The City of Albany is working with the Municipal Electric and Gas Alliance (MEGA) and thirteen other municipalities to explore a new program called Community Choice Aggregation (CCA). The CCA Program focuses on providing electric supply choices while continuing to rely on the delivery service and physical infrastructure of the local electric utility (National Grid).
You and your neighbors increase your individual buying power through a group purchase of electricity. As a participant in MEGA's CCA you may have:
Access to 100% renewable 'green' electricity
Better rates on your electric bill
Combat predatory practices of energy telemarketers and door-to-door sales
Price stability and budget certainty (avoid spikes in electricity prices)
Even if our community joins MEGA's CCA you have the choice to opt-out and stay with National Grid for your electric supply or leave the Program at any time without a penalty. There are also opportunities for customers to opt-in to the CCA Program. The CCA Program is compatible with budget billing, community solar and rooftop solar.
While we do not know the exact price for electricity through the CCA, we will know the price before we must decide if we will continue our participation in the CCA Program.
Municipal Electric & Gas Alliance (MEGA)
MEGA, is a not-for-profit local development corporation who serves around 300 municipalities and other businesses across New York State. MEGA currently has an operational CCA Program of 21 municipalities in the Southern Tier.