Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) Oversight Board

Virtual Meetings

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the moratorium on public gatherings, meetings are live streamed via the Albany Office of Sustainability Facebook page until further notice.

A meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. - Agenda

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

Initial Six Month Report

Overview

The Community Choice Aggregate (CCA) Oversight Board was established to oversee the implementation of the CCA Program, the CCA Administrator, CCA agreements, among other duties as outlined in City Code Chapter 153

Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) allows municipal residents to be automatically enrolled in a bulk electricity buying program which can lock in affordable rates for 100% clean energy for a predetermined amount of time. Residents have the option of opting out of the program for any reason, at any time, with no fees. The program is currently being managed by Municipal Electric and Gas Alliance (MEGA), and seeks to help 13 participating municipalities in the Capital District purchase renewable electricity in bulk while supporting NY’s clean energy production . CCA is one of the ten high impact action items in the NYSERDA Clean Energy Communities Program and is authorized by the NYS Public Service Commission (PSC).

A resolution (39.61.18R) to explore Albany's participation in a CCA was first introduced in June of 2018 and passed in September of 2019. On March 2nd, 2020, Local Law B of 2020 was adopted, beginning the process which led to signing a contract with the Municipal Electric and Gas Alliance (MEGA) to serve as Administrator and the appointment of the CCA Oversight Board to steer the process on the City’s behalf. Albany joined thirteen other municipalities to form a negotiating bloc of 90,000 households in the Capital District CCA (CDCCA).  Due to the pandemic and other factors that have impacted the energy market, the CCA Oversight Board as well as the other municipalities have paused the launch of the CCA while the best and most competitively-priced options for our residents are considered.

The CCA Oversight Board is comprised of 5 members, including two Common Council Members selected by the President Pro Tem, the Chair of the Sustainability Advisory Committee or his/her designee, the Chief Planning Official or his/her designee, and a Mayoral appointee who is a resident of the City of Albany.  Current members are:

Members

  • Cathy Fahey - Common Council Member
  • Alfredo Balarin - Common Council Member
  • Bradley Glass - Director, Department of Planning and Development
  • Tina Lieberman - Sustainability Advisory Committee Member
  • Jason West - City Energy Manager