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New electricity purchasing program underway in Capital Region

WNYT Staff
Created: March 22, 2020 12:53 PM

Client Relationship Manager at Mega Energy, Katy Vescio spoke with NewsChannel13 via Skype to discuss their "Community Choice Aggregation," that 13 communities across the Capital Region are participating in. 

Mega Energy provided us with this information: 

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Community Choice Aggregation, or CCA, is an electricity purchasing program for residents and small businesses. CCA harnesses the buying power of thousands of individual households across several cities, towns, and villages. With many communities working together, we're able to obtain competitive rates and better contract terms and conditions.

 

What are the benefits of CCA?

  • By purchasing electricity as a large group and through a competitive bid process the CCA is able to get better electric rates for residents and small businesses
  • The CCA also offers price stability and budget certainty because there is a fixed rate for your electric supply during the contract period
  • Another important part of CCA is that it provides access to a 100% renewable ‘green’ electricity supply
  • And lastly, members of a CCA are protected from the predatory practices of some energy companies. People often don’t know if a company is reputable or if a contract is in their best interest. CCA does the shopping for you   using experts.

Which Capital Region communities are exploring CCA?

·  Cities of Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga Springs, Glens Falls and Watervliet

·  Towns of Bethlehem, Guilderland, Niskayuna, New Scotland

·  Villages of Altamont, Voorheesville, and Kinderhook. 

How do people participate in this program?

  • If your community chooses to participate in CCA, eligible residents and small businesses will be automatically included unless they choose to opt-out. There is no fee to opt out, and residents can make that choice once they see the pricing. The opt-out period will take place this summer.

How does your organization work with these communities?

·  The Municipal Electric and Gas Alliance is a non-profit that partners with municipalities to develop the CCA program. MEGA provides technical assistance to these communities, and we engage in education and outreach to help explain to residents how the program works.

  • Visit MEGACCA.org for more information, including some short videos about the program.
  • Follow us on social media @MEGAEnergyNY for resources and updates.


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