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Client Spotlight - Consumer Power Advocates

November 30, 2021

Client Spotlight - CPA

Consumer Power Advocates (CPA) serves as a regulatory advocate for non-profit institutional organizations in New York. Launched at the onset of electricity deregulation by Luthin Associates, a leading energy advisory company acquired by 5 in 2019, CPA continues to advocate for its members and intervene in key energy legislation today.

Years of experience have shown that non-profits cannot depend on regulatory agencies to fully advocate for their needs and concerns. Representation for non-profits is more important than ever given rising energy costs, the importance of system reliability and resiliency, and the significant changes to the structure of energy markets. CPA is an alliance of large, high-load factor, non-profit institutions in New York that, led by 5's regulatory advocates, seeks to reduce energy costs through representation in energy-related proceedings.

CPA represents the interests of a non-profit when energy-related legislation can directly affect an organization’s bottom line. Membership is open to hospitals, universities, medical schools, and cultural institutions and current CPA membership include many of New York City’s most notable institutions.

CPA holds a seat at the table next to many of the major players in New York’s energy markets, including representation at the Public Service Commission (PSC) and the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) proceedings, utility negotiations, and rate cases. Exclusive monthly meetings and briefings for CPA members offer insightful information for important utility and energy-related issues.

Experience has shown that participation in key regulatory and legislative decisions can even provide faster paybacks than some energy efficiency upgrades. CPA intervenes on behalf of non-profit clients before decisions are made that impact energy bills. Without this voice, others such as generators, retail electricity suppliers, and utilities, would likely shape energy policy to their advantage without proper consideration for end-use customers.

Contact us to learn more about how your organization can join Consumer Power Advocates during the open enrollment period for 2022 membership.


Written by 5

Founded in 2011, 5 comprises a team of energy innovators, commodity traders, analysts, engineers, and former energy supplier executives. Together, they serve a broad array of private and public sector clients throughout the United States and Mexico, providing strategic advice on energy-related matters including procurement, demand-side management, rate optimization, regulatory intervention, benchmarking, bill auditing, RFP management, sustainability planning services, renewable power, and distributed generation. With an eye on growth, 5 has initiated a number of strategic partnerships and acquisitions, including the 2019 acquisition of Luthin Associates. 5 has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies in the U.S. for five consecutive years. The firm has also received numerous accolades and national awards for its corporate culture, leadership and innovation, including 5 consecutive years as a top 10 Best Company to Work for in Texas according to Texas Monthly Magazine.