Lower Electricity Bills Coming to Westchester

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Your electricity bills may soon be lower.

Sustainable Westchester has reached a two-year agreement with ConEdison Solutions to enable consumers in up to 20 Westchester towns (including Larchmont, Mamaroneck and New Rochelle) in its Smart Power Program to purchase clean energy at a fixed rated from wind, solar, and hydro projects. ( See full list of towns here.)

The agreement is the first of its kind in New York State, according to the Wall Street Journal, and will affect about 90,000 to 110,000 homes and businesses. SWLogo333x100

ConEdison Solutions will provide electricity generated from wind, solar and hydro projects, and will allow users to choose between 100 percent renewable energy, or a mix of renewable and traditional energy at a lower price.

According to the New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV), the municipal program “…. could further cut electricity costs for residents and businesses by up to $10 million annually.” Participating towns could implement the purchasing program as soon as May 1.

Three towns–Lewisboro, North Salem, and Somers, along with a fragment of Bedford– rely on NYSEG, and may soon be added to the program. Executive Director of Sustainable Westchester,  Leo Wiegman notes: “There are a couple of other towns, like Pound Ridge, that did not join, and they would have to go through the approval process. We could possibly go forward with a revised RFP that includes a larger number of customers.”

Sustainable Westchester was founded in December 2014 with a goal to turn environmental challenges into opportunities. It is “a consortium of Westchester County local governments (listed here) that facilitates effective sustainability initiatives, engages community stakeholders, and shares tools, resources, and incentives to create more healthy, vibrant and attractive communities, now and in the future.”

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