At-Large Springfield City Councilor Jesse Lederman will convene the City Council’s Committee on Sustainability and Environment on Monday, August 18, 2019 to hear testimony from experts from across Massachusetts on Community Choice Energy Aggregation and what an initiative in Springfield could look like.
The meeting will begin at 4:30 PM at Springfield City Hall, 36 Court Street in Springfield.
“Many communities across Massachusetts have begun Community Choice Aggregation as an option to utilize the bulk purchasing power of their municipality to spur investment in renewable energy, reduce their carbon footprint, and stabilize energy rates for their residents,” said Lederman “In some cases, CCA has even resulted in lower electric rates for participating municipalities. I believe it is worth exploring as an option for Springfield, and we want to hear from the experts on how it has worked in other communities.”
Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is a process by which municipalities can aggregate and switch the electricity of the households and small businesses from basic service over to cleaner energy. An energy broker is employed to ensure the municipality can purchase the amount of energy needed, and residents may opt out at any time. The electricity is still distributed and billed through the original utility, which in Springfield would be Eversource.
Scheduled to testify at the Committee Meeting are:
Paul Fenn, Founder and President of Local Power
Catherine Ratte, Environmental Planner at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission
Adele Franks, Community Choice Aggregation Advocate
Ann Berwick, Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Newton
According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities nearly 150 communities have been approved for Community Choice Aggregation plans. If Springfield were to pursue such a plan, it would be the largest municipality in Massachusetts to do so.