WPCNR COMMON COUNCIL CHRONICLE-EXAMINER. October 5, 2015:
The Common Council plans the establishment of a city Community Choice Aggregation Energy Program legislation that will also select via the consent agenda the independent firm that will analyze opportunities and possibilities that a new Transit Center should strive to incorporate.
According to the agenda “backup material,” the hearing on the Community Choice Energy progam presents the choice to designate Sustainable Westchester to “work together to implement the CCA Program.” The City, according to the backup material, “involves the aggregationing of the electric and/or natural gas supply of its residents and the entering into a contract with one or more Suppliers for supply and services…but will negotiate with Suppliers on behalf of participating residential and small commercial customers (in the city).”
Sustainable Westchester “shall issue one or more requests for proposals to Suppliers to provide energy to participants and may then award a contract in accordance with the CCA program.”
The city or Sustainable will “notify (White Plains) bundled customers of the contract terms and their (the customers’) opportunity to opt out of the CCA Program.” Each customer in White Plains will have 20 days to refuse (opt out) of the new CCA Program and stay with their current supplier.
In a letter from Mayor Thomas Roach accompanying the legislation in the “backup material,” the Mayor “guarantees”
“Participation in the Sustainable Westchester program us contingent on the following:
1.) The default price is guaranteed to be consistently less than the average utility price for the same commodity, or
2.) the default price is fixed at a level that is less than the average utility price for the same commodity, for the same customer class, over the preceding twelve month period; or
3.) the default price is at first set at a level that is less than the average utility price for electricity, for the same customer class, over the preceding twelve month period, and only floats upward (Editor’s italics)by less than 25% of the price increases implemented by the utilities.
WPCNR NOTES it is unclear (in the backup agenda) whether utility price is the price per kilowatthour.