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. 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 Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at 9 a.m. through Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org; 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.
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.