Massachusetts was the first state to pass aggregation legislation, and it has the country’s longest-running CCA. Launched in 1997, the Cape Light Compact is partnering on an 18.2MW new solar installation, runs extensive energy efficiency programs, and advocates for its customers on the regulatory front.
Marlborough has an established aggregation program, and Lunenberg has received approval of its aggregation program. Three other towns have submitted aggregation plans to the Department of Public Utilities for approval. The Hampshire Council of Governments is expanding service to residential customers through CCA.
Members of the state legislature have expressed interest in CCA as a potential renewables procurement and energy efficiency platform. The state’s ambitious Green Communities Act, top energy efficiency ranking by the ACEEE, and vigorous pursuit of offshore wind development create a clean power context for Massachusetts CCAs.
State law prohibits a profit mark-up on the energy supply portion of utility services. As a result, electric utilities have little motivation to oppose CCA formation in Massachusetts.
MASSACHUSETTS CCA FAST FACTS
- 2012 rate savings expected from the newly approved Town of Lunenberg’s CCA: 5%
- Year that Senator Matt Montigny (D-New Bedford) passed CCA legislation: 1997
- Number of customers served by the Cape Light Compact CCA through its contract with Con Edison Solutions: 200,000
- Number of jurisdictions in the Compact: 21
- Year the Cape & Vineyard Electricity Cooperative (Cooperative) was formed as a sister agency to the Compact for the stabilization of electricity rates through the development of renewable generation: 2007
- Number of municipal Cooperative members, including the Compact: 19
- Number of wind turbines that the Cooperative plans to develop by 2022: 20
- New solar projects that the Cooperative has under contract with American Capital Energy: 18.2MW
- Number of customers served by Marlborough’s CCA: 16,000
- Number of entities served by the Massachusetts municipal aggregation Hampshire Power: 100
- Year that Hampshire Power began enrolling residential customers into its program through CCA: 2012
- Amount invested annually in energy efficiency measures by the Cape Light Compact: $13M
- Number of affordable housing units built to LEED-H standards with assistance from the Compact: 55
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Annual savings to Cape Light customers from cumulative efficiency measures