Community Choice Aggregation Plan for the City of Fitchburg
Virtual Public Hearing Municipal Aggregation July 21, 2021, 7:00 p.m. https://zoom.us/j/93400341377
The City of Fitchburg is pleased to announce the public participation period for the Community Choice Electricity Aggregation Plan. At a meeting of the City Council on May 7, 2019 (Council Order № 000128-2019) it was unanimously voted to develop an aggregation program to provide Fitchburg residents with a competitive energy supplier for electricity, to achieve long-term rate stability, to offer more renewable energy options, and to potentially lower the cost of electricity.
Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is an electricity aggregation, a form of group purchasing in which the city will harness the bulk buying power of the entire community to negotiate an electricity supply price for everyone. The goal of CCA is to secure the most competitive pricing available, while providing rate stability, supporting clean energy, and most importantly, providing consumer protections to all participants.
Following the public participation period and approval by the Department of Public Utilities, the city will work with our consultant to perform a competitive bid process and choose an electricity supplier who will 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
- Meet Green Energy goals
This CCA program operates on the supply-side of the electric grid. Delivery to your home or business will not be affected and your energy will still be serviced by your usual utility company. Participation in the CCA program will be entirely optional. Residents and businesses can decide to opt out of the program prior to implementation, or at any time thereafter, without termination fees. Information to opt out will be provided through various media once the electricity supplier is chosen. Educational materials will be available to assist consumers with the decision to opt out or remain in the program.
The City has contracted with Good Energy, L.P., an aggregation consulting firm that assists cities and towns to design and operate Community Choice Electricity Aggregation programs, to develop Fitchburg’s aggregation plan. In addition, Good Energy, L.P. will:
- Create and implement a public outreach and education program on the CCA 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; and
- Develop and submit all required reports to the Mayor, City Council, and DOER.
Good Energy is not affiliated with any electricity supplier.
A critical element of the process leading to approval of the aggregation plan by the DPU is to allow for review of the plan by the residents. The CCA plan is available for public review, as required by State’s DPU approval process, at the Mayor’s Office, 166 Boulder Drive, the Fitchburg Public Library, 610 Main Street, and at Strong Style Coffee, 37 Boulder Drive. The aggregation plan is also available using this link: Petition and Supporting Documents for the Fitchburg Aggregation Plan.
The DPU requires at least a two-week public comment period for residents to review and comment on the plan. Fitchburg’s public review period will be held from July 21 to September 3, 2020. While the City 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 must be presented at the City Council meeting to be considered.
Written comments will be accepted until Thursday, September 3, 2020, and can be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by US Mail to:
Fitchburg City Hall
166 Boulder Drive, Suite 108
Fitchburg, MA 01420
Oral comments can be offered at a public hearing to be held during the Fitchburg City Council Meeting on Thursday, September 3, 2020 for any residents who wish to comment on the municipal aggregation plan. A representative of the aggregation consultant, Good Energy, LP, will be present at the public hearing to answer any questions.
Please note that you will not be contacted with a personal call or a visit about your electricity or renewable energy, and anyone doing so is not affiliated with the City, the utility or the State. Private companies continue to solicit Fitchburg residents and businesses for their electricity business and are not related to this program.