Community Choice Aggregation

The purpose of Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is to allow participating local governments to procure energy supply service and distributed energy resources (DER) for eligible energy customers in the community. These customers will have the opportunity to opt out of the procurement, while maintaining transmission and distribution service from the existing Distribution Utility.

CCA allows local governments to work together through a shared purchasing model to put out for bid the total amount of electricity and/or natural gas being purchased by eligible customers within the jurisdictional boundaries of participating municipalities. Eligible customers will have the opportunity to have more control to lower their overall energy costs, to spur clean energy innovation and investment, to improve customer choice and value, and to protect the environment, thereby fulfilling an important public purpose.

NYSERDA has developed the toolkit below to assist local governments and CCA Administrators to develop CCA programs in New York State. Additional toolkit elements are still under development, and those elements will be added to the toolkit as they are completed. NYSERDA also anticipates that this toolkit will be a dynamic resource, reflecting additional developments in the continuing evolution of the energy markets as they affect CCA efforts.

NYSERDA wishes to acknowledge the following organizations for their significant contribution to the development of the Community Choice Aggregation Toolkit.

For assistance using this toolkit, please do not hesitate to send an email to cec@nyserda.ny.gov.

Fact Sheet [PDF]
This fact sheet provides a brief description of the Community Choice Aggregation action along with the benefits communities can expect to achieve. 

Step-by-Step Guidance [PDF]
The slide presentation provides an overview of the Clean Energy Communities Program as well as a detailed description and step-by-step guidance for implementing Community Choice Aggregation action.

CCA Frequently Asked Questions [PDF]
This document provides answers to commonly asked questions pertaining to CCA in New York State.

Template Implementation Plan [DOCX]
CCA programs are authorized subject to the Public Service Commission’s approval of the CCA Implementation Plan, Data Protection Plan, and certifications of local authorization. It is intended that this template be used as a resource in designing a CCA Implementation Plan. The purpose is to clearly define the CCA Program goals, milestones, and deliverables, while also defining the roles and responsibilities of each project partner. It also addresses the CCA approach to public engagement, outreach, and education.

Template CCA Authorizing Legislation [DOCX]
This template legislation may be used as a resource by municipalities in developing their own authorization for participation in a CCA program.

Template Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) [DOCX]
This sample MOU may be used as a resource by municipalities to participate in a specific CCA program with a third-party CCA Administrator.

Template Inter-Municipal Agreement (IMA) [DOCX]
This sample IMA may be used as a resource by municipalities to participate in a specific CCA program where the CCA Administrator is a municipal government.

Template Opt-out Letter [DOCX]
This is intended as a resource for municipalities in fulfilling the Commission’s requirement that an opt-out letter be sent to all eligible customers providing information and education prior to commencement of the CCA. The opt-out letter is subject to Department of Public Service Staff approval.

Public Service Commission (PSC) CCA Order [PDF]
The PSC Order on CCA sets forth the requirements, terms, and conditions under which CCA programs can proceed through implementation.