New York City Committee On Environmental Protection Hears Testimony On Municipal Aggregation For City
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The New York City Council's Committee on Environmental Protection this week heard testimony on Bill Int 0140-2018, which would require a study on implementing opt-out municipal aggregation for retail energy supply
Specifically, the bill would require the city's department of environmental protection, in consultation with any other relevant agencies or offices, to conduct, submit electronically to the mayor and the speaker of the council, and make publicly available online, a study determining the feasibility of implementing in the city one or more community choice aggregation opt-out programs
The bill would provide that such study shall include, at a minimum, analyses of potential economic and environmental impacts of implementing one or more such programs in the city and regulatory barriers thereto, and shall indicate whether such department recommends implementing such programs
The bill would provide that, if such department determines that implementing one or more such programs would be feasible and such department recommends implementing such programs, then such department, in consultation with any other relevant agencies or offices, shall develop, electronically submit to the mayor and the speaker of the council, and make publicly available online, a plan for implementing one or more such programs in a manner consistent with the findings of such study.
The bill, originally introduced in 2018, is written as requiring the initial study to be complete by March 1, 2019, and any implementation plan by March 1, 2020, though council members noted that at least the former date would need to be amended given the pendency of the bill.
The committee heard testimony from several representatives from several current municipal aggregators and their consultants in New York who said that any community choice aggregations need to be opt-out to maximize the desired benefits, rather than opt-in