ONE DOWN, 350 to go.
That’s how many cities and towns in Massachusetts do not yet have so-called “municipal aggregation” electricity programs with an ambitious amount of renewable power from sources such as solar and wind. At a time when Washington is back-sliding and worse on climate change, communities in Massachusetts have an easy way to add green electricity and drive down greenhouse gas emissions.
Massachusetts state law authorizes cities and towns to adopt aggregation programs. These programs allow municipalities to choose the electricity supplier for electricity customers within their borders, rather than having the local utility — such as Eversource — buy the electricity on their behalf. The utility company continues to deliver the electricity; customers continue to contact their utility if the power goes out; and the utility continues to bill them. The difference is that the city or town selects the supplier of the electricity for customers. Approximately 140 cities and towns in Massachusetts have municipal aggregation programs, mostly intended to try to save electricity customers money. (read more)
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