Community Choice Aggregation
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 (i.e. Eversource).
By using community choice aggregation, a town can very efficiently effect a change in how energy is produced.
While developing an aggregation plan with the help of the energy broker, a town chooses several options for energy mixes, with defined percentages produced from renewable sources (e.g., wind, solar). These options can be formulated based on resident feedback, and effectively provide choice as well as fiscal control in the form of stable, predictable rates to individual residents, typically including one option that closely resembles the current energy mix and pricing. Several examples from surrounding towns show that residents can save money on their electricity bills while receiving more power from renewable sources than the state-mandated 14%.
The process of implementing community choice aggregation is strictly governed by Mass. regulations, and the first step is a Town Meeting warrant article authorizing the town to pursue it (with no commitment to implement it).
Newton, Lexington, and Natick are among the municipalities in our area that have already implemented community choice aggregation, and Lincoln and Wayland have begun their implementation processes.