Program offers ratepayers price stability, greener energy.
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is pleased to announce that it has selected Good Energy to provide green municipal aggregation broker services to MAPC member cities and towns. The Cities of Somerville and Newton and the Towns of Arlington and Sudbury participated in the procurement, and other MAPC municipalities may subscribe at any time throughout 2016.
Across the state, roughly 70 municipalities currently operate municipal aggregation programs, in which the community selects an electricity supplier for all ratepayers that have not yet chosen their own supplier. The programs offer rate payers price stability and potential price savings and can protect them from predatory offers. In partnership with Good Energy, MAPC will help municipalities to achieve an additional and significant benefit through their municipal aggregation programs: adding more renewable energy to the New England electricity grid.
“We are proud to implement a cutting-edge aggregation program that will have a tangible impact on greening our region’s electricity grid, without sacrificing stability and competitive prices,” said Cameron Peterson, Manager of Clean Energy at MAPC. “MAPC is excited to help municipalities take advantage of this innovative opportunity to benefit ratepayers and the climate.”
While some aggregations had previously included excess purchases of renewable energy, few are structured to result in – directly or indirectly – the addition of new sources of renewable energy in New England. Good Energy will help municipalities leverage the significant buying power of a municipal aggregation to make this type of positive impact on a large scale.
“Somerville has made tremendous progress toward our goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050, and to reach this goal, we must rethink energy generation in our region,” said Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone. “Our community is eager to find ways to incorporate more renewable energy into the mix that supplies Somerville. Municipal aggregation in Somerville could be good for our wallets and the environment.”
“Good Energy is very excited to be selected and looks forward to helping MAPC communities harness the community wide purchasing power of municipal aggregation to implement innovative and forward thinking local renewable energy procurement strategies at an affordable rate,” said Philip Carr, New England Regional Director for Good Energy.
MAPC selected Good Energy through a competitive Request for Proposals. Municipalities must officially subscribe to MAPC’s contract to utilize Good Energy as part of this procurement. To learn more about the program and how aggregations, if done well, can help add more renewable energy to the electricity grid, contact the MAPC Clean Energy division or visit its website at http://www.mapc.org/cca.
About Good Energy: Good Energy runs more community electricity aggregation programs than any other energy management firm, representing 24 communities within the Commonwealth and over 180 communities comprising 2,000,000 people nationally.
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