The Village of Pelham Board of Trustees voted Tuesday night to join Sustainable Westchester's "Community Choice Aggregation" program so that its residents and small businesses will buy electricity and natural gas rather than through Con Edison. The local law allows residents and businesses to opt out of the program at any time at no cost.

Twenty other Westchester communities are part of the program, which now will be presented to the Public Service Commission for final approval.

Officials of Sustainable Westchester, a non-profit 501(c)(3) consortium of  local governments in Westchester County, have said that most customers participating in a CCA program will experience a 4% to 5% savings on their utility bills.

Sustainable Westchester would bid on purchasing electricity and natural gas on behalf of the CCA program covering the municipalities, and because of the large number of participants in the program would get favorable rates that would be passed on to participants.

For answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the program, click here.

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