Consumer Power Advocates (CPA)
The Consumer Power Advocates (CPA) was founded by Catherine Luthin, the current Executive Director, in 2001. CPA is an alliance of large not-for-profit institutions in the greater New York region. CPA's mission is to lower energy costs for its members through representation in energy-related regulatory and legislative proceedings.
CPA works to help its members manage and control the cost of energy by focusing on regulatory decisions and programs which impact energy consumers in New York City. CPA identifies measures currently being evaluated for implementation within the energy markets, communicates the potential impact to our clients and members, as well as provides support of or opposition to proposed measures. CPA chose to focus on the non-profit sector because unlike private business, non-profits cannot pass along the cost of energy increases to their clients. Additional energy costs come directly out of their operating budgets and impact the quality of services that they can provide.
CPA represents our members at the Public Service Commission (PSC), the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) and other organizations that impact energy costs.
CPA is a frequent intervener in utility rate cases and reliability hearings to address issues that may have a significant impact on our members' operating budgets. We have also successfully brokered the implementation of economic development programs for the non-profit community. We regularly intercede on behalf of our members and we hold a seat at the table with the following organizations:
- New York Independent System Operator (NYISO))
- New York State Public Service Commission (PSC)
- Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
- Utilities (Con Edison, National Grid and all other New York utilities)
- Energy Service Companies (ESCOs)
- New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC)
- New York State Department of Economic Development
- New York State Legislature
- New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
The Bottom Line for Our Members
Since 2000, CPA members have saved over $91 million as a result of our rate case intervention efforts. Additionally, we have saved clients more than $136 million from the ReCharge NY, Bio-medical BIR and Power for Jobs program.