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7:00pm [7:00pm] Community Choice Aggregation: Your Presence and Voice Urgently Needed For Clean
Community Choice Aggregation: Your Presence and Voice Urgently Needed For Clean Electricity March 14 This is the most urgent call to action we've ever put out to you. This is the time to Show Up in numbers. Watch this 3 minute video about our friend Paul Flansburg for some wonderful inspiration to "Show Up." What: Public Hearing on the passage of CCA legislation When: Wed. March 14, 7:00 pm Where: Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Ave, Rochester, NY 14618 Why: The Association of Towns and the Conference of Mayors have entered into an undisclosed agreement with a company whose CCA program does not make renewable energy a priority. More information: Learn more here: CCA info from NYS Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) RPCC's CCA Initiative Implementation plans submitted to the Public Service Commission One page comparison of 3 implementation plans As you may know, Rochester People's Climate Coalition and our partner, Joule Assets, have been working with municipalities across Monroe County and just beyond to educate and advocate for each to adopt Community Choice Aggregation (CCA). Our message has always been clear: "How CCA is implemented is more important than if CCA is implemented." The regulations established for Community Choice Aggregation by the Public Service Commission allow for the aggregation of demand, but do not require any renewable energy to be included in supply. CCA is an electricity procurement mechanism that aggregates the demand of many consumers-- such as all households and small businesses in the municipality-- to negotiate rates and other conditions of a bulk electricity purchase. RPCC views CCA as a tool to negotiate not only lower prices, but also renewable energy supply, local renewable energy generation, and efficiency and conservation mechanisms to reduce consumption. RPCC and Joule Assets, if chosen by a municipality to administer the program, would guarantee a renewable energy, climate-friendly implementation that also achieves reduced electric rates as compared to the average utility rate. In the last 2 years, as RPCC has educated municipal leaders about CCA, the Villages of Brockport and Lima and the Town of Geneva have passed the enabling legislation and designated Joule as the Administrator with their local partner as RPCC. The City of Rochester, and the Towns of Brighton, Pittsford and Irondequoit, among others, have expressed great interest in CCA, and we've been confident that internal hurdles would be cleared to enable adoption of renewable energy CCA programs there. However, with the announcement this month that the Association of Towns and the Conference of Mayors have entered into an undisclosed agreement with Good Energy to promote CCA, we are concerned that communities will be attracted to a program that does not make renewable energy a priority and does not create a path for the incorporation of local solar generation. With daily news reminders about the ever-quickening pace of climate change effects (Arctic melting, extreme and fluctuating temperatures, storms), it is imperative that large-scale climate change action be taken immediately. A climate-friendly CCA would create high demand for renewable energy while preserving affordable electricity rates. Why would a municipality NOT choose a renewable energy CCA? Join us at the Brighton Town Hall on March 14, at 7pm. The Town Board will be holding a public hearing on the passage of the enabling CCA legislation, and this may be our LAST opportunity to advocate for a clean energy transition. What happens in Brighton may well influence Irondequoit, Pittsford, and other municipalities. PLEASE SHOW UP and communicate your desire for a CCA program that puts the urgently needed transition to renewables at the core of the program. Watch this 3 minute video about our friend Paul Flansburg for some wonderful inspiration to "Show Up." We need your voices to say "Yes" to a CCA ONLY if it will lead to bold movement towards renewable energy, including local solar generation, and efficiency and conservation measures, while also guaranteeing savings for electricity customers. RPCC is a 501c3 organization, which allows RPCC to accept donations that are tax deductible for the donor! If you've been looking for a way to get involved in climate action, but don't have much time to spare, this could be the opportunity for you! Your donations are greatly appreciated! Use the Donate button above, or look for it on our website: About RPCC: Rochester People’s Climate Coalition addresses the urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the impacts of global warming. Together, we will create a more environmentally just and sustainable society for all. We will inspire and facilitate a large-scale climate mobilization in the Greater Rochester Region to identify and implement effective climate solutions that will achieve carbon neutrality by 2027.* Since our last newsletter, we're proud to welcome new member Rochester Electric Vehicle Accelerator. Are you an employee or congregant or member of an organization that is concerned about climate change? RPCC is seeking to grow our Coalition. Our 125+ members are a diverse group. We are a coalition of businesses, faith communities, nonprofits, educational institutions, municipal bodies, and others. Join the Coalition that has the power to make a difference on climate change in our region. Choose a person to represent your organization, and have them fill out the survey on our member's page. It's free. It's easy!