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We’re happy to announce that the Town of Greenburgh and our neighboring communities will be renewing our participation in Sustainable Westchester’s Westchester Power (WP) program (you can opt out if you don't approve).
January 2021 update: our participation in Sustainable Westchester's green power ESCO (you can opt out if you don't approve)
We’re happy to announce that the Town of Greenburgh and our neighboring communities will be renewing our participation in Sustainable Westchester’s Westchester Power (WP) program. The program has been providing residents and small businesses a clean electricity supply choice since 2016 and has mitigated over 660,000 tons of greenhouse gases. The program provides competitive fixed price electric supply and easy access to NY sourced sustainable, renewable energy.
Sustainable Westchester administered a competitive bidding process among registered New York energy suppliers and on September 30 awarded Constellation New Energy the electricity supply contract for January 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022. The default supply for the Town of Greenburgh will be the 100% renewable energy option the program offers.
In the next few days, you will be receiving a renewal notification letter (Click to view the letter) with all program details including instructions on opting out of the program. To stay in the program, you need take no action - you will be automatically enrolled in the program on your first meter read day starting January 1.
The program is very different from standard ESCO offerings - you are never locked in to your choice and you can change supply options, opt-out, or opt back into the program without any costs or penalties at any time. To do so, please visit www.sustainablewestchester.org/wp or call their offices at 914-242-4725.
Please visit the CONED renewal page to learn more about the renewal and the Westchester Power program: https://sustainablewestchester.org/thank-you-neighbors-westchester-power-is-renewing-for-2021-in-the-con-ed-utility-area/, including:
“How to Read Your Bill” (in both English and Spanish),
FAQs and more , which can be found here (in English and Spanish).
Current rates and historical comparisons can be found here
2. Additional reference information. The above mentioned CONED renewal web page contains the following resources, all of which we have attached to this mail for your reference:
Notification Letter Package: Customers who are currently enrolled in the program will be receiving a letter package with the attached notification letter, a program opt-out card, which is a postage-paid opt-out card, and a FAQ document. All of these documents will be enclosed in an envelope (sample attached) that has the municipality seal on its face. Residents fill it and drop it in the mail to opt-out of the program, within the opt out period, November 15th to December 15th.
Westchester Power Executive Summary: This document is a topline, high-level overview of the program, with an emphasis on program benefits and enrollment information. You might consider using this to outline key aspects of the program in communication with residents or at community meetings.
Resident FAQ: This document reflects frequently asked questions and provides further detail including background on Sustainable Westchester, the environmental impact of the program, enrollment details, benefits, and what to expect. Importantly, it includes a reference to the great opportunity for guaranteed savings by signing up for Community Solar.
3. Suggested social media postings. To help residents learn more about the notification letter and our program, we also have put together the following, which you can post on your networks:
Notification Letter Alert Message: You could share this posting on your website or community email or newsletter that explains and alerts residents to the renewal notification letter residents will be receiving in a few days. We have attached that here, for your reference, again.
Notification Letter Alert Social Media Graphic: You can easily grab & post this graphic to remind residents of the notification letter has been mailed out.
12/03 Information Session Social Graphic: To help residents learn more and have the opportunity to ask specific questions, we are conducting a CONED Westchester Power information session on 12/03 at 5:30 PM. Please post the attached social media graphic on your networks and include this link on the caption Register Here.
4. Municipal Staff Reference Material. We always encourage municipalities to pass Westchester Power inquiries over to us; however, it helps the dialogue if staff can speak briefly to the program basics. To this end, we have created materials that we hope you might share with your front line staff:
Westchester Power Executive Summary: See above.
Municipal Staff Q&A: The Staff Q&A provides a script for basic questions a staff member might encounter.