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Consolidated Edison announced that it has won a US$150m contract to run a community aggregation programme, that promises to provide electricity at low rates.Under the programme, Con Ed will provide electricity to approximately 90,000 residential and small business customers in Westchester County, New York.

The contract was awarded to Con Ed by Sustainable Westchester, a consortium of Westchester County local governments as well as 17 of the 20 Westchester County municipalities that comprise Westchester Smart Power.

The community aggregation programme will allow the 17 Westchester County municipalities to opt in for 100 percent renewable energy supply, through Green-e certificates.

Alternatively municipalities may opt for a slightly lower-priced energy supply that includes a standard mix of traditional and renewable energy sources, says Energy Manager Today.

The 20 municipalities in the county that make up Westchester Smart Power which is nonprofit, community-based bulk energy purchasing programme aimed at lowering costs and increasing the use of renewable energy in Westchester County.

Richard Kauffman, chairman of Energy and Finance for New York State said: “As the first community choice aggregation [program] in New York State, Westchester Smart Power holds the potential to transform how consumers purchase, use and choose the energy for their homes and businesses.”

Government-led community aggregation programme

Last year, Sustainable Westchester was selected by New York State to manage the first community choice aggregation pilot programme. The fell under New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy.

Energy Manager Today adds that community choice aggregation is available in six states in the US, including California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Ohio, New Jersey and Rhode Island and now New York will be the seventh.

Sustainable Westchester Co-Chair Mike Gordon, commented: “Westchester Smart Power will give consumers the opportunity to source clean power at more competitive rates. Unprecedented access to our consumption information and a commitment to buy together have been critical in enabling smarter, more informed and more powerful choices.

“As the program goes forward, consumers will also benefit from savings attributed to peak demand reductions, local renewable energy generation and energy efficiencies.”