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Naples prepares for bulk energy buy

Village residents will learn more about a community energy program aimed at saving them money on their utility bill. Called Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), the plan approved by the Village Board will provide customers with a fixed rate over two years, at a cost expected to be less than what New York State Electric & Gas would charge.

Mayor Brian Schenk said customers might see savings of just a few dollars a month but without having to worry about a surprise increase as they will be locked into a fixed rate for the two years of the program. Energy costs for customers in New York state are expected to rise 3 percent over the next two years, he said.

A meeting on April 29 will explain the plan and give residents a chance to ask questions. Schenk said there will be additional meetings as well as other means of educating the public before the plan takes effect.

First pitched for Naples in 2017, Community Choice Aggregation seeks to lower energy costs by letting cities, towns and villages form energy-buying groups that automatically enroll all residents and small businesses. Consumers have the power to opt out and switch back to the local utility if they want to.

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