City of Elmira, NY

04/10/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 04/10/2019 13:57

LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES WORK TOGETHER TO PURCHASE ELECTRICITY THROUGH COMMUNITY CHOICE AGGREGATION (CCA) PROGRAM

DATE: March 25, 2019

LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES WORK TOGETHER TO PURCHASE ELECTRICITY THROUGH COMMUNITY CHOICE AGGREGATION (CCA) PROGRAM

The City of Elmira, Town and Village of Horseheads and Village of Elmira Heights along with other municipalities in the region are offering lower, fixed price electricity to their residents and small businesses through a Community Choice Aggregation Program (CCA). The Municipal Electric and Gas Alliance (MEGA) brought together 21 municipalities to join in the bulk purchasing of the CCA Program, providing renewable energy choices, and price stability for many participants.

CCA Programs focus on the source of the electric supply while continuing to rely on the delivery service and physical infrastructure of the local electric utility (NYSEG). Through a competitive procurement process, MEGA awarded the supply contract to Constellation NewEnergy, Inc., a company with over a decade of experience serving CCA Programs.

The CCA will offer the residents of the City of Elmira and the Town of Horseheads a fully fixed price of $0.05092/kWh for 24 months, starting in July 2019. The CCA price is lower than NYSEG's average supply price for the previous year.

The CCA will offer the residents of the Village of Horseheads and the Village of Elmira Heights 100% renewable electricity at a fully fixed price of $0.05420/kWh for 24 months, starting in July 2019.

Those who are automatically eligible to participate in the CCA Program will receive a letter in mid-May. Upon receipt of this letter, those who do not wish to participate in the Program can opt-out via mail, phone or online. Participants are also able to leave the Program at any time during the 24 months without a penalty. Anyone can opt-up to receive 100% renewable electricity or opt-down into standard grid mix. In addition, residents and small businesses who have a supplier other than NYSEG can participate in the Program by opting-in. The CCA is compatible with budget billing, community solar and rooftop solar. Customers with day/night or time-of-use rates will not be automatically included in the Program.

Education sessions will be offered across the region during the months of April and May. The following sessions have been scheduled:

· Tuesday, April 9th 6pm-8pm: Village of Elmira Heights, 215 Elmwood Avenue, Elmira Heights· Wednesday, April 10th noon-1pm: Steele Memorial Library, 101 E. Church Street, Elmira· Thursday, April 11th 6pm-8pm: Elmira City Call Lobby, 317 E. Church Street, Elmira· Monday, May 6th 6pm-8pm: Town of Horseheads, 150 Wygant Road, Horseheads· XXX, XXX:Village of Horseheads, 202 S. Main Street, Horseheads

Evening sessions are two hours with presentations at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Please come at any time and feel free to bring your bill. More information can also be found online at www.megacca.organd questions can be directed to 518.533.5399 or [email protected]

The Municipal Electric and Gas Alliance, Inc. (MEGA), is a not-for-profit local development corporation based in Upstate New York, with two decades of successful energy aggregation programs for municipal facilities in more than 300 local jurisdictions.

Constellation NewEnergy, Inc. serves over 1.4 million residential customers with over 500,000 served through Community Choice Aggregation Programs. Services include electricity, natural gas, renewable energy, load response, energy management and energy efficiency.

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For more information, contact:

Louise Gava, CCA Project Leader, 315.714.9695, [email protected], www.megacca.org.