Timeline for the program development and approval process will follow all steps required by the State statute including local authorization, public review, and approval by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities. Follow the program’s progress with the table below.
September 12, 2020: Town Meeting voted to authorize the Town Administrator to investigate and develop a Community Electricity program. The Town of Boxford selected Good Energy as a consultant to assist in developing and managing the program.
November to December 2021: The Town developed a draft Aggregation Plan including the program’s goals, organization and operation.
December 2021: The draft Aggregation Plan was be made available for public review for a month, followed by a public hearing in January 2022.
June 2022: The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources provided its consultation letter to the Town of Boxford
July 2022: The Town updated its Aggregation Plan to accommodate new requirements for aggregation programs from the Department of Public Utilities. The Town released the updated Plan for public review, with a public hearing on August 29.
The Boxford Select Board will vote on the plan, which will include all comments received during the public review period.
Following the approval by the Boxford Select Board and the Department of Energy Resources, the Town will submit the Aggregation Plan to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) for approval.
Upon approval by the DPU, Boxford will monitor the market and identify the appropriate time to run a competitive bid for electricity supply. Upon selection of an electricity supplier, Boxford will implement an extensive education and outreach campaign to make residents and businesses aware of the upcoming program launch and their choice to participate in the program or leave before it starts (opt out). Participants can also opt out any time after the program has begun without penalty or fee of any kind.