Boston Takes ‘Big Step’ Toward Community Choice Aggregation – North American Windpower

Community choice aggregation enables cities and towns to aggregate the buying power of individual electricity customers in their communities. Under a municipal aggregation program, cities and towns can automatically enroll residents who receive default electricity service from their utilities into a single, bulk-buying group and may require a greater percentage of renewable energy content than the mandatory percentage set by Massachusetts’ renewable portfolio standard (RPS).

“Community choice aggregation is an important contribution to reducing Boston’s carbon emissions,” states Chris Cook, chief of environment, energy and open space. “We’re excited to move ahead with the process and develop a program that can benefit the environment and, most importantly, our residents.”

The city is required to follow the steps toward a municipal aggregation, as laid out by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), by working in consultation with DOER and the selected consultant to prepare a plan and provide an opportunity for citizen review. In addition, the city will convene a community advisory committee that will inform the proposed plan and guide implementation. Once the program is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, the city will be able to begin implementation of the program.

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