Municipal Electric & Gas Alliance

Control Your Energy Costs

Participation in the Municipal Electric and Gas Alliance, Inc. (MEGA) aligns you with hundreds of other municipalities, school districts, and businesses that benefit from MEGA’s electric and natural gas purchasing strategy. MEGA is a non-profit, community-based, energy cost savings program that complies with all public bidding requirements for your energy purchases.


Get Competitive Energy Prices

MEGA’s short-term objective is to achieve the most competitive prices for electricity and natural gas for its members in order to minimize the cost of energy. Over the long term, MEGA also supports energy cost savings through promotion of energy conservation and development of alternative energy resources.


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MEGA Participants by County

Roll over each county in green to see a list of MEGA participants. White counties do not have participants.

Put the Power of MEGA to Work for You!

  • No cost to participate – pay only for the power you use
  • Complete compliance with all NYS bidding requirements
  • Access to professional energy consultants at no cost
  • Options for variable or fixed pricing
  • Access to power from renewable sources
  • Easy sign up process
  • Save staff time and money in local budgets
  • NYSAC-endorsed for energy procurement
  • NYASBO-endorsed for energy procurement
  • NYCOM-endorsed for energy procurement

“I have been part of the MEGA program since its inception in the mid-90s when New York State deregulated electricity. In my capacity as director of Tompkins County’s economic development activities, I appreciate MEGA’s commitment to controlling energy costs and providing a simple way to save local taxpayers money. It is a banner organization that epitomizes what can be accomplished by working together.”

Michael Stamm Michael Stamm

Chairman, MEGA Board of Directors

MEGA Updates

Community Choice Aggregation – Coming Soon!

Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is expected to be approved by the New York State Public Service Commission in early 2016.

Local government leaders will soon have the opportunity to:

  • Aggregate all residential consumers for better pricing (consumers can “opt out” if they want)
  • Eliminate predatory broker/supplier behavior, enhance consumer protection
  • Set community energy priorities, efficiency, renewables, and more
  • Set up competitive bidding for residential energy options
  • Option to fund energy planning and enhancements
  • Save money for the local economy
  • Contribute to grid stability and reliability

MEGA services will include professional support for the development of Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs, including:

  • Help elected officials plan and set priorities
  • Facilitate communities joining together to increase market power
  • Coordinate energy usage information, competitive bidding
  • Assess proposals, assure value for customers/community
  • Monitor supplier performance, utility cooperation
  • Monitor and advise on regulatory developments

Learn more by reviewing our FAQs, compiled from a series of meetings with municipalities.

If you have additional questions on CCA or would like to receive updates on the NYSPSC’s actions and final ruling please contact CCA Project Lead, Louise Gava at 315-714-9695 or

Thumbs Up for MEGA’s Services to Southern Tier Municipalities

The services MEGA provides to municipalities received positive comments in today’s Ithaca Journal, which stated:

“Chalk up some savings for taxpayers in the Southern Tier, with the City of Elmira joining up with the cities of Binghamton and Ithaca to get gas and electricity from the Municipal Electric and Gas Alliance.

The alliance is one of the region’s quiet success stories that is producing big savings for taxpayers. Since 2001, the Ithaca-based non-profit has gotten municipalities, school districts and businesses good deals on energy by making — well, MEGA group purchases.

The Municipal Electric and Gas Alliance now has dozens of partners across nearly every upstate county, including most towns in Broome, Tioga, Tompkins and Chemung counties.

The savings on electric and gas can be substantial. Elmira expects to save about $4,000 a month than what it paid its previous energy supplier.

Comparing the dozens of plans to get the best deal for gas or electricity is tough work, as any homeowner knows. And after all the calculations, a homeowner may find just a small difference in energy costs.

But for big consumers of power, such as cities, counties and school districts, choosing the best deal for kilowatts and therms can mean significant savings.

The lower costs resulting from group purchasing through organizations like the Municipal Electric and Gas Alliance is exactly the kind of consolidation that pays off for taxpayers and allows public budgets to stay at or below a tax cap.

Check the alliance’s website at to see a list of local governments and schools that have signed up for the low-cost energy plan.”


Powering a New Generation of Community Energy: The NY Prize Community Microgrid Competition and Critical Facility Resiliency Study

New York State has announced NY Prize, a first-in-the nation $40 million competition to create community microgrid systems that reduce costs, promote clean energy, and build reliability and resiliency into the electric grid.  NY Prize is a key part of a statewide endeavor to modernize New York State’s electric grid, spurring innovation and community partnerships with utilities, local governments, and the private sector.   Details about NY Prize, including competition detail and eligibility requirements along with highlights from key takeaways from the recently completed Critical Facility Resiliency Study.

Hydro company plans to provide SLC with cheap electricity

St. Lawrence County in upstate New York wants to lower its energy costs. To accomplish this, the County is working with a hydropower company called Gravity Renewables. Gravity invests in small hydro plants and matches them with customers, like schools and towns.

Sarah Harris from North Country Public Radio spoke with officials at Gravity Renewables about what they do and the regulatory hurdles they face as they try to get cheaper power to St. Lawrence County facilities.

