Earlier this week, the Town of Brighton became aware that ICON Energy d/b/a Source Power has gone into default under its agreement with the N.Y. Independent System Operator (“NYISO”) to purchase renewable electricity to supply the Community Choice Aggregation Plan in Brighton, as well as CCA Plans in the City of Canandaigua and the Village of Victor. We do not know the specifics of the default by ICON, but because of their default, ICON is no longer able to supply electricity to the CCA programs in Brighton, Canandaigua or Victor. Therefore, customers in the Brighton CCA have been shifted back to RG&E for their electricity supply, effective yesterday.
Supervisor Moehle states, "First, it is important to note that there will be no power interruptions. However, due to the ICON default, CCA customers are now receiving the traditional mix of electricity supply from RG&E, rather than a 100% renewable supply, and as of yesterday, pricing for CCA customers receiving electricity supply from RG&E will be based on RG&E’s current market prices.
Second, the Town of Brighton is reviewing all of its options with respect to the default by ICON. In doing so, we are in consultations with Joule Assets, the manager of our CCA program, as well as Roctricity, Joule’s local partner.
We are disturbed and disappointed by this interruption to our CCA program, because we know that renewable energy is essential to our future. We will provide updates as new information becomes available that we can share with residents.
I also anticipate that we will have additional information in the near future about the recurring billing issues that some RG&E customers are experiencing, particularly it seems, customers who enrolled in the community solar program, which was also supplied by ICON. I know how challenging it is for customers who are again receiving unexplained large and unexpected bills from RG&E, and we have conveyed our expectation that RG&E work with the Town to correct those billing issues and communication/customer service issues as soon as possible."