With environmental protections being rolled back at the federal level, now more than ever it’s clear that lasting change needs to come from the ground up. Combining research, education, advocacy, and project coordination, CLP supports community and municipal engagement in energy decision-making, transforming energy policy and practice to strengthen local economies, mitigate climate change and increase resilience. Given the increasing pace of global warming, 2018 was a busy year for us.
Finally, summer! The last months have been a tough slog, but we have good news to report on several fronts: a victory in the Central Hudson rate case, movement on Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), and a breakthrough in storage regulation. New threats include a planned “grid support project” that isn’t all it is cracked up to be, and needs to be opposed – indeed is being opposed by a strong coalition of Town of Ulster residents and environmental/energy activists.
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- Central Hudson Rate Case Victory Lowers Fixed Rates
- Lincoln Park Grid Support Center Project
- Ulster Green Business Challenge Lifts Off on June 27
- Storage breakthrough on Federal and State Rules (could be a game-changer)
- CCA (Working Group report, next steps to influence policy changes)
CLP has for several years been advocating for CCA “2.0” in New York—a version of CCA that harnesses the collective buying power and scale of communities to provide energy supply and services aligned with local needs and goals. However, after assessing the possibilities of working within the limits of the state’s regulatory framework, CLP has concluded that changes are needed in state policy and regulations for CCA to deliver meaningful long-term benefits to our communities.
CLP has compiled a list of recommendations and questions for elected officials and residents to ask if their municipality has been approached by these types of companies to join a CCA.
The PSC’s Order enabling CCA in New York, adopted in 2016, falls short in equipping communities with the tools to implement the 2.0 model. CLP has assessed the possibilities of working within the limits of the state’s regulatory framework and has concluded that changes are needed in the regulatory structure for CCA to deliver meaningful long-term benefits to our communities.