ROCHESTER COMMUNITY POWER

RCP logo FINALThe City of Rochester has authorized Rochester Community Power (RCP), a local Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program that that leverages the collective purchasing power of city residents to negotiate better terms for electricity supply and purchase renewable electricity for residents and small businesses. The City has selected Joule Community Power, a division of Joule Assets, as CCA Program Administrator and will be responsible for the implementation of the Rochester Community Power program. Joule has partnered with Roctricity, a local business, to spearhead community outreach and education, and to provide program support.

Starting in September 2021, participants will be able to power their homes and businesses with renewable electricity through the Rochester Community Power program. The fixed prices, stable for 24-months, will be $0.05800/kWh for residents and $0.05877/kWh for small commercial customers for 100% NYS renewable electricity. The added gross receipts tax (GRT) results in a total price of $0.05979 per kWh for residential customers and a total price of $0.06059 per kWh for small commercial customers. GRT is authorized by New York State law and applies to utility services provided to all customers in the City of Rochester regardless of energy provider.

The City of Rochester has chosen the 100% Renewable option as the default. Your electricity supply is matched by Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) provided by New York State renewable power plants (hydropower, wind, solar). Eligible residents and small businesses will be automatically enrolled in the 100% Renewable option unless they choose to opt out of the program. 

Residents and small businesses may opt-out or rejoin the program at any time by calling (585) 244-0244 or online at www.rochestercommunitypower.com and submitting  information to the Enrollment Change Form on the home page.

For the 100% Renewable option, Constellation NewEnergy, Inc. will be your new supplier, beginning on your first meter-read after September 1st, 2021. The new rate will remain fixed for a 24-month period through August 2023. 

Update:

City of Rochester residents are reporting receipt of energy supply promotional materials from door-to-door salespeople saying they are associated with our CCA program or claiming there have been issues with the City’s CCA program (Rochester Community Power). There are no issues with our program. You should not share your bill or account info with anyone knocking on your door. The Rochester Community Power Program for the City of Rochester never cold calls or sells door-to-door but will happily answer and return your calls. They only send you mail on City letterhead and with municipal approval.

The Rochester Community Power program for City of Rochester residents has been carefully vetted to offer strong consumer protections for 100% renewable electricity at a fixed rate of $.058 per kWh through August 2023. If you have questions about whether a provider you are considering is part of the Rochester Community Power program, please feel free to contact the helpline at 585-244-0244. 
           

Benefits of CCA

CCA is an energy procurement program that shifts the control of selecting the default electricity supplier from the utility/State to the local municipality. As a result, the City can choose an electricity supplier offering lower electric rates with reduced price volatility through fixed rates and longer-term contracts, and purchase electricity from 100% renewable sources. This creates market pressure to increase the supply of clean energy and reduce the demand for carbon-producing fossil fuels, accelerating the transition to renewable energy and encouraging local renewable energy development and jobs. The result is cost savings for residents and a more resilient city powered by clean energy.

Eligible CCA participants can choose to opt out of the program. Rochester Gas & Electric will continue to deliver electricity, maintain power lines, and respond to service outages. Customers will still receive only one bill each month, directly from RG&E, that will reflect the change in electricity supplier to Constellation NewEnergy, Inc. Through Rochester Community Power, the City of Rochester will continue to pursue clean energy goals and our community-wide Climate Action Plan’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 20% by 2020 and 40% by 2030 (from 2010 baseline). CCA is a high-impact action that will further strengthen our Clean Energy Community designation from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

Questions

If you have questions or need more detailed information about Rochester Community Power, visit rochestercommunitypower.com or call our local outreach partner, Roctricity at (585) 244-0244.

To see program FAQ, click here.

For more general information about CCA, CCA factsheets and FAQs, visit the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's CCA page here.