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From the WatchCroton mailbag

May 27, 2017
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From an earlier edition of The Gazette, reprinted with permission:

May 7, 2017

Dear Editor,

I have been interested in, and an advocate for, the Community Choice Aggregation program (the CCA) since I first heard it discussed at a Village Board meeting in January of 2016. By aggregating consumers on a large scale, CCA programs provide municipalities with access to the wholesale power market and the ability to control the supply source, mix, and price. It didn’t take long for me to realize that the CCA was a wonderful opportunity for Croton residents to both lower their electric rates and to get their electricity from sustainable energy sources rather than fossil fuels. In total 20 Westchester County municipalities signed on to the CCA, but the Croton United majority on the Village Board voted not to participate.

A few months ago, it appeared that Croton would have another opportunity to join the CCA ahead of the next round in late 2018. But again, that opportunity was not, and is not, being pursued. Regardless of their past performance, I am still hoping that the Croton United majority on the Village Board will change their minds, and I am wondering whether the following information will help them to do that. According to Westchester Power, in March 2017, customers in the 20 municipalities that aggregated are receiving electric power at a lower price than Con Edison customers without CCA affiliation. The lower rates are for both the Basic option and the Green option (electricity coming from renewable sources). And, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the United States residential electricity price is expected to rise this summer, saving even more money for CCA municipalities.

I urge the Village Board to once again consider pursuing the CCA for Croton. I believe it is the best option for Con Edison ratepayers and the best option for our shared environment.

Sincerely, Sherry Horowitz

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