Plan Aims to Give Worcester Residents Choice in Electrical Supply 1

WORCESTER – Participants in a new city program will have the opportunity to have control of their electric supply.

The plan —the Worcester Community Choice Aggregation program — will allow the City to offer a selection of supply options to residents that wish to participate and add renewable energy into the power supply and reduce electricity consumption through an energy efficiency initiative.

The Worcester Community Choice Aggregation Program goals include the following:

  1. Reduce Worcester’s carbon footprint: Through Worcester Community Choice, the City can integrate additional renewable energy into the City’s electricity supply above the state required minimum and also support energy efficiency efforts, because the cleanest energy is the energy that is not used! The City will decide which (or both) strategy to use once the state regulatory approval process is completed.
  2. Provide stable prices: The program will provide a fixed price for electricity supply over a period of time that is typically longer than that of National Grid’s Basic Service, where the price changes every six months or less. This will make the program different also from many commercial offers in the market place. However, savings cannot be guaranteed compared to National Grid’s Basic Service price.
  3. Protect consumers: The competitive procurement process will ensure a City-vetted alternative to commercial electricity supply offers that customers may be receiving in the mail or by phone. There will be no hidden costs or other hidden provisions and participants will be able to leave the program at any time.

For the full draft of the City’s plan, click here. The plan will be presented publicly on Wednesday, February 20, at 5:00 PM at Worcester City Hall, Esther Howland Chamber.

Submit comments or questions to [email protected] or in writing to the City Energy and Asset Management Division Office – City Hall, Room 108, Worcester, MA, 01608.

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