Bernardston ratepayers to save 4 percent with new energy program
By SHELBY ASHLINE Recorder Staff
Sunday, December 18, 2016
BERNARDSTON — Bernardston residents and business owners will save more than $7,200 on their power bills in the first half of 2017, thanks to the newly created Community Choice Power Supply program.
Such savings is possible due to an agreement between Bernardston and Colonial Power Group, an aggregation consulting firm that works with local and state government to secure reduced electricity rates for communities across New England.
According to a Colonial Power Group press release, the program will help nearly 850 households as well as small business owners to each save 4 percent on their monthly energy bills, a combined savings of around $1,200 per month. The savings will begin with February’s bills, based on January’s meter readings.
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Billerica selectmen accept plan for discounted electricity rates
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at 3:10 PM
By Nick Greenhalgh
Following Town Meeting approval in May, Selectmen have approved a plan allowing the town to shop for discounted electricity rates for residents.
At the Nov. 21, Selectmen voted unanimously to approve the Community Choice Power Supply plan presented to them in October.
Bernard Lynch of Community Paradigm Associates presented the Community Choice Power Supply Program Aggregation plan on behalf of Colonial Power Group at the previous meeting and was in attendance Nov. 21.
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Medway selectmen ink contract with energy consultant
Posted Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016 at 6:20 PM
By Christopher Gavin Daily News Staff
MEDWAY - Selectmen have signed a contract with a consultant who will be responsible for crafting a plan that will set forth how the town can select a less expensive electric supplier.
A new supplier means electricity customers could ultimately see savings on their energy bills.
In a unanimous vote at its meeting Monday night, the board approved the contract with Colonial Power Group, Inc. - the first step toward developing a Community Choice Aggregation Program plan and saving residents some cash.
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5 things to know about Billerica's Community Choice Aggregation Plan
Posted Oct 25, 2016 at 2:44 PM
By Nick Greenhalgh
Following Town Meeting approval in May, the Billerica Board of Selectmen are reviewing a plan that would allow the town to shop for discounted electricity rates for residents.
At the Oct. 24 Board of Selectmen meeting, Bernard Lynch of Community Paradigm Associates presented the Community Choice Power Supply Program Aggregation plan on behalf of Colonial Power Group.
Before the selectmen vote on the plan, learn more about Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) and how it fits in Billerica.
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Marlborough: City OKs electric aggregation contract
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at 7:40 PM
By Jeff Malachowski
Daily News Staff
MARLBOROUGH – The city’s Municipal Aggregation Committee opted to continue the program and approved a six-month contract with TransCanada that will provide electricity to residents at a cheaper rate than National Grid.
The municipal aggregation program allows cities and towns to seek competitive bids to supply electricity to customers in their communities at a lower rate than major electricity providers, such as National Grid. The idea behind an energy aggregation program is that costs for the consumer can be lowered by purchasing and distributing large amounts of energy town- or city-wide rather than each household purchasing it separately. The city has participated in the program for several years, but its contract expires Oct. 31.
City residents have the option of joining the program or receiving service from National Grid. Residents can opt in or out of the aggregation program with no fee.
Under the terms of the agreement with TransCanada, residents will pay 9.585 cents per kilowatt hour. National Grid was offering a basic service rate of 9.878 cents per kilowatt hour. The new rates will be in effect from Nov. 1 to April 30, 2017.
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Tyngsboro Moves to Lower Power Bills
By Amelia Pak-Harvey, firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: 06/17/2016 06:37:28 AM EDT
TYNGSBORO -- Town officials are working on an electricity aggregation plan for Tyngsboro residents that could save them money on their monthly electric bills.
The plan would allow the town to negotiate competitive electricity supply rates for the roughly 5,200 National Grid customers in town, essentially bulk-buying electricity to score lower prices.
With the public-comment period having wrapped up on Thursday, selectmen will soon vote on the plan and submit it to the state Department of Public Utilities for approval.
Residents at a previous Town Meeting authorized selectmen to research and develop a plan for electricity aggregation, a method of pooling the purchase of power that the town already uses for a lower electric bill.
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Small Massachusetts Burg to Save $900K Annually with Community Aggregation
June 1, 2016 By Cheryl Kaften
Residents and business owners in Methuen – a burg of about 47,000 people in Northeastern Massachusetts – will save more than $900,000 annually thanks to the newly created Methuen Community Choice Power Supply Program, Mayor Stephen Zanni announced on May 28.
The city has entered into a two year agreement with Marlborough, Massachusetts-based Colonial Power Group as its broker to facilitate purchasing electricity at a lower rate than the National Grid basic service rate that currently is being charged.
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City's Power Supply Program Promises Savings
By Lisa Kashinsky email@example.com
May 10, 2016
METHUEN — Residents and small businesses in the city will initially see slight savings on their monthly electricity costs under the city new power supply program, with the potential for larger savings later this year as energy prices rise during winter months, according to city officials.
Through the Methuen Community Choice Power Supply program, the city has pooled – or aggregated – the electrical consumption of all of residents and businesses who do not choose to opt out in order to obtain lower supply costs, with the intent of helping those consumers save money on their monthly bills.
