Aggregation Program Expansion Announcement

Lowell Officials Have Released the City’s Revised Community Choice Power Supply Program Aggregation Plan

On December 6, 2012, the City of Lowell filed with the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) a petition for approval of its Aggregation Plan pursuant to M.G.L. c. 164, § 134. The DPU docketed the City’s original petition as D.P.U. 12-124. On November 27, 2013, the DPU issued an Order approving the City’s Aggregation Plan, concluding that it was consistent with the requirements established in M.G.L. c. 164, § 134. Under the City’s existing Aggregation Plan, which was initially revised on August 18, 2014, docketed as D.P.U. 14-100 and ultimately approved by the DPU on April 15, 2015, the City has established a Community Choice Power Supply Program in which the City aggregates the load of electric consumers located within the City’s borders in order to procure competitive supply of electricity for Program participants. Eligible consumers are automatically enrolled in the Program unless they choose to opt-out. The City retained Colonial Power Group, Inc. (CPG) as a consultant to assist in the design, implementation, and administration of the Plan and Program.

The City of Lowell’s latest revised Aggregation Plan remains consistent with the requirements of M.G.L. c. 164, § 134. The revised Plan addresses the required provisions for organizational structure, operations, funding, activating and terminating the Plan, methods for entering and terminating agreements, rate setting and other costs to participants, universal access, equitable treatment of ratepayers, reliability, and rights and responsibilities of participants. The revised Plan, similar to other Community Choice Power Supply Programs administered by CPG, incorporates several innovative features that best address these requirements in the context of the objectives of the City. An additional purpose of the revised Plan is to pursue energy efficiency programs for the benefit of the City’s consumers. Pursuant to the DPU’s Order in D.P.U. 14-100, City of Lowell’s Revised Municipal Aggregation Plan (March 2, 2015), the City has distributed the revised Plan for public review prior to submitting it to the DPU.

Public Review and Comment Period

The City of Lowell’s Aggregation Plan is available for public review and comment from Monday, August 13, 2018, at 9 a.m. through Friday, August 31, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.

Any person who desires to comment may do so in person at the City Clerk’s office or submit written comments using one of the following methods: (1) by e-mail to pferreira@lowellma.gov; or (2) by postal mail to the address below.

Comments must be clearly marked City of Lowell’s Aggregation Plan and must be received (not postmarked) by the end of the comment period in order to be addressed.

 Philip Ferreira

The City of Lowell

Department of Planning and Development

50 Arcand Drive

Lowell, MA 01852

 Any questions pertaining to this should be directed to Philip Ferreira, Director of Housing & Energy Programs at (978) 674-1410.

Click here  to read the City of Lowell’s Aggregation Plan. An original hard copy of the Plan is also available at the City Clerk’s office.