CLP's Jennifer Metzger discusses the benefits of Community Choice Aggregation for Hudson Valley citizens.
Metzger said CCA is the first step in creating demand for renewable energy providers to step up with local installations on a larger scale than simply house-by-house solar panels or wind turbines. It also gives citizens more control over their energy supply by decreasing dependence on behemoth power companies that can’t easily address local needs.
“The whole idea of local control over energy is powerful,” said Metzger. “There’s a hunger for a greater say in decision-making over where energy comes from. People can get a handle on costs and their unpredictability and the enormous potential of local economic benefits for local energy programs. There’s a process to create a CCA, and it won’t happen overnight.”