Community Choice Aggregation
Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is a program that allows Massachusetts municipalities to voluntarily bundle or "aggregate" the electrical purchasing power of its households, effectively creating a town-wide buying group. By doing this, the town can establish contracts to obtain electrical services that are more responsive to community interests — either lower cost or "greener" sources of the electricity supply. By aggregating, a town gains leverage to negotiate better individual rates with competitive suppliers, as well as determining various options for green power sources. The household gets to pick the type of service it wants — this is the "choice."
A Town Meeting vote is required to authorize the Select Board to initiate exploration of the CCA program. Approval of the Warrant Article at Town Meeting would allow Shutesbury to investigate electricity suppliers, to seek competitive bids on source options, and eventually to contract an electrical supplier that meets our needs (or to reject all bids and keep the status quo).
In the meantime, you can check out:
Dec. 7, 2022 Information forum video and slides
Aggregation FAQs webpage. And you’ll find references for aggregation at the top of our Articles and Reports webpage.
CCA Handout for Jan. 2023 Special Town Meeting
Household Energy Survey —
Online from May 14th through midnight, June 12th.
Survey results are tabulated here.
What subsidies are available in the Inflation Reduction Act? You can calculate your savings here.
Environment America's Clean Energy Home Toolkit has ideas for weatherizing and electrifying your home.
What is MassSave? How does it help?
Click on MyENERGY/Home at (the top of) MassSave and enter your zip code for 01072-specific info.