By John Laidler GLOBE CORRESPONDENT DECEMBER 15, 2017
Stoughton residents and businesses will collectively save about $650,000 over the next six months through a new municipal aggregation program the town is initiating starting with the January meter read, according to officials.
Authorized by state law, municipal aggregation programs allow cities and towns to contract with a power supplier to provide electricity to all their residents and businesses at a negotiated rate below what the local utility would charge.
The contract can also provide for some of the purchased electricity to come from renewable sources.
With the help of its consultant, Colonial Power Group, Stoughton entered into a six-month contract with NextEra Energy Services, of Houston, that will provide a combined average savings of nearly $108,000 per month for the town’s homes and businesses, or an average monthly savings of 11 percent, according to Pamela McCarthy, the town’s economic development director.
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Ratepayers will also be able to select a 100 percent green energy option.
Stoughton was among about 13 communities in the Old Colony Planning Council region that jointly hired Colonial Power to help them in implementing energy aggregation programs.
All local National Grid basic service customers will be automatically enrolled in the program, known as the Stoughton Community Choice Power Supply program, unless they opt out.
Customers will continue to receive a single bill from National Grid and see no change to their service.
For more information, contact Colonial Power Group at 866-485-5858, ext. 1.
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