Note: To power your home with renewable energy, see the most recent Subscription Community Solar chart and 100% Renewable Electricity chart.
By Gerri Wiley, HeatSmart volunteer and Energy Navigator
MAYDAY ALERT #1
While under the administration of MEGA (Municipal Electric and Gas Alliance), residents of five municipalities lost their 100% renewable CCA electricity plans this month!: Village of Owego, Village of Elmira Heights, Village of Horseheads, Town of Union, and Town of Lebanon and are now back with a planet-heating standard grid mix. Long story. I’ll spare you, but feel free to ask.
What to do???
My recommendation is to consider signing up for Energy Coop of America’s 100% renewable plan [100% Renewable Electricity Chart] Although it is a variable plan, the annual average price continues to be just 1 cent/kilowatt-hour higher than NYSEG’s fossil-nuclear mix.
The key to saving money is reducing your energy use wherever and whenever possible.
MAYDAY ALERT #2
Remember those cute young folks knocking on your door, wanting to sign you up for a ESCO for your electricity supply that would save you money over your utility’s default supply? But then the Public Service Commission got tough on them and the pandemic eliminated this practice for the most-part.
Well guess what, they’re B A C K, this time hawking subscription community solar plans. Many of you have contacted me over the last month, concerned about this practice and wondering about the legitimacy of the companies involved.
I know that YOU know better, but I’m asking you to perform a public service and spread the word to:
AND, you have a second opportunity to perform a public service when your visitor arrives at your door by doing the following:
Thank you for your public service!
It would be helpful to me if you were to let me know as well because I’m tracking this issue. Even if they do have a peddler/solicitor license, I would like to know what they did and said. We need to quickly nip this practice in the bud!
Meanwhile, visit my July Subscription Solar chart. Solar Farms NY is ‘on probation’ (grey-toned) at this time for two reasons:
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