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Clean Energy Program
Posted on 03/30/2021
Clean Energy ProgramCLEAN ENERGY PROGRAM

(updated May 6, 2021) - GET THE FACTS ABOUT CLARKSTOWN’S CLEAN ENERGY PROGRAM: Online Office Hours

May 19th and May 26th

Did you receive a packet of information recently about Clarkstown’s new clean energy program?  Join our online Info Session to learn more and get answers to your questions.

Clarkstown is proud to be among the founding members, along with five other Rockland municipalities, of a collaborative municipal energy program called Rockland Community Power. This program brings 100% renewable energy to our community at guaranteed, low rates, while also strengthening consumer protection. 

Wednesday, May 19, 1-2 pm and 6 – 7 pm 

Join online at: https://tinyurl.com/vdexvmxa 

Meeting number: 142 608 0427 

Password: rcpinfo3  

 Or call: 1-415-655-0001 

Access code: 142 608 0427 

and 

Wednesday, May 26, 1-2 pm & 6-7 pm 

Join online at: https://tinyurl.com/yv6wf3hn 

Meeting number: 142 679 6433 

Password: rcpinfo4  

Or call: 1-415-655-0001  

Access code: 142 679 6433 


What is Rockland Community Power?

Rockland Community Power is a Community Choice Aggregation program, a buying group through which Clarkstown residents and small businesses can purchase electricity sourced 100% by clean energy.  New York State promotes Community Choice Aggregation programs in order to foster the growth of clean energy, lower costs, and strengthen consumer protection. 

Rockland Community Power includes six communities: Clarkstown, Orangetown, and the villages of Haverstraw, Nyack, South Nyack, and Upper Nyack.  Through this program, 20,000 Rockland households transitioned this winter to clean energy.

Why is Clarkstown participating in the Rockland Community Power program?

Clarkstown has long been an environmental leader among communities in Rockland County.  Now, along with five other municipalities, our community is leading the way to a greener energy future. New York State has set ambitious goals to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.  The Rockland Community Power program helps us take one big step toward meeting those goals and reducing our carbon footprint as a community, while also keeping costs low.

The benefits of the Rockland community Power program include:

  • 100% renewable energy
  • Low, guaranteed rates for electricity
  • Consumer protection from predatory suppliers
  • More choice for individual consumers

 

Why am I receiving a mailing about this program?

In the next few days, you may receive a mailing about this program from the town.  If so, you most likely either moved recently into the community – or you were previously in a contract with a third-party supplier that expired or is no longer valid in NYS.  The packet you receive from the town contains information about the program.  If you do nothing, you will transition in 30 days to the town energy program.  If you prefer to opt out, you can simply sign and date the reply card to indicate your choice and return it in the postage paid envelope or you can call the helpline during business hours at 845 859-9099 option 1.  You can also find information or opt out at www.RocklandCommunityPower.com.

To get answers to your questions, you can attend any of our four virtual “office hours” to speak with the Community Coordinator.  You can also reach the Community Coordinator at Peggy@JouleCommunityPower.com

Can I opt out?

Yes, you can always opt out of the program easily at any time and with no fee.  There is also no contract to sign in the basic electric supply portion of the program.  If you do nothing, you will be automatically transferred to the default community renewable energy program, which will start in July.

Can I participate if I am not an O & R supply customer? 

If you purchase your electricity supply from an alternative energy supplier and wish to participate in the CCA program, you will need to take a few simple steps if you wish to enroll. We recommend that you first check your supply contract or contact your supplier to determine whether you'll be subject to an exit fee.  If you would like to participate in the Rockland Community Power program, you will need to contact your current supplier to cancel your account – and then call the program hotline to enroll.  See below. 

Can I participate if I previously opted out or if I never received a packet?

Yes, you can always opt out or in at any time during the two-year life of the program.  For more information, call the program helpline or email the Community Coordinator. 

For more information or to enroll or opt out, call (845) 859-9099 option 1.  You can also enroll or opt out on the website at www.RocklandCommunityPower.com.

What is Rockland Community Power?
Rockland Community Power is a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program, a buying group through which Clarkstown residents and small businesses can purchase electricity sourced by clean energy. New York State promotes CCA in order to foster the growth of clean energy, lower costs, and strengthen consumer protection.

