November 17, 2020
A Message From Sustainable Westchester
Dear Westchester Power participants:
Some program participants have started to receive “switch letters” saying they are being switched back into NYSEG. In fact, they are not being dropped out of the program, and will receive another switch letter in a few days saying that they are being enrolled with the new Westchester Power supplier, Eligo. Participants need take no action in response to these NYSEG notices.
This additional intermediate notice is occurring because of the mismatch between the previous supplier’s obligation to exit participants and the need of or the new supplier to wait until the 30-day opt out period is over to submit the new enrollments to NYSEG (who requires 5 days to complete their transaction).
Please note, those residents who did opt-out of the program will also receive the same NYSEG switch letter, but they will not be enrolled with Eligo.
We apologize for any confusion. We have made multiple requests advocating to the Department of Public service to modify the switch letter process to accommodate the way Community Choice Aggregation programs like Westchester Power work, but unfortunately this has not resulted in change as of yet. We continue to advocate for this and other changes that will improve the experience of participants in Westchester Power and other community energy programs around the State.
A Program of Sustainable Westchester
We’re happy to announce that Somers and our neighboring towns will be renewing our participation in Sustainable Westchester’s Westchester Power (WP) program. The program has been providing residents and small businesses a clean electricity supply choice since 2016 and has mitigated over 660,000 tons of greenhouse gases. The program provides competitive fixed price electric supply and easy access to NY sourced sustainable, renewable energy.
Sustainable Westchester administered a competitive bidding process among registered New York energy suppliers and on September 28 awarded Eligo Energy the electricity supply contract for December 1, 2020, to November 30, 2021. The default supply for Somers will remain the standard supply option which is a mix of fossil fuel and renewable energy, but the program also offers a 100% renewable energy supply option. You can switch between supply options at any time.
You should have received a renewal notification letter with all program details including instructions on opting out of the program. To stay in the program, you need take no action - you will be automatically enrolled in the program on your first meter read day starting December 1.
You can find a sample letter here: https://sustainablewestchester.org/westpowernotificationsomers-notification/
The program is very different from standard ESCO offerings - you are never locked in to your choice and you can change supply options, opt-out, or opt back into the program without any costs or penalties at any time. To do so, please visit www.sustainablewestchester.org/wpor call their offices at 914-242-4725. You may also complete and mail this Opt-Out form.
Please visit the NYSEG renewal page to learn more about the renewal and the Westchester Power program: https://sustainablewestchester.org/nyseg-communities-gearing-up-for-westchester-power-program-renewal, including: