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Posted on: July 4, 2022

Community Choice Aggregation

As of June 15, 2022, Monroe Community Power and Gateway Community Power Customers were returned to the Rochester Gas & Electric (RG&E) default electricity supply service as a result of actions taken by the grid operator, the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO). Customers will no longer be served by the Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program, Monroe/Gateway Community Power. This Program is composed of residents and small businesses in the Town of Brighton, the City of Canandaigua and the Village of Victor. In returning to RG&E customers will also return to a variable electricity rate. The amount residents pay per kWh will change each month. The electricity will also no longer be 100% renewable.
 
Residents will not experience any interruption in service. However, the transition back to RG&E took place midway through most customer bill cycles. Customers may therefore receive one bill for the electricity used before the transition, the Community Power rate of $0.0492 /kWh (4.92 cents/kWh) and they may receive one bill for the electricity used after the transition, the June RG&E rate of around $0.08 /kWh (8 cents/kWh). This will ensure customers will maximize their savings from participation in the program. RG&E will be sending out letters and conducting automated calls to further inform participants of this shift.
 
Prior to the transfer, Participants have collectively saved in excess of $1.5 million through the program’s fixed electricity supply rate provided by Icon since program launch in January 2021. In addition to savings, the program’s 100% NYS renewable supply has significantly reduced the community’s carbon footprint and advanced the state’s clean energy goals. These benefits are due largely to the support of the municipal leaders pioneering this renewable electricity program in the region. While this phase of the program is ending 6-months earlier than expected, the Program Administrator Joule Assets is working with municipal leadership to offer new clean energy offerings in the near future.
 
The early return of participants to RG&E was due to Icon Energy (dba Source Power Company), defaulting on required payments to the grid operator, the NYISO. According to the NYISO website: ‘The NYISO, by correspondence dated June 9, 2022, declared Icon in default, (….) for failure to timely make a payment due to the NYISO. Icon remains in default under the NYISO’s tariffs.’
 
Icon has stated that the default is related to a billing and crediting issue with RG&E. Though Icon can no longer provide the low fixed-rate renewable electricity supply, Icon has stated that it intends to continue to operate their solar offering throughout the state.

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