Dear Rochester City Council,
I can no longer be silent about the very real threat that climate change poses to our children’s and grandchildren’s future. I am driven by a sense of urgency to protect our children from the foreseen and unforeseen consequences of climate change. The only way to truly make a change is to swiftly transition away from fossil fuels to conservation, efficiency, and clean and renewable energy sources. By switching to clean and renewable energy sources, we are also driving the demand for investment in renewable energy infrastructure in New York State.
One way to transition off of fossil fuels and onto renewable energy is to utilize Community Choice Aggregation (CCA). A state rule passed by the Public Service Commission in April, 2016 allows municipalities to aggregate all the energy demands of their residents and small businesses in order to procure lower energy rates and longer-term fixed contracts. It is similar to a buying club for energy but can be used to achieve other goals as well. For example, it can be used as a mechanism to generate more renewable energy, more locally generated energy, and lower fixed rates.
Community Choice Aggregation is a Home Rule issue and each municipality must decide for itself whether or not to participate. Passing a local law enables the municipalities to participate in the CCA process but does not require a commitment to participate until after an energy contract is procured.
As a strategy listed in the Climate Action Plan, I encourage the members of Rochester City Council to learn more about CCA and consider passing a local law to enable participation in the CCA process.
Thank for you consideration,
The undersigned residents of Rochester