The Methuen City Council approved the power supply program last year, and through a bid process selected Marlborough-based Colonial Power Group, Inc., as its broker to facilitate purchasing electricity at a lower rate than the National Grid basic service rate. TransCanada Power Marketing Ltd., of Westborough, was then selected through another bid process as the energy supplier.
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Upton: Selectmen approve energy aggregation plan
By Corin Cook Daily News Staff
Posted May. 3, 2016 at 9:07 PM
UPTON - Selectmen Tuesday voted to approve the energy aggregation plan that will offer residents discounted electricity rates.
Residents initially voted to participate in electricity aggregation at a Town Meeting a couple of years ago. In February, selectmen entered into a consultant agreement with Colonial Power Group, agreeing to allow the group to manage Upton’s aggregation, which will provide discounted energy to participating residents.
According to the aggregation plan, Colonial is able to offer discounted electricity by combining the “buying power of about 7,500 consumers.” Residents can choose to opt in or out of the program at any time without any penalty or delay.
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New Tewksbury Energy Program Will Help Residents and Businesses Save Big
By Liz Taurasi (Patch Staff) - March 30, 2016
TEWKSBURY, MA - The town of Tewksbury and Colonial Power Group, Inc. announced Wednesday they have entered into a five-year agreement to bring significant energy cost-savings to the town’s residents and small businesses through a new initiative.
Tewksbury residents and business owners will save more than $1.4 million in the first 12 months of a five-year agreement, thanks to the newly created Tewksbury Community Choice Power Supply program.
“We’ve seen how the spikes in the cost of electricity can be burdensome for our residents,” said Town Manager Richard Montuori in a statement issued Wednesday. “We’re pleased to work with Colonial Power to offer Tewksbury residents and small business owners the opportunity to have a more stable and lower-cost energy option.”
The new program will help residents and business owners achieve stability and substantial savings on electricity costs. Participating residents and businesses in Tewksbury will see an annual savings of about 19 percent in their monthly energy bills and the program will provide a combined savings of as much as $153,000 per month for the town’s homes and businesses.
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Ashland energy program will allow ratepayers to save $1 million in electricity costs
Posted Mar. 13, 2016
ASHLAND, MA – Ashland residents and business owners will save more than $1 million annually thanks to the newly created Ashland Community Choice Power Supply program.
The Town of Ashland, working with Colonial Power Group, is pleased to announce it has entered into a 12-month agreement to bring significant energy cost-savings to the town’s residents and small businesses through this initiative.
“We recognize that spikes in the cost of electricity can be burdensome for Ashland residents,” said Town Manager Michael Herbert. “We are excited to work with Colonial Power to provide a lower cost energy option for the benefit of our residents and small business owners.”
The new rate will help residents and business owners achieve considerable savings on electricity costs. Ashland’s residents will experience an annual savings of up to 20 percent in their monthly energy bills and the program will provide a combined savings of as much as $106,000 per month for the town’s homes and businesses.
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Franklin council approves power plan
By Mike Gleason Daily News Staff
Posted Mar. 10, 2016 at 7:28 PM
FRANKLIN - The Town Council approved a municipal energy aggregation plan with the hopes that it will save local electricity customers money on their bills.
The council heard a presentation about the merits of an agreement with Colonial Power Group during its Wednesday meeting.
Representatives from the group, as well as the consulting firm Community Paradigm Associate, gave a brief slideshow presentation about municipal aggregation, which would have the town seek bids from power suppliers. Municipal aggregation options, they said, typically save customers money and - since the town can determine the length of its contract - can enjoy more stability from rate fluctuations.
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Upton enters electricity aggregation
By Corin Cook Daily News Staff
Posted Feb. 16, 2016 at 9:07 PM
UPTON - Selectmen entered into a consultant agreement Tuesday with Colonial Power Group for an electrical aggregation that will provide discounted electricity for participating residents.
Colonial is an energy consultant group that designs, implements and manages electricity aggregation for 35 cities and towns in Massachusetts.
Colonial is able to offer discounted electricity because the company has the ability to purchase electricity several times a year, whereas companies such as National Grid are limited to purchasing only a couple of specific days a year when rates may not be ideal.
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Mendon signs contract with aggregation group
By Corin Cook/Daily News Staff
Posted Jan. 26, 2016 at 9:04 PM
MENDON - Selectmen entered into a consultant agreement Monday with Colonial Power Group, which will be handling the town’s electrical aggregation that will provide discounted electricity for residents.
The energy consultant group plans and manages aggregation programs in several communities.
Representatives from Colonial, Bernie Lynch and Brian Murphy, met with selectmen Monday to discuss Colonial’s qualifications and its request to do business with the town.
Colonial, Lynch said, is the “leading aggregation consultant in the state. They come highly recommended from all of their clients across the commonwealth ranging in size from several hundred residents in some communities to the largest being the city of Lowell with over 108,000 people.”
