits of CCA and other clean energy projects can be complex. Our focus is to make it as easy as possible to get information and take action.
- Tools and Resources: We offer CCA “how to” presentations, webinars, educational workshops, meetings, and web-based resources.
- Strategic Partnerships: In addition to communication and education about CCA and other clean energy solutions, we facilitate strategic partnerships to help drive adoption and implementation of these projects.
Why should I care about Community Choice Aggregation (CCA)?
CCA provides a 4-pronged array of benefits to local communities:
- Lower electric prices, price stability, local economic activity and jobs
- Fossil fuel reduction and rapid acceleration of renewable energy
- Individual choice of local electricity options in contrast to utility monopoly pricing
- Resilient power supply
What is CCA?
Community Choice Aggregation is a game changing energy program intended to accelerate the use of renewable energy; provide customer choice and lower costs for electricity customers.
The name is wonky but the concept is simple. Group purchasing to lower prices. Specifically, a group purchase of the energy that powers electricity. Before Community Choice Aggregation, consumers had little or no choice about their electricity supply. The utility contracted with a supplier and passed the cost on to the consumer. Community Choice Aggregation is a new system that allows local governments to offer an alternative to the utility. Municipalities contract for a bulk purchase of electricity on behalf of all consumers in that municipality and pass along the savings generated by a “bulk buy”. In other words, they pool (or aggregate) the electricity load in order to purchase power in bulk on behalf of their residents and small businesses.
Aggregating consumers on a large scale creates market clout. This market clout enables municipalities to negotiate lower, more stable rates with private suppliers and to pass the savings along to consumers. It also allows the municipality to negotiate an energy supply option that is 100% renewable — solar, wind and hydro — and no fossil fuels.
Opportunity is knocking!
- The New York State Public Service Commission decided to pilot CCA as a tool in meeting statewide clean energy goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, develop local renewable energy generation, and transition to a clean energy economy.
- This spring, New York State launched its first CCA program under the name Westchester Power, with 20 municipalities representing 110,000 participating customers. Fourteen of those municipalities, chose 100% renewable energy — solar wind and hydro, and no fossil fuels — as their default electric power supply.
- Twenty days after the Westchester CCA was launched, the New York State Public Service Commission authorized CCA expansion for the entire State.
- All eyes are on New York State’s aggressive CCA expansion and related clean energy goals as a model for the nation.
THE NEW FACE OF POWER
Our Clean Energy Future
To discuss “power” and “electricity”, the defining questions we must ask is “what do we want energy for and what is the least costly way of achieving it?”
Over the past 130 years, raw energy has been converted into electricity to enable communications, mass production, and the heat and light we often take for granted.
Today, as we confront a world of diminishing resources and mounting costs to the environment for the use of certain raw materials, such as coal, oil, gas and nuclear energy, we are transitioning to a world that is focused on energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.
Not only does clean energy rely on resources (sun, wind, water) that are not diminishing, these resources provide an opportunity to reconfigure the electricity grid, creating resiliency in the face of storms or external threats to the grid itself.
With respect to greenhouse gas emissions, if all electricity were generated from renewable sources, we could eliminate approximately 30% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. And if we transformed our transportation system to one that relied exclusively on electric vehicles (charged by renewable energy) as well as storage batteries that could convert renewable energy from intermittent energy to constant energy, we could eliminate 56% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Click here for EPA chart on U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Sector.
How CCA Advances Clean Energy Solutions
Community Choice Aggregation is a program that accelerates the use of renewable energy. It also creates market demand for local renewable energy generation and supplies.