The city of Boston is finally getting into the electricity-buying business.
Dozens of Massachusetts municipalities have already put their residents in group-buying programs, switching them from their local utility, largely to get more renewable electricity. Boston was the big market that had eluded the energy brokers — until now.
Environmental activists had been getting antsy. The Walsh administration sent out requests for information after the City Council endorsed the idea last fall, but did not take a big step toward hiring a broker. Many worried Mayor Marty Walsh was applying the brakes. (Protesters even tried to embarrass Walsh when he hosted the US Conference of Mayors in June.) Austin Blackmon, Walsh’s energy chief at the time, expressed concerns about potential higher costs for ratepayers and whether some residents would unknowingly be swept up into the program. Blackmon left City Hall to join a California solar company this summer. (read more)
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