Implementation Process

The Implementation Process

The primary steps of an aggregation implementation are as follows:

Initial vote of community approval Massachusetts aggregations must be voted on and approved by the community. If you are a Town Meeting community, this typically occurs at Town Meeting.
 
Aggregation plan
development
An aggregation plan is developed that lays out the way the program will work. The aggregation plan is made available for a period of public comment.
 
Aggregation plan
approval by the state
The aggregation plan is submitted for regulatory review and approval to:

  • Department of Energy Resources (DOER)
  • Department of Public Utilities (DPU)

This process typically requires at least six months, sometimes longer.
 

Electricity supplier
selection and contract
negotiation
Once a community’s aggregation plan is approved, it is time to select an electricity supplier. That involves:

  • Developing and issuing an RFP that specifies the desired mix of renewable energy
  • Evaluating the bids received and selecting the bid that offers the strongest combination of environmental benefits and price
  • Negotiating a contract with the winning supplier
     
Public education
and outreach
Implement a public education and outreach campaign that informs all electricity customers in the community about the aggregation, pricing, and the right to opt out. All citizens have the right to opt out of the aggregation and return to the utility’s Basic Service at any time, at no cost.
 
Program launch After the public education campaign, the program launches, with enrollment occurring on the first meter read after the launch date.
 
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