Municipal Energy Aggregation

Canton will be voting on whether to initiate a municipal aggregation program at the upcoming Annual Town Meeting 2021.  Municipal energy aggregation is an action item in the Town's recently updated Master Plan 2035.

An informational public meeting will be held on May 10th, 2021 at 7pm.  Please see the Town calendar for details.

What is municipal aggregation?

Municipal aggregation is the process by which a municipality (meaning Canton, MA) purchases electricity in bulk from a competitive supplier on behalf of the residents and businesses within the community. 

In a municipal aggregation:

  1. Canton would procure competitive electric supply on behalf of participating customers.
  2. Canton could join with other municipalities to procure competitive supply.
  3. Customer participation is voluntary.  Canton will provide customers an opportunity to opt-out of participating in a municipal aggregation program.  Customers who do not opt out will be automatically enrolled in the aggregation program, but may opt out at any time after that.
  4. The electric utility company will continue to provide electric transmission and distribution service to participating customers.

How does a municipality create a municipal aggregation?

A municipality must:

  • Vote to initiate the municipal aggregation program (May 2021).
  • Prepare a municipal aggregation plan in consultation with the Department of Energy Resources, often in partnership with a consultant .
  • Allow an opportunity for citizen review of the municipal aggregation plan.
  • Submit a municipal aggregation plan to the DPU for review and approval.

Which Cities and Towns already have municipal aggregation?

One-hundred and sixty-four (164) cities and towns, or 47% of all cities and towns in Massachusetts, have an approved municipal aggregation program.  Many more Towns are considering it or are in the process of having their plans approved. The nearby towns of Attleboro, Dedham, Easton, Foxborough, Millis, Newton, Natick, Stoughton, and Walpole all have approved plans.  The Town of Sharon is in the process of having their plan approved. For a full listing, including pricing information, click here.  

Where can I learn more?