Basically, the towns would come together to buy electricity in bulk and then resell it to the people in their communities.

A group of local towns is considering banning together to try and negotiate better power rates for residents.

The towns of Irondequoit, Brighton and Pittsford are considering community choice aggregation which is a municipal model for procuring energy that replaces the utility as the default supplier.

“It's really been recognized to have significant savings where it's been implemented,” says Irondequoit Supervisor Dave Seeley.

Basically, the towns would come together to buy electricity in bulk and then resell it to the people in their communities.

“You can essentially broker a cooperative buying of electricity for your residents and get a better rate,” Seeley adds.

State regulators say a pilot program in Westchester County, that 20 municipalities participate in, has saved its people a combined $6 million since it started in 2016.

Community choice aggregation is intended to help cut costs but it also gives towns more of a say concerning where the energy comes from.

“If you're able to kind of have that leverage with utility companies you can really push them to utilize more renewables,” Seeley says.

Gene Galasso lives in Irondequoit, “if something like that could happen here that'd be great plus more renewables is good…I think probably if you're partnering with other towns, you get a better deal,” he says.

Those who live within the CCA would still get one bill per month from the utility company who would continue to deliver the electricity.

The supply portion of that bill would be itemized to show you where the electric is coming from. An administrator would be hired by the CCA to handle buying and customer service.

“If a homeowner just says, 'I'm good the way things are' - then they can opt out,” says Seeley.

Each town is required to pass a local law allowing for the creation of a CCA. And the towns are currently at various stages in that process.

More information for the Town of Pittsford Residents can be found here.

More information for the Town of Brighton Residents can be found here.

And for more information on CAAs click here.