Municipal Electricity Aggregation
Welcome to the Nantucket Power Choice electricity aggregation program!
The Town of Nantucket is developing a plan for an electricity aggregation program, which will be called Nantucket Power Choice. Electricity aggregation is a form of group purchasing in which a town strategically procures electricity supply on behalf of its citizens. Aggregation is allowed by Massachusetts law and is growing in popularity as an alternative to volatile utility electricity pricing.
Click here to download the Nantucket Aggregation Plan.
Click here for the Notice of Filing and Public Hearing
Nantucket Power Choice benefits include potentially lower rates, rate stability, the option to include more renewable energy in the program than National Grid delivers through Basic Service, no hidden fees or penalties, and the addition of a new electricity supply option to the island. The Town will use a competitive bid process to choose an electricity supplier. The program will launch once the Town’s aggregation plan is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities. The target launch is early 2017.
All Nantucket residents and businesses that currently receive National Grid Basic Service will be automatically enrolled in Nantucket Power Choice. Anyone who has already established a contract with their own electricity supplier will not be enrolled. Residents and businesses that do not wish to participate in Nantucket Power Choice will have the freedom to opt out of the program and remain with National Grid. After program launch, residents and businesses can continue to opt out at any time with no penalty.
Learn more about the program by reading the draft aggregation plan and associated FAQ.
For more information, please contact:
Town of Nantucket
Aggregation Workplan and Tentative Timeline
Phase I: Planning & Town Review
- October 27, 2015: Town issues an RFP for municipal electric aggregation consulting services
- January 4, 2016: Internal selection committee, comprised of Town staff and resident taxpayers with financial expertise, evaluate the three proposals received from the leading aggregation consultants in the Commonwealth
- January 29, 2016: The selection committee conducts interviews with the bidding consultants, and unanimously chose Peregrine Energy Group as the best match for Nantucket's Aggregation.
- April 2, 2016: Article 104 at the 2016 Annual Town Meeting unanimously approved, allowing the Town to initiate the development of a municipal aggregation
- April 13, 2016: Peregrine Energy Group makes public presentation to the Nantucket Board of Selectmen and presents a draft Aggregation Plan for public review; initiates the public outreach campaign
- April 13 - May 6, 2016: Public Comment Period Open for Draft Aggregation Plan
Phase II: Regulatory Review
- May 18, 2016: Meeting with the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) on Aggregation Plan
- June 21, 2016: Town of Nantucket submits "Petition for Approval of Municipal Aggregation Plan" to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Docket 16-92.
- July-October 2016: Review of Aggregation Plan by the Department of Public Utilities
- September 9, 2016 @ 2pm: DPU Public Hearing of Aggregation Plan
- November 22, 2016: DPU Approves Aggregation Plan
Phase III: Energy Supply Contract Negotiations
- July-August, 2016: Outreach to electric suppliers/bidders
- September-October, 2016: Issue Request for Qualifications
- November 2016: Request for Indicative Prices
- December 2016: Request for Executable Prices/ Choose Supplier
Phase IV: Formal Public Outreach & Education Campaign
- December 2016-January 2017: Send out outreach materials and host public events
- December 2016-Ongoing: Set up Hotline and field citizen phone calls
PROGRAM LAUNCH: February 1, 2017!