What if trucks could haul away greenhouse gases as easily as they cart off recyclables? It sounds too good to be true, but dozens of US cities, including nearby Cambridge, are doing just that by picking up bins of food scraps on trash day.
Around the Commonwealth, more than 130 cities and towns have opted for community choice aggregation – pooling residents’ and businesses’ purchasing power to negotiate better electricity prices, and to lock in these rates, avoiding unpredictable price swings. Community choice aggregation (also known as municipal aggregation) is strictly voluntary; customers can easily opt out at any time. And best of all, community choice aggregation can be a key step on the path towards a more sustainable energy portfolio.
Cities opting for community choice can offer residents a renewable-heavy option for prices comparable to – or lower than – the local utility’s standard rate. (Arlington, which began aggregation last year, is now offering residents 50% local renewable energy for less than NSTAR’s basic service.)
If you’re interested in bringing this environmental, affordable option to Quincy residents, join QCAN in fighting for community choice aggregation. Together we can green our grid!
February 25, 2018
The Massachusetts Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change released an ambitious omnibus bill on February 14. If enacted, the bill will keep the Commonwealth on track toward 100% renewable energy by 2050. Attorney General Maura Healey has said Massachusetts needs 50% renewables by 2030 to meet the requirements of the Global Warming Solutions Act, so along with this bill, we will need to continue energy conservation and efficiency and efforts like community aggregation.
This omnibus bill combines other, smaller bills into one package that can be passed together. Some of its most important features include: Continue reading