Written by Sarah Shemkus
A new report finds cities and towns are lowering residents’ electric bills and emissions by negotiating for green power.
The growing number of Massachusetts cities and towns that have negotiated community-wide rates for green energy have saved millions of dollars while also shrinking their carbon footprints, according to a new report released last week.
“The data shows we’re kind of shattering expectations,” said Larry Chretien, executive director of the Green Energy Consumers Alliance, the nonprofit group that put out the report. “You can add green power and still provide consumers with an opportunity to save money.”
The model, known as green municipal aggregation, has its roots in a 1997 law that restructured the state’s electricity markets. One provision of the law allowed towns and cities to negotiate directly with power suppliers on behalf of their residents, using the promise of a built-in customer base to secure longer-term rates they hoped would be lower than the default utility rates, which change every six months.
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