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Climate Smart Communities Webinar: Micro-grids and Community Choice Aggregation

October 27, 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 10:30 a.m. – Noon


What if communities could design energy policy according to their own priorities, providing local choice and local benefit….all without placing financial demands on municipalities or taxpayers? This is true today in many states where communities have designed strategies to save residents money on energy costs, while financing renewable generation, creating more reliable electricity grids, and earning residents’ money in demand management markets.


This second webinar in our two part community energy options series will introduce innovative models for energy purchase and management that are being explored nationally, internationally and, now, locally. Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), allows municipalities to pool the purchasing power of their residents and businesses, enabling alternative energy purchase as well as innovative financing mechanisms for efficiency and renewable supply. Micro-grids have the power to create unified and optimized grid assets from the disparate resources at the “edge of the grid.” In so doing, micro-grids provide superior information, control and value to grid operators and communities alike.


The webinar will be accessible to anyone via an Internet connection and telephone. Webinar participants must use the telephone call-in number; no audio signal will be transmitted over the Internet. To join the webinar, go to, click the “Join a meeting” button and enter Conference ID 58089 in the “Meeting Login” screen. On your telephone, dial 1-866-394-2346 and enter conference call code 1982360347# when prompted.


Please respond with both your name and community affiliation via either e-mail or telephone to the Office of Climate Change at or 518-402-8323. In the event that we have to cancel or postpone this webinar respondents will be notified.

Information on the Climate Smart Communities program is available at .


Office of Climate Change
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway, 9th Floor
Albany, New York 12233
Phone: (518) 402-8448

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