Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is a program towns and cities can use to switch everyone in the town who is on basic service over to cleaner energy. An energy broker helps the community purchase the amount of energy which best fits their needs. Residents may opt out at any time. The energy is still distributed and billed through the town's original utility (i.e. Eversource or National Grid).
Community Choice Aggregation allows residents and small businesses to seamlessly switch to more renewable energy.
- See MCAN's two page handout on CCA here
- See MCAN' s "power half hour" TV show about CCA here, with guests from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Synapse Energy, and the Sustainable Lexington Committee
- You can also look at the presentation from our August 26th webinar on CCA here (the file is large)
- View an example of how CCA is being implemented in the entire northern Berkshires area here
MCAN chapters, contact us for information on getting started!
Success Story: Melrose
Melrose is one of the towns furthest along in implementing clean energy community aggregation. They are in the process of getting town and state approval for a plan.
Their current broker, Good Energy, supplies more renewables than National Grid. In addition, Melrose has partnered with MassEnergy to provide a higher number of renewables, more local jobs, and to save money overall.
Success Story: Lexington
Community aggregation was approved in Lexington during a town meeting in March 2015. Their next step is to issue an Request for Proposals (RFP) to hire an energy broker, who will then help them make a seamless transition to cleaner energy. Once a broker is hired the process can take between twelve and fifteen months to complete.
Some chapters working on Community Aggregation: (as of August 2016)
Acushnet, Attleboro, Carver, Dartmouth, Dedham, Dighton, Douglas, Dracut, Fairhaven, Fall River, Freetown, Marion, Mattapoiset, New Bedford, Northbridge, Norton, Plainville, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Somerset, Swansea, Westport, Westford - all passed but no additional clean energy purchase above the Renewable Portfolio Standard (if you live in one of these towns and want to help get greener energy, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Acton - Passed town meeting and in conversations about buying clean energy
Melrose - approved, 5% Additional clean energy started Sept 2015
Lexington - passed town meeting with a focus on buying clean energy
Winchester - passed town meeting with a focus on buying clean energy
Brookline - passed town meeting, 25% additional clean energy
Somerville, Cambridge - early stages, with a focus on buying clean energy
Newton - residential aggregation
Greenfield - residential aggregation