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Pittsfield considering cost-saving measure for Eversource customers
Posted: 01/13/2016 03:57:20 PM EST
PITTSFIELD — The city is looking to group purchasing of electricity that could provide cheaper, greener power to thousands of local Eversource customers.
Under a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) plan under consideration by the Pittsfield Green Commission, an energy consultant would assist municipal officials in buying the most cost-effective electricity for the city's home and business owners.
Eversource would remain the distributor, but the city would choose the supplier — with the potential savings realized only on the supply side of one's electric bill, according to Mark Cappadona, president of Colonial Power Group in Marlborough.
"You're truly bringing choice to the community," he said at Monday's commission meeting.
Pittsfield hired Colonial to help develop its CCA, which requires City Council approval and would be administered through the mayor's office, aided by Colonial. The city would begin to solicit offers from electricity suppliers after the state Department of Public Utilities gives the final OK to the accord.
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Town pursues plan to lower residents' electric bills
Posted: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 3:20 am
SALISBURY — Town officials have taken a step that could lead to lower and more stable electric rates for residents and local businesses.
At their meeting Monday night, the Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to accept the Electricity Aggregation Plan offered by Colonial Power Group of Marlborough, through its Community Choice Power Supply Program.
Through aggregation, communities can consolidate the amount of electricity used by its population — the electricity load — and have a broker seek a better rate per kilowatt-hour for their residents and businesses than is offered by large energy distributors, like National Grid.
CPG offers communities its services and acts as the agent and broker, going out for bid to energy suppliers in order to get the best price, according to Brian Murphy. CPG will also run the program, he said, all at no cost to taxpayers.
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LOWELL SAVING $9.5M ON ENERGY
LOWELL - City residents and business owners will save a combined $9.5 million on their energy bills in the next six months thanks to a program that combines all buildings and homes across the city for greater purchasing power.
The savings, representing a discount of about 22 percent, have already begun. A new three-year contract went into effect Sept. 29, and consumers are automatically enrolled. Anyone can opt out at any time, however.
"It would be crazy to opt out," City Manager Kevin Murphy said Tuesday at a City Council meeting where the program was announced.
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Crying foul over cost of power
It was a tough week for customers of National Grid, the power company that serves 17 Berkshire communities. Residences and businesses that hook up to WMECO will have their turn to voice outrage in about six weeks when that utility releases its January to June 2015 rates.
"Rate shock" is what Attorney General Martha Coakley called the exorbitant spike in electricity delivery rates that National Grid will be billing in November through April. The Democratic candidate for governor is in a tight race against Republican Charlie Baker, but she probably would have pushed back anyway.
.....But we can praise the Berkshire communities whose leaders had the foresight to see all this coming, and to partner up for a bulk purchase of electricity supply from Colonial Power Group at a 25 percent lower rate than National Grid is now charging. National Grid will remain responsible for transmission and final delivery, so if a line goes down, that’s who you’re gonna call.
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Our Opinion: Power in numbers
The bulk-purchase agreement by 10 Berkshire towns that will partially ease the anticipated dramatic increase in electricity costs this winter is welcome but doesn’t change the suspect nature of the dramatic hikes. It is assuredly an endorsement of the wisdom of Berkshire communities working together whenever possible.
National Grid is forecasting a 37 percent increase in rates this winter and WMECO is sure to follow suit. The bulk-purchase agreement with the innovative Colonial Power Group (Eagle, Oct. 3) should result in rate hikes of about 24 percent -- bad enough but not as bad. The increases, attributed to a shortage of natural gas at a time when a natural gas pipeline expansion is planned for the Berkshires, raises concerns that invite exploration by the office of the state attorney general.
In an increasingly challenging economic era, Berkshire communities must work together in areas like energy, education, tourism and job creation, among others. This agreement with Colonial Power provides an ideal example of the benefits of such cooperation.
LANCASTER TOWN ADMINISTRATOR KNOWS WHAT’S WATT
Solar Farm to Provide Green Power to Town
LANCASTER, MA (Nov. 18, 2013) – Orlando Pacheco, the Town Administrator of Lancaster, has been on the cutting edge of energy issues for years. And he recently added another innovation to his considerable track record. Last month, the Town of Lancaster chose Hampshire Power, a local, non-profit electricity supplier in Massachusetts, as its power supplier for the town’s electricity customers.
And here is the new twist on this year-old program: As part of its effort to support local renewable energy, Hampshire Power also agreed to purchase the Solar Renewable Energy Credits (“SRECs”) generated by Lancaster’s Solar Farm. The purchase ensures that the town receives fair value for the SRECS and also ensures that a portion of the electricity delivered to the consumers of Lancaster is local, renewable energy.
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Lunenburg Electricity Rates Drop
LUNENBURG (Dec. 3, 2013) - Residents will again see a decrease in their electric rates beginning this month after the town successfully negotiated a new municipal aggregation plan with the help of Colonial Power Group.
The new rate, which will last from this month through June, will be $0.09215 per kilowatt hour. Then, from June 2014 through next November, the price will fall to $0.077/kWh.
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