As a result of this agreement, the City can choose an electricity supplier that offers lower electric rates with reduced price volatility through fixed rates and longer-term contracts. It also allows people to purchase their electricity from 100% renewable sources.
This move creates market pressure to increase the supply of clean energy and reduce the demand for carbon-producing fossil fuels. It accelerates our transition to renewable energy and encourages local renewable energy development thus creating jobs. The result is cost savings for residents and a more resilient city powered by clean energy.
Rochester Community Power is the City of Rochester’s local community choice aggregation (CCA) program. However, Rochester Gas & Electric will continue to deliver the electricity, maintain power lines, and respond to service outages. Customers will receive only one bill each month directly from RG&E, that will reflect the change in electricity supplier to Rochester Community Power. Through Rochester Community Power, the City of Rochester will continue to pursue clean energy goals in keeping with our community-wide Climate Action Plan goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 20% by 2020 and 40% by 2030 (from the 2010 baseline).
This City Choice Agreement is a high-impact action that will further strengthen our Clean Energy Community designation from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.