Community Choice Aggregation

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.

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. 

 Lexington solar

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

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



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  • published this page in Our Issues 2016-08-22 10:29:36 -0400
  • commented 2016-06-10 11:09:44 -0400
    Add Acton, MA to the list. Spring Town Meeting 2016 gave selectmen the right to negotiate a CCA program. Parameters to be included are under discussion, but the Town Meeting language explicitly mentioned cleaner energy as part of the reason to enter the program.
  • followed this page 2015-08-25 16:55:14 -0400

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