Customers are now receiving a “New York Environmental Disclosure” report in the mail from Constellation. Those municipalities/customers who are in the Westchester Power renewable energy supply option are understandably wondering why the “fuel sources” chart does not reflect their purchase of green power. This is due to the fact that our supply is greened by the purchase of national Green-E Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and the NY State reporting regime currently does not record these. As a result we see only the underlying grid mix in the disclosure report.
The apparent disconnect with the NYS report notwithstanding, your participation in our 100% Wind product has resulted in the purchase of RECs from renewable energy generators and is a significant step in moving us away from unsustainable fossil fuels. You have separately received the “2016 Wind Power Benefit Report” which certifies that each kWh of power supplied was matched with the equivalent in wind power RECs. We would have preferred the full context be set out in the disclosure report cover letter , but this automated report went out from Constellation without us having a chance to make such recommendation. We apologize for any confusion this has caused.
Sustainable Westchester is committed to facilitating the move to local clean, renewable energy. This launch of the first Community Choice Aggregation program in NY State moved 70,000 people into a supply which was matched completely with National Wind RECs (at a price lower than the utility’s previous 12 month average). This was a huge step forward. At contract renewal time we will review our supply options, and that may include other types of renewable energy certificate coverage.
In addition we’re also working on developing local supply options as well, including what looks like may be our first community solar project contracting in the next few weeks. As these projects are added to the portfolio, Westchester Power customers will have the ability to opt in to local solar supply that helps build Westchester’s economy and reduces our greenhouse gas footprint.
Program Director, Westchester Power