Mayor Stephanie M. Burke is excited to announce that Municipal Aggregation will be coming to the City of Medford.
Municipal aggregation is a form of group purchasing that allows the City to negotiate, on behalf of the businesses and residents, a better contract for electricity supply than is provided through National Grid’s default rate. On February 6th, the City Council voted to approve the language submitted by the Mayor, authorizing the City to begin developing an aggregation plan for the City.
The City will now engage a consultant to guide us through a public process to develop an aggregation plan over the next few months. The plan must meet the goals of the community as well as the requirements under state law. Once completed, this plan will be submitted to the City Council for approval prior to its submission to the Department of Public Utilities (DPU), for their approval.
There are three major benefits to a municipal aggregation. The first is lower rates for residents. Secondly, residents will see price consistency and favorable contract terms. The City will be able to lock in one rate for up to three years and residents will have the option to opt out of this program at any time with no penalty. Third, the City will have the ability to negotiate a large purchase of “green” renewable energy on behalf of residents, while still lowering the cost of household electric bills.
Mayor Burke stated, “I’m thrilled that the Medford City Council is showing their support for the City’s Energy Plan with its vote to move forward with municipal aggregation last night. This program is considered a municipal “best practice” and will allow the City to provide more support for residents and businesses with their utility bills.”
Alicia Hunt, Director of Energy and Environment said, “We want to assure any residents who currently receive income-eligible discounts on their utility bills that they will continue to see those discounts as well as take advantage of the negotiated rates. Additionally, members of the Medford Energy & Environment Committee will be staffing tables at public events throughout the year to help people understand their electric bills and this program.”
If you have any questions, please contact Alicia Hunt in the Office of Energy & Environment at 781-393-2137 or firstname.lastname@example.org.