Municipal Energy Aggregation

Municipal Energy Aggregation is the process where the City uses the combined purchasing power of all its residents to get cheaper energy rates. National Grid, the City’s energy provider, can only go out to bid a limited number of times per year, and residents are locked in to the rates they’re able to get. With aggregation, we can get new rates with a lot more flexibility (like if we see the rates going down). Energy is still provided by National Grid, but residents get the benefits of a lower cost because of the City’s facilitation.

The City Council has approved this initiative, and we are currently working to bring a broker on board. The broker will handle the actual bidding process, through which we will ask energy providers for the lowest rate they can provide, and set up a website and a 1-800 phone number to answer resident’s questions.

A certain percentage of the energy the City buys through this program will be renewable, and residents can chose to pay slightly more to increase the portion of their energy produced by renewable sources. Residents can also choose to opt out of the municipal aggregation program if they want to, once the program is up and running.

This page will be updated as the project moves forward.