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Valatie, New York
Environment
7 November 2019 07:50PM
William Mancini

Come to Van Buren Hall, 6 Chatham Street in the Village of Kinderhook on Thursday November 14th and Wednesday December 18th at 7PM to learn more about the Capital Region communities exploring a residential bulk electricity buying program Community Choice Aggregation.

This program can offer better electricity rates, stable prices, access to renewables and consumer protections. Cities, Towns and Villages in Albany, Columbia, Saratoga, Schenectady and Warren counties are working together to explore Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), a new bulk electricity buying program for residents and small businesses. CCA localizes energy decision-making. Through bulk purchasing and competition, CCA can offer better electric rates, price stability and budget certainty. Additionally, it provides access to 100% renewable electricity and help combat predatory practices of energy telemarketers and door-to-door sales.

CCA is about choice. The Cities of Glens Falls, Saratoga Springs, and Watervliet, the Towns of Bethlehem, Guilderland, Knox, New Scotland and Niskayuna, and the Villages of Voorheesville and Kinderhook seek to offer their residents and small businesses additional electricity choices by participating in CCA.
CCA is an opt-out program which means all eligible customers are automatically included unless they opt-out. Residents will not be automatically included if they already purchase their electricity supply from a company other than National Grid or if they have a block on their account. Municipalities can customize their CCA program based on their values and priorities, such as choosing 100% renewable, “green” electricity. Residents and small business owners can learn more about CCA online and/or through a series of public education sessions offered in November and December. Education sessions are open to residents in all municipalities and residents are encouraged to bring their questions and electricity bills.

These ten municipalities have chosen the Municipal Electric and Gas Alliance (MEGA) to fulfill the role of CCA Administrator. MEGA will oversee the creation, development, and implementation of the program, and perform education and outreach to residents. No taxpayer or government funds will be used in the creation or operation of the program.

For more information, including an up-to-date listing of all meetings, visit: http://www.megacca.org.

Questions can be directed to 518.533.5399 or megaCCAteam@energynext.com.

MEGA, is a not-for-profit local development corporation with two decades of experience serving the energy needs of around 300 municipalities and other businesses across upstate New York. MEGA currently has an operational CCA Program of 21 municipalities in the Southern Tier.

For more information, contact:
Louise Gava, CCA Project Leader, 315.714.9695, lgava@megaenergy.org

Find out more about the program at http://www.MEGAcca.org or on Facebook and Twitter @MEGAEnergyNY

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