WENY News - Village of Horseheads explores bulk electricity purchasing progr

Village of Horseheads explores bulk electricity purchasing program

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November 30, 2017 

HORSEHEADS, NY (WENY) -- Residents in the Village of Horseheads had the chance to learn about a program which aims to lower electricity costs. 

It's called the "Community Choice Aggregation Program" (CCA) and is run through the non-profit, Municipal Electric and Gas Alliance, or MEGA. 

Essentially, cities, towns and villages are able to pool the electricity accounts of residents and small businesses. That then increases the consumer's individual buying power, thus resulting in lower electricity rates.

"The idea is that the municipal officials will make a decision that benefits the residents, but each resident at the end of the day has an individual choice, so it's important that they get educated so they can make the choice that works best for them," says MEGA CCA Project Leader Louise Gava.

"We're looking at MEGA putting out the bid in mid-February to actually have a price to share with the residents at the beginning of March," Gava adds. 

The City of Elmira and the Town of Horseheads have already adopted the program. 

The Village of Elmira Heights will host an information session on the program Monday, December 4th from 6 to 7 at the Village Hall. 

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