About the Pause in Service

PAUSE IN SERVICE: Extreme volatility in electricity prices has presented challenges to securing a supply contract that provides the value and stability to participants that the program has delivered these last 6 years. While we continue to work for a new contract, the timing is now such that participants will experience a pause in program supply at the end of this current contract.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT: Starting in July, you will be transitioned into the Con Edison default electricity supply and be billed for electricity at their variable rate. You will:

  • Receive a notification card from Con Edison in June regarding your impending switch over to their supply
  • Starting in your July billing cycle, you will receive Con Edison’s electrical supply and be billed at their monthly rates with no interruption of service, receiving your first bill under that supply in late July/August
  • Ahead of the restart of Westchester Power supply, you will be notified through the mail regarding the new contract terms and have the opportunity to opt out or change supply options should you wish before automatically re-enrolling

This change DOES NOT APPLY to Yonkers residents. The following ConEdison territory municipalities that participate in the program are affected: Ardsley Village, Bedford Town (ConEdison service only), Croton Village, Dobbs Ferry, Greenburgh Town, Hastings Village, Irvington Village, Larchmont Village, Mamaroneck Town, Mamaroneck Village, Mount Kisco Village, New Castle Town, New Rochelle City, Ossining Town, Ossining Village, Peekskill City, Pelham Village, Pleasantville Village, Rye Brook Village, Rye City, Sleepy Hollow Village, Tarrytown Village, Tuckahoe Village, White Plains City.


KEEPING YOU UPDATED: While we do not yet know the date the electricity supply will restart in your area or what the new rates will be, you will be notified ahead of that resumption once that is established, and we will post updates at www.sustainablewestchester.org/wp/conedterritory 

CONTINUED COMMITMENT TO OUR WORK: While the decision to pause the electricity supply offering of the program is a disappointing step in our journey toward building a healthy and sustainable Westchester County, we are resolute in our dedication to this mission. The various other programs of Sustainable Westchester (e.g. Grid Rewards) will continue through this pause and beyond, continuing to provide savings and environmental benefits for residents.

Commitment To Clean Energy

Since 2016, the Westchester Power Community Energy program has helped municipalities in Westchester County leverage the collective power of its residents to control costs and provide insurance against fluctuations in electricity supply through competitively priced and fixed-rate bulk purchasing, while also leading the transition to renewable energy in the state through Westchester Power’s 100% Renewable energy as the primary product subscription of most participants.

In 6 years of operation, Westchester residents and businesses have mitigated the emission of about 1,100,000 metric tons of CO2 through their decision to support renewable energy via Westchester Power. This is equivalent to taking roughly 293,000 cars off the road for one year.

Westchester Power Electricity Supply Service Basics

  • Westchester Power is a program that allows local governments to procure electricity, gas, and other services on behalf of their residents and small businesses
  • This is only an electricity SUPPLY offering. Participants are still customers of their utility company who continue to be responsible for energy distribution, infrastructure maintenance, and billing of customers
  • Westchester Power hosts auctions among qualified Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) and awards supply contracts through this competitive bidding process
  • Enrollment is on an “opt-out” basis- you receive a notification letter with all the program details, and are enrolled unless you say you do not want to be. Participants can exit (or change supply option http://sustainablewestchester.org/wp/energy-choices/) at any time with no fee
  • By joining together through this shared service, communities maximize their leverage to secure competitive rates with energy suppliers and choose greener power sources
  • Westchester Power is a trailblazing program for NY State in bringing 100% renewable energy supply at scale to communities and leading the clean energy transition

Community Outreach

Information coming soon!

A Community
Energy Platform

The large scale of the program enables us to attract new opportunities for increased environmental impact and potential savings. These include:

Westchester Power Solar Credit offering – Sustainable Westchester is preparing to launch an exciting, new Solar Credit offering within the Westchester Power program in late 2022. The Solar Credit offering provides guaranteed savings to participating households and small businesses. The offering will prioritize the delivery of the Solar Credit savings to those enrolled in the existing utility’s low-income assistance program.

Demand Response – Previously available only to large commercial businesses, Sustainable Westchester has collaborated with a technology firm, Logical Buildings, to pilot demand response for residential customers. By cutting usage during a few peak hours of the year, ConEd can avoid switching on the dirtiest “Peaker Plants,” and will pay you money for that. Learn more about the GridRewards program here.

Let’s Talk About Clean Energy

Why clean energy? By now, everyone has heard of climate change, but it’s not always easy to make the connection to our daily lives. Our energy choices are, however, linked to many of the most serious challenges that we face these days, as well as the question of what kind of future we leave our children.

Most of our electricity is still generated by burning fossil fuels which release greenhouse gases into our atmosphere. This has contributed to our environment’s degradation, increasing temperatures, and local effects such as more frequent higher intensity storms and changes in seasonal patterns. Here’s a short video about the greenhouse effect which is responsible for this problem.

Solar, wind, and hydropower are emissions-free sources of energy. New York State has an aggressive plan to switch over to these clean energy sources and away from fossil fuels. Westchester communities have taken the lead in these efforts, and now dozens of NY communities have followed with similar programs.

Clean Energy Implications
for Westchester County

Our communities need to move away from fossil fuel-powered electricity quickly to help mitigate the challenges associated with climate change. A transformation towards clean-powered electricity is entirely possible.

Westchester Power communities can help accelerate this transition by promoting the generation of clean energy, as well as sending signals to electricity generators, investors, and governments that we place a high priority on ensuring a sustainable and healthy future.

Our energy choices and COVID 19

Studies are showing that areas with higher levels of pollution see worse outcomes from COVID 19. Many observers have pointed out the similarities in the challenges since both require collective, long-term action to solve.

Sea Level Rise

Over the past century, the Hudson has risen about a foot due to global warming (see this Scenic Hudson article), threatening households and habitats. This map shows how the Yonkers waterfront may fare over this century. We can reduce the impact and costs by taking strong action to reverse the growth of greenhouse gases.

Temperature Rise & Disparate Impacts

By the year 2100, on our current trajectory, New York starts to look more like Florida (Climate Central):

But like so many of the effects of global warming, the impact can vary greatly. Groundwork Hudson Valley has done amazing work to go one step further and show how the practice of Redlining has amplified the environmental justice aspect of the problem through the creation of “heat islands” [read more here]:

More resources about local climate change impacts