June 01, 2020

MEDIA ALERT: City of Canandaigua Public Information Meeting About New Clean Energy Choices

Last November, the Canandaigua City Council decided to participate in a community choice aggregation (CCA) program in effort to leverage the collective buying power of city residents and small businesses to purchase of 100% renewable electricity at a cost less than the average default electricity supply cost over the previous 24 months. The City selected Joule Community Power, a division of Joule Assets, to serve as their program administrator. Joule and its Rochester-based partner, Roctricity, will host two public meetings for Canandaigua residents and small businesses. The first meeting, scheduled for June 2nd, will cover the opt out Gateway Community Power community choice program in detail and include an introduction of how subscribers will be able to save money on electricity by signing up for community solar, regardless of their participation in the CCA.  

Sue Hughes-Smith, a Roctricity principal, will explain how community choice and community solar programs work and host a Q&A session.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 7p

Zoom, Facebook Live or Finger Lakes TV

Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/97382936807
City of Canandaigua Facebook Live broadcast: https://www.facebook.com/cityofcanandaigua/
Finger Lakes Television Cable Channel 1304. 

The public will be able to ask questions on the Facebook Live broadcast. Subsequent to the meeting, the meeting  recording will be posted at  https://www.canandaiguanewyork.gov/.  

This is an opportunity for residents and resident businesses owners to learn about the options they will have as a result of the City Council’s decision to seek the purchase of 100% renewable electricity at a lower cost than they’ve historically paid for default supply.  For more information, please visit www.gatewaycommunitypower.com.

About Gateway Community Power
Gateway Community Power is a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program—comprising communities in New York’s Ontario County—that was formed in partnership with Joule Community Power. The program enables participating communities to pool local electricity demand in order to leverage the collective buying power of their residents and small businesses in effort to secure more favorable energy supply rates and designate renewable generation sources. The participating communities are the City of Canandaigua and the Village of Victor. To learn more, visit gatewaycommunitypower.com.

About Roctricity
An outgrowth of the Rochester People's Climate Coalition, Roctricity was formed to bring CCA to communities in the Genesee-Finger Lakes region. Roctricity seeks to provide the focus, agility, and transparency to the local CCA effort. Roctricty's four founding partners have been driving the effort to bring CCA to the Rochester area since 2016. With a wealth of expertise, they are uniquely suited to educate municipal leaders and the public regarding issues related to CCA policy and implementation. Roctricity is advocating for community acquisition of electricity that is 100% renewable, or carbon free, that is procured at prices lower than historical rates.

About Joule Community Power
Joule Community Power works with municipalities and local partners to empower communities and facilitate their goals of providing residents and businesses with cleaner and cheaper energy. With no upfront cost to a municipality or its residents, Joule’s first-of-kind, integrated Community Power program helps municipalities and consumers (1) save money by gaining leverage to procure less expensive electricity for residents and businesses, (2) make money by creating new revenue opportunities through participation in energy markets, and (3) go green by gaining local control to opt for clean and renewable generation sources. Joule's distinctive expertise in designing and implementing new consumer-protective energy supply contracts was instrumental in the creation of New York State’s first community choice aggregation (CCA) energy program.  Joule is the only company in NY State offering CCA administrative services with a Public Service Commission-approved implementation plan that integrates community solar projects; and only Joule has the expertise, relationships, and experience to effectively design, implement, and manage such a program. Joule’s innovative renewable energy strategy is driving new regulation and encouraging the NY State Public Service Commission to rapidly advance innovative solutions. Having created the blueprint to guide communities through a smooth and empowering decision process, Joule aims to scale its Community Power model across NY State and beyond. Joule also offers capacity tag management services to businesses wishing to reduce their electricity costs by strategically managing their energy consumption. Joule Community Power is a division of Joule Assets.