Update- Aggregation Plan for the City of Medford

http://www.medfordma.org/2018/08/02/update-aggregation-plan-for-the-city-of-medford/

The City of Medford is moving forward with an exciting electricity aggregation plan. At a meeting of the City Council on February 6th, 2018 the Councilors voted 4-3 to authorize the Office of Energy and Environment to develop an aggregation program to provide Medford residents with a competitive supplier of electricity. The draft plan is prepared and available for public review. The full plan can be viewed at: http://medfordenergy.org/gogreen/medford-energy-committee/municipal-energy-aggregation/

The program is an electricity aggregation, a form of group purchasing in which a city or town uses the bulk buying power of the entire community to negotiate an electricity supply price for everyone. The City will use a competitive bid process to choose an electricity supplier to bring the benefits of renewable energy and electricity choice to its residents and businesses.

The main objectives of the aggregation program are to:

– Lower the cost of electricity

– Gain longer term price stability

– Offer more renewable energy options

By offering renewable energy options, the program supports Medford’s climate change goals to reduce carbon emissions. The electricity provided through the standard option will contain 5% more renewable or “green” energy than required by MA law. In addition, residents will have the option to either increase their renewable energy percentage to 100%, stay at the standard 5%, or opt-out of increased renewable energy. Residents and businesses can also decide to opt out of the entire program. Those who decide to opt-out can do so at any time without any termination fees.

The City of Medford has selected an aggregation consultant, Good Energy, L.P., to:

– Develop the aggregation program

– Create and implement a public outreach and education program on the aggregation process

– Guide the aggregation plan through a very strict and comprehensive review and approval process with the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and the Department of Public Utilities (DPU)

– Develop Request for Proposals for a competitive electricity supplier

– Monitor and manage the aggregation program during the term of the competitive supplier contract

– Develop and submit all required reports to the Mayor, City Council and DOER

An important element of the process leading to approval of the aggregation plan of a municipality by the DPU is to allow for review of the aggregation plan by the residents. The aggregation plan is available for public review, as required by State’s DPU approval process, at the Office of Energy & Environment (Room 205 in Medford City Hall) and on our website.

Oral comments can be offered at a Public Meeting on Wednesday, August 8th, at 6:30PM in City Council Chambers, 85 George P. Hassett Drive, Medford.

This matter is also on the agenda for the City Council meeting on Tuesday, August 14th, at 7PM in the City Council Chambers, 85 George P. Hassett Drive, Medford.

Written comments will be accepted until 5PM on Tuesday, July 31st *** (Please note that the deadline for written comments has been extended until 5PM on Thursday, August 9th) and can be submitted via email to ahunt@medford-ma.gov or by US Mail to:

Alicia Hunt
Office of Energy & Environment
85 George P. Hassett Drive
Medford, MA 02155

While the office of Energy & Environment will answer questions about the aggregation process over the phone or in person, all formal comments on the aggregation plan must be received by the City in writing or presented at the City Council meeting on August 14 to be considered.

Please note that if you receive a personal call or a visit about your electricity or renewable energy, they are not with the City, the utility or the State. Private companies continue to solicit Medford residents and businesses for their electricity business and are not part of this program.

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