Rockland Community Power will include six communities: Clarkstown, Orangetown, and the villages of Haverstraw, Nyack, South Nyack, and Upper Nyack. This program offers the opportunity to transition to clean energy, helping to ensure cleaner air and a safer environment for our families, while also reducing costs.
Why is Clarkstown participating in the Rockland Community Power program?
Clarkstown has long been an environmental leader among communities in Rockland County. Now, along with five other municipalities, our community is leading the way to a greener and cheaper energy future. New York State has set ambitious goals to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) helps us take one big step toward meeting those goals and reducing our carbon footprint as a community, while also reducing costs.

The benefits of CCA include:

• Cost savings
• 100% renewable energy
• Consumer protection from predatory suppliers
• More community choice and more choice for individual consumers
Can I opt out?
Yes, you can always opt out of the program easily and at any time and with no penalty. If you are a current Orange & Rockland (O & R) customer, you should receive an official letter from your mayor early in October, welcoming you to the program. This letter will explain the program and will list your options. If you do nothing, you will be automatically transferred to the default community renewable energy program, which will start in November.
Can I participate if I am not an O & R supply customer?
If you purchase your electricity supply from an alternative energy supplier and wish to participate in the CCA program, you will not get the mailing and will need to take a few simple steps to enroll. We recommend that you first check your supply contract or contact your supplier to determine whether you'll be subject to an exit fee. If you would like to participate in the Rockland Community Power program, you will need to contact your current supplier to cancel your account – and then call the program hotline to enroll at (845) 859-9099.
When will the program launch?
You can expect a mailing this week from the town if you are an O & R supply customer. If not, you may call the number below if you want to participate. The program will launch in November.

For more information about Rockland Community Power or CCA, please visit www.RocklandCommunityPower.com or call (845) 859-9099. You can also contact your Community Coordinator at Peggy@JouleCommunityPower.com.

ROCKLAND COMMUNITY POWER UPDATE


Six Rockland municipalities - Clarkstown, Orangetown, and the Villages of Haverstraw, Nyack, South Nyack, and Upper Nyack - have founded a collaborative municipal energy program called Rockland Community Power. This program will make 100% renewable energy available to our community at lower cost, while also strengthening consumer protection.

In the midst of the pandemic and economic hard times, it’s good to have some ‘good news’ to share with our communities.

• We have created a program that makes renewable energy affordable to everyone.
• We project that together we will reduce our collective carbon footprint for all six communities by approximately 57,578 metric tons over two years. That's the equivalent of taking 12,439 cars off the road for one year.
• Together we are providing much stronger consumer protection through the program. By negotiating as a collaborative group, we are able to provide low fixed rates and help constituents avoid predatory contracts.

Click HERE for News 12 coverage from October 14.

Program launch: Residents who did not opt out by October 28 will be moved into the program in November. Anyone can leave the program any time with no exit fee, but it will now take one billing cycle to move back to Orange & Rockland.

‘Switch letters’ from O&R in November: If you received a letter about the program from the town and did not opt out, you can expect to receive a ‘switch letter’ from Orange & Rockland over the next few weeks. The ‘switch letter’ notifies you that you are being switched to Rockland Community Power. We hope that you will take advantage of this town program. To learn more, please visit www.RocklandCommunityPower.com or call 845 859-9099.

Rockland Community Power virtual “office hours”: Please “drop by” online or call to discuss your questions and concerns. We’re here to help you understand your electric bill and your new options through your town program.

Virtual Office Hours for November
Monday mornings, 11 am to 12 pm and Wednesdays evenings, 7 to 8:00 pm
Join online: https://jouleassetsinc.my.webex.com/meet/info
Join by phone: 1-415-655-0001
Access code: 126 801 1932

Helpline: The Rockland Community Power program helpline is also available to answer your questions and to help you better understand your options. You can reach helpline staff at 845 859-9099, Monday to Friday 9 to 5, or at info@RocklandCommunityPower.com. The helpline will remain active for the life of the program.

We are proud of what we’ve achieved so far and look forward to adding on more initiatives through this program. We'll continue to keep you updated.