Boston prepares to dive into energy buying business after much delay

By District Energy posted 6 days ago

  

Riley Villiers, The Daily Free Press

Summary

Despite some delays, Boston is entering into the energy buying business with a push from the mayor’s office to jumpstart programs that will obtain electricity for the City.

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and his administration announced Aug. 22 that they will begin requesting information from consulting firms who would assist in the creation of Boston’s electricity aggregation programs.

Last week, Walsh finally began to solicit firms to help move the process along. The goal, according to the Mayor’s office, is to make renewable energy more accessible to Boston residents.

“This is a big step toward rolling out Community Choice Aggregation because it will provide the expertise we need to get it done,”  Walsh said in a press release. “We still need to make smart decisions on how to shape a program that’s best for Boston residents and can deliver on our commitment to clean energy.”

Dozens of Massachusetts municipalities already have energy aggregation – or community choice – programs, and now Boston is following suit. This provides a framework for what Boston consumers can expect to see when the City makes the switch to renewable energy, said Andy Wells-Bean, the campaign coordinator for Boston Climate Action Network.

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