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Taking Charge of Community Electricity in Massachusetts

Each winter, electricity supply rates in Massachusetts are some of the highest in the country. But the utility’s electric rate does not have to be your community’s electric rate. With Good Energy, your community can have lower, predictable energy rates by pooling your purchasing power. Good Energy can also help you use that buying power to build new renewable energy, reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change. Through municipal aggregation, also known as Community Choice or Community Electricity Aggregation (CEA), government leaders select an electricity supply that best meets the needs of its residents and businesses.

Good Energy is currently helping over 50 municipalities, with over 500,000 households, throughout Massachusetts develop, implement and operate successful CEA programs. Many of these municipalities have included trailblazing renewable energy content, as described below.

The Program

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The utility provides supply by default, called Basic Service. With CEA, a city or town uses a competitive bid to select a new supplier on behalf of all its residents and businesses currently getting Basic Service supply. The new supply source and rate will be included on your existing utility bill. Participants can opt-out at any time without penalty and can even opt-out before it begins. Municipalities work with experienced consultants, like Good Energy, to implement CEA programs.

Benefits of municipal aggregation include

  • Competitive rates, with a goal of price savings
  • Price stability
  • Local renewable energy options

Green Aggregation: Supporting New, Local Renewable Energy 

Good Energy, partnered closely with Green Energy Consumers Alliance and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, developed the green aggregation model that now predominates in Massachusetts. We used that model to launch some of the first green aggregations with Dedham and Melrose in 2016, followed closely by Arlington, Brookline, Somerville, Sudbury and Winchester in 2017. These municipalities were the first to demonstrate that green aggregation could be done with little or no increased costs compared to the utility’s Basic Service. Building on their success, Good Energy is now working with another dozen municipalities with active or authorized green aggregations.

We are thrilled to see the spread of green aggregation in the state. See this blog post for detail on how green aggregations have become a major force: driving nearly 10% of the demand for new, local renewable energy (called MA Class I) in the state.

Our Communities

Good Energy works with nearly 50 cities and towns in Massachusetts. Included in that is the largest buying group in the state, a collection of over 20 municipalities in southeastern Massachusetts. We'll help you choose which approach is right for you.

Disclaimer: A goal of the CEA program is to produce savings for customers, but savings cannot be guaranteed compared to the utility’s basic service rate which changes every three months for industrial customers and every six months for residential and small commercial customers. The Aggregation program seeks to provide price stability and average savings over the full term of the program, but because future basic service rates are not known, there is no guarantee of savings.

For more information, call Good Energy and the Massachusetts Municipal Energy Aggregation (844) MASS-AGG or (844) 627-7244.