New Castle residents and businesses have reduced greenhouse emissions by 16,700 tons annually!
June 2022 update: Westchester Power’s fixed-price contract expires July 1 2022 and is not being renewed at this time due to volatile electricity prices. Westchester Power expects to enter into new fixed-price contracts in Fall 2022 once it is able to implement certain changes to increase competition and improve pricing. In the interim, participants will be automatically transferred to ConEd’s variable rate supply. Expect to see higher and more volatile monthly electricity bills during this time. Residents and businesses need not take any action at this time. See more details below.
Westchester Community Choice Aggregation Program
The Westchester Power program allows New Castle’s residents and businesses to pool their electrical demand along with residents and businesses from 26 other Westchester municipalities to negotiate electricity purchases in bulk under long-term contracts, thereby providing 100% renewable electricity at fixed pricing and lower costs compared to other energy service companies (“ESCOs”) and sometimes even compared to variable-priced ConEdison supply.
- In 2016, New Castle was the first municipality in New York State to select 100% renewable power as its default electricity supply.
- The program has 4,364 customers in New Castle (~ 77% participation rate), with almost 99% using the 100% renewable option.
- The program has reduced CO2 emissions in New Castle by over 16,700 metric tons annually (more than 25% of New Castle’s 2011 Climate Initiative commitment to reduce 60,000 tons per year)
- Geopolitical events such as the Ukraine war have caused upheaval in the global energy markets. While most evident in gasoline prices, the market price for the supply of electricity has also increased significantly.
- Most of us in New Castle have not experienced these market price increases so far because we participate in the WP Community Choice Aggregation program, which has locked in our electricity supply prices at attractive terms (as an additional benefit, for the vast majority the electricity supplied has been renewable). However, WP’s contract for electricity supply ends on July 1, 2022 and WP has chosen not to lock in record-high fixed rate prices through a new contract at this time.
- Instead, all WP participants will be temporarily transferred to the default ConEd variable rate supply. Our electricity delivery will continue to be ConEd’s responsibility, as it always has been. There will be no stoppage of electricity.
- WP is taking steps now to increase the pool of qualified electricity suppliers, thereby increasing competition to help lock in more favorable rates for our residents and businesses starting in fall 2022. If the current electricity price volatility turns out to be temporary and eases by the fall, this could help us lock in those more favorable conditions. In the meantime, expect higher electricity bills and significant month-to-month volatility.
- You do not need to take any action at this time. All current WP participants that do not actively sign up with another energy supply company (ESCO) and wait out this current volatility will be automatically transferred back into the fixed rates (for renewable or standard electricity as per your current selection) once a new contract is signed.
- Click here to view a copy of the June 2022 letter mailed out by Sustainable Westchester (the administrator of the Westchester Power program).
- Click here to view certain tips to lower your electricity bill.
- Click here to view Frequently Asked Questions prepared by the New Castle Sustainability Advisory Board.
- Click here to access the Westchester Power website.
- Sustainable Westchester is organizing six information sessions between June 15th and June 27th (all at 7PM) via Zoom. While the event on June 22nd is catered to New Castle residents, you may attend any of the events here.
- If you have additional questions, you can send them to SAB@mynewcastle.org.