What's the "choice" part of Choice Community Power?
Long Islanders have one source for electricity: Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). While LIPA and PSEGLI offer rate structures and programs, the only alternatives are those the Utility selects for its customers. There is no competitive market for electricity on LI. Choice Community Power plans to change that alternative.
Over 100 municipalities outside Long Island, have taken the first step toward launching a CCA program by adopting the local law authorizing them to initiate the process.
Westchester Power, launched in May 2016, was the first CCA Program in New York State to be fully operational. Twenty-four of the twenty-seven municipalities it serves chose to have 100% clean renewable electricity as the default option for their residents.
On Long Island, LIPA is the default supplier of electricity. Long Islanders have to fight for what every municipality outside of the LIPA region already has – a competitive market for electricity providing choice over where to source electricity and at what price. Another choice comes after implementation. Choice Community Power customers can choose to "opt-out" from CCA at any time at no charge at no risk.
Whichever choice you make, your existing utility – LIPA/PSEGLI – will continue to deliver the energy. Your existing utility will also continue to handle any service calls for outages or damaged wires or poles.