CLP this evening presented, “Exploring Community Choice Aggregation in Ulster County: A Forum for Municipal Officials,” at the Rondout Municipal Center. The forum, which was widely attended by local officials from around the county, was kicked off by welcoming remarks from Rochester Town Supervisor Carl Chipman (also President, Ulster County Association of Town Supervisors and Village Mayors), and included presentations by Paul Fenn (Local Power Inc.), Jessica Barry (CLP Co-Director), and Jen Metzger (CLP Co-Director and Rosendale Town Councilwoman). The presentations generated a lively discussion, and local leaders expressed great interest in developing a CCA in Ulster County.
The evening before, on Jan. 28, CLP held a public forum with the same speakers at Kingston City Hall, co-sponsored by Catskill Mountainkeeper, New Paltz Climate Action Coalition, and Frack Action. Entitled, “Taking Control of Our Energy Supply through Community Choice Aggregation,” the forum was attended by over 150 people, demonstrating widespread support for local control over energy decision-making and a more resilient, locally-based clean energy economy, more generally.