By Dan Veaner for the Lansing Star
The focus is on Lansing as HeatSmart continues to hold events to talk about heat pump technology and special incentives available in Lansing because of the NYSEG moratorium on new natural gas capacity. HeatSmart Lansing Coordinator Lisa Marshall and HeatSmart Tompkins Program Director Jonathan Comstock were in the Village of Lansing Monday to tell the Village Trustees about the program and enlist their help in getting the word out to their constituents.
"There are two areas in New York where there are declared gas moratoriums, and there may be other areas, soon," Marshall said. "To address the gas moratorium New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) put together a clean energy action plan to provide relief to businesses and residents affected by the NYSEG gas moratorium. Part of that action plan is extra money for HeatSmart."
What’s new for the month?
See September updates:
COMMUNITY SOLAR INFORMATION & LATEST CHART
RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY ESCO INFORMATION & LATEST CHART
In the ESCO world
Clean Choice Energy, after several months ‘on probation’, is off the chart. Why?
It has priced itself out of the market. After 3 months with a cost (by phone) of 5.1 cent/kWh, it is now 9.2 cents/kWh!
Note: Prices listed on the chart are quotes for new customers. If you now contract with Clean Choice Energy at a fixed rate, your rate won’t change.
Reminder: ECA continues to offer a fixed low rate to organizations and commercial NYSEG customers. So contact Gerri if you would like ECA to quote you a price for your organization or business.
In the Community Solar world
Flyers, robocalls, and social media posts, oh my! Some Subscription Community solar companies are bombarding us with ads asking us to choose them as electricity supplier. I’ve been receiving countless requests for my thoughts on these companies. Let me simply say that if a company is not listed on the Subscription Community Solar chart, (just as with the ESCO chart) there is a reason. In the case of Solar Farms NY, it is the amount of discount off your NYSEG bill. The companies on the chart offer 10%. Solar Farms, NY offers 5%.
Reminder: Take a look at the bottom of the FAQ sheet. Know that you can save even more money than you can with subscription solar. How? By purchasing solar panels…either on your own property or on a solar company’s property. This month, ETM Solar Works is moving to stage II of its Five Star Storage rooftop community solar project in Johnson City and they are signing up customers now.
All in all
As always, your feedback is a tremendous help to me. I have several ways to evaluate ESCOs and Community Solar companies and one of them is via your personal experience.