Sheppard Calls For Rochester To Lead The Way On Climate Change - Will Start with Community Choice Aggregation

Rochester, NY – In anticipation of Earth Day tomorrow, County Legislator and Mayoral candidate James Sheppard unveiled the first plank in his environmental platform, calling for Rochester to implement Community Choice Aggregation (CCA).  CCA allows communities to procure lower, fixed electric rates for residents and small businesses, and greener energy for the city.

“We are seeing the effects of climate change all over the world, including Rochester,” Sheppard said.  “Local governments can and must take the lead in protecting our residents, reducing our carbon emissions wherever we can, and adapting and changing to climate change conditions.”

Under community choice aggregation, municipalities can procure long-term, lower and fixed electric rates with a 100% renewable energy option.  There is one CCA operating in New York State right now, Westchester Power, and many throughout the country.  “CCA is a way to bring sustainable, local energy to our community while allowing our citizens to save money,” Sheppard said.  “It’s clearly a win-win.”

Sheppard’s environmental platform will call for bold action on climate change while providing opportunities to revitalize Rochester’s economy and make our community safer and healthier for all residents.