Sarah Harris: So guys, tell me what your business does.

Omay Elphick: We look for small hydro facilities around the country that are in need of reinvestment. And we match those facilities up with customers that are interested in the power that’s generated.

SH: Can you give me, Ted, some examples of where you’ve done that?

Ted Rose: We’re operating anywhere where there are old mill properties that have these small hydro plants. We have rehabilitated plants in New York, in Vermont, in Rhode Island and in North Carolina.

SH: So why are you here in St. Lawrence county?

TR: Because there’s a lot of water here! Small hydro is a business, an industry that obviously followed the water and electricity generation that followed the manufacturing and so we’re sort of picking up the rear. And we’re here because that legacy is here as well.

SH: So tell me a little bit about the idea to provide St Lawrence County with power.

TR: The County is not unlike a lot of entities that we work with that are interested in having some portion of their electricity purchases fixed in terms of price. all electricity consumers, we don’t know what we’re going to be paying three years from now, five years from now. And it’s one thing for us as consumers, residences, but it’s another thing if you’re a business or a government that has to actually plan on it. So St. Lawrence County is interested in that and be connected to a small hydro facility that’s in the neighborhood.

SH: Tell me about the pricing part of this. How do you guys provide advantageous pricing to your customers?

TR: Well what we do is we’re utilizing a New York State law that allows those customers to connect to a hydro plant as if it was on their own property. So we help facilitate that and in the process they are able to have stability in their electric prices and be connected to a facility.

SH: So it is remote net metering. That’s what remote net metering is.

TR: That’s what remote net metering is. In December, we announced that the County wants to make this commitment to a small hydro plant. And we’ve been working with the county since then to make it a reality.

SH: But as I understand the Public Service Commission threw a wrench in that plan. Can you explain?

OE: The Public Service Commission made some unexpected changes to the remote net metering mechanism that materially changes the structure of the transaction.

TR: They were considering making a change and then they got a lot of feedback from folks all around the state, and now they’re not making that change, essentially.

SH: So when the Public Service Commission — when they started to make this decision back in December, what did they decide and how does it affect you?

TR: Well I think the Public Service Commission was searching for how this clearly impactful program should work. And they made a change for essentially saying instead of have everything measured by dollars it should be measured by the amount of energy that’s generated at a plant. It sounds like kind of a small change. I think they kind of thought it was. But it had a lot of impacts on a lot of people doing a lot of different projects — not just small hydro, but solar, wind projects. Now they’ve gone back and said they’re going to take more time to make that decision.

SH: So now, at the plants that you have in New York state, remote net metering still happens in dollars?

TR: That’s right, for now.

SH: How does that change what you do? Does it change what you do?

OE: It doesn’t change what we do. It means we have to continue to be creative about how we approach these projects but ultimately it’s about establishing what the goals and interests are for the different parties involved in a project and seeing where that overlap is. The rules are constantly changing, the market is constantly changing, and that’s the fun part of this business is figuring out what works both today and long term.

SH: Where does that leave you as you negotiate with St. Lawrence county?

TR: Well I mean we’re committed to giving the County what it’s looking for. Which is a project that will be able to be conserved and predictable energy pricing for years to come.


PSC Makes Revisions to Net Metering of Solar Power

For Immediate Release: 02/26/15
Audrey Zibelman, Chair
Contact: James Denn | | (518) 474-7080

PSC Makes Revisions to Net Metering of Solar Power
— Solar Projects Now Underway Eligible to Again Receive Net Metering Credits —

ALBANY— The New York State Public Service Commission (Commission) today provided new guidance regarding the net metering of solar power when it announced that renewable energy development companies and utilities will have more time
to transition away from existing rules related to the amount of financial credits provided to certain types of net-metered projects to ensure a more fair and reasonable process.

To prevent disruption of ongoing net-metered generation projects that are already underway, the Commission is staying its December decision that restricted how customers with multiple locations could participate in net metering programs. The
Commission also postponed its rule requiring utilities to file new tariffs that were intended to resolve concerns about how such customers are compensated. To give adequate time to adjust to the closing of this loophole, the Commission also decided not to restrict the grandfathering of solar projects already underway to allow for theconsideration of other methods of accomplishing the transition.

“By increasing the amount of time needed to effectuate this new policy and more actively manage the transition toward a more equitable payment system, we will safeguard consumers from having to pay more for solar energy in the net metering process,” said Commission Chair Audrey Zibelman. “The Commission’s decision today will give parties more time to ensure a smooth transition in the modification of the utilities’ net-metering rules.”

Net metering is a billing mechanism that credits customers who produce their own renewable energy, such as solar power. customers are only billed for their electricity use that exceeds the amount of electricity that they generate on their own.

Today’s decision may be obtained by going to the Commission Documents section of the Commission’s Web site at and entering Case Number 14-E-0151 or 14-E-0422 in the input box labeled “Search for Case/Matter Number”. Many libraries offer free Internet access. Commission documents may also be obtained from the Commission’s Files Office, 14th floor, Three
Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12223 (518-474-2500). If you have difficulty understanding English, please call us at 1-800-342-3377 for free language assistance services regarding this press release.

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