The Energy Consumer's Bulletin- a New England energy news blog

Are you getting greenwashed by your electricity supplier?

Posted by Erin Taylor on Tuesday, August 07, 2018 @ 10:17 AM

Been hearing from "green electricity" suppliers like CleanChoice Energy? You want to support the generation of electricity from renewable sources, but how do you know if a green power program will use your dollars to speed our transition to clean energy? How would you know whether your purchase of green power is actually contributing to shifting the mix of electricity that powers our electric grid away from fossil fuels?

These are valid questions that we, as a non-profit energy organization working in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and offering a program that allows you to make the switch to renewable energy, get asked every day. So here it is: Green Power Bootcamp, in a blog.

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Tags: competitive suppliers, municipal aggregation, electricity, renewable energy

Where are the new renewables coming from?

Posted by Yaima Braga on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 03:48 PM

If you’ve looked at our local resources map recently you’ve noticed that Mass Energy/People’s Power & Light is now supporting more renewable energy sources than ever before. This has been made possible thanks to the contribution of our members who made the switch to green electricity, and to the commitment of seven (7) communities that wanted their electricity to come from local, clean energy resources and made it happen through a process called Green Municipal Aggregation.

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Tags: renewable energy, municipal aggregation

New Report on Green Municipal Aggregation (GMA) in Massachusetts

Posted by Indiana Reid-Shaw on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 03:30 PM

Municipal Aggregation is easier than it sounds. Mass Energy’s new paper explains the nuts and bolts of this bulk purchase of electricity and ways in which several Massachusetts communities are using the GMA model we helped to design to drive demand for new renewables while reducing their own carbon footprints.

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Tags: municipal aggregation

Communities Hitting Home Runs with Green Power

Posted by Larry Chretien on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 03:56 PM

We’ve been saying for a while that communities should exercise their right to choose their electricity supply because it’s a cost-effective way to increase renewable energy content. Today we have further proof that Green Municipal Aggregation (GMA) or Community Choice Energy (CCE), whatever you want to call it, works!

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Tags: municipal aggregation

Communities choosing renewable energy is now a big thing

Posted by Larry Chretien on Thursday, August 03, 2017 @ 12:07 PM

Massachusetts is one of a few states allowing cities and towns to aggregate consumers for the purchase of electricity. In the last year, we have seen a good number of communities take the opportunity to do just that in ways that are bringing on significantly more renewable energy than required by state law.  The first to commit was Melrose, followed by Dedham. Both started their programs in January 2016. But this year, many more are following suit in the world of “Green Municipal Aggregation” or “Community Choice Energy”.  This summer, programs are starting in Arlington, Brookline, Cambridge, Lexington, Somerville, Sudbury, and Winchester.

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Tags: Massachusetts, municipal aggregation

Green Municipal Aggregation: Communities Getting Good Energy

Posted by Larry Chretien on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

Many cities and towns around Massachusetts are getting into municipal aggregation, a community-wide, bulk purchase of electricity. But the City of Melrose and the Town of Dedham have taken the concept a step beyond all others. With the guidance of their consultant, Good Energy, Melrose and Dedham will be supplied with 16% local, post-1997 renewable energy instead of the 11% required by state law. That important 5% additional increment will be supplied by Mass Energy. The increase from 11% to 16% is actually a 45% increase in the amount of renewable energy!

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Tags: municipal aggregation

Municipal Aggregation: An Opportunity for Local Renewable Energy

Posted by Larry Chretien on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 @ 12:24 PM

For some time now in Massachusetts, you have been able to choose green power for your home or business. And for some time, your community has been able to choose an electricity supplier to serve the entire town. Today, we can put the two ideas together: renewable energy by community choice.

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Tags: electricity, municipal aggregation, renewable energy