Community Choice Aggregation

A new Community Choice Aggregation programme aiming to reduce energy use and costs in municipal buildings in New York State has been launched.

The New York Municipal Energy programme (NYMEP) has been created by energy consultant Good Energy, the New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) and the Association of Towns of the State of New York (AOT).

Communities and municipal facilities have formed this energy buying group to purchases energy in bulk and therefore reduce associated costs.

Gerry Geist, AOT Executive Director, said: “The greatest benefit of the New York Municipal Energy Programme is the economy of scale.”

The programme is expected to reduce energy costs for facilities such as wastewater treatment plants, correctional facilities and municipally-owned buildings

Good Energy will negotiate with utilities and independent power producers to sell electricity and natural gas at a lower price to members of the NYMEP.

“The more communities that join, the better the pricing we can get,” added Geist.

Javier Barrios, Good Energy Managing Partner, said: “After months of development with NYCOM and AOT, we’re proud to open enrolment to New York municipalities throughout the state.”

Peter Baynes, Executive Director of NYCOM, also commented: “As community leaders, mayors are always looking for ways to save taxpayer money.

“The New York Municipal Energy Programme doesn’t cost municipalities any money to join and communities may quickly see significant savings.

“The energy market is a live, dynamic environment.

“Prices can change instantly. NYMEP provides price stability and optionality for a municipality and its residents.”

The launch of programme follows the authorisation of Community Choice Aggregation initiatives by the New York Public Service Commission in 2015.

Community Choice Aggregation have been introduced to help the state achieve its clean energy and efficiency goals set under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision programme.

New York is the seventh state in the country to allow Community Choice Aggregation.