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New CCA program covering six N.Y. communities is launched

Hudson Valley Community Power, a community choice aggregation (CCA) program, comprised of six communities in New York's Hudson Valley, has been launched.

The City of Beacon, Village of Cold Spring, Town of Fishkill, Town of Marbletown, Town of Philipstown, and City of Poughkeepsie formed, in partnership with Joule Community Power, Hudson Valley Community Power, “to provide residents and business with more affordable, locally sourced, and renewable energy,” a June 25 news release noted. Joule will serve as Program Administrator.

The Town of Red Hook and the Town and Village of New Paltz will join the program in September.

Hudson Valley Community Power will allow participating communities to leverage the collective buying power of residents and small businesses at large enough scale to help set the terms of how they buy electricity, the news release said.

The communities have selected 100% renewable electricity as their default electricity supply at a fixed and lower price that is less than they otherwise would pay for standard supply, according to the news release.

Eligible residents and small businesses will be automatically enrolled in the Hudson Valley Community Power CCA program but may opt out with no penalty. Investor-owned Central Hudson will remain responsible for delivery, repair, and billing services for all participants.

In early 2018, The New York Public Service Commission approved a community choice aggregation program allowing five municipalities in upstate New York to make bulk purchases of electricity and natural gas for their residents and small businesses.

That CCA program will serve the central New York villages of Fayetteville and Minoa, along with the Village of Coxsackie and the towns of Cairo and New Baltimore.

CCAs have also been formed in other states including California, where several public power utilities and entities are moving to provide services to CCAs.

Association offers new CCA program membership category

The American Public Power Association has initiated a new category of membership for community choice aggregation programs.