The Medford aggregation plan contains legal documents, technical options for the opt-out process and communication and outreach plan. It also contains the most recent improvements and updates according to both the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) as of the time we received it from Good Energy. The Massachusetts Good Energy Team continually reviews DPU municipal aggregation dockets for the most recent decisions and aggregation plan improvements. The vote of the City Council to approve the aggregation plan and submit the aggregation plan to DOER and DPU is to accept the general concept of aggregation under the municipal aggregation law (MGL Chapter 164, Section 134(a)).
Here is a summary of what you can find in the document, it is not everything, but is intended to draw your attention to the highlights. My page numbers refer to pages of the PDF, as the page numbers refer to sub-documents in the file. Download the full document here.
|3-6||Formal Petition to DPU for approval of this plan|
|7-29||Historical overview of aggregation in Medford, including certified City Council vote, contract to hire Good Energy, placeholders for City Council vote approving this plan, DOER comments on this plan, public comments on this plan.|
|30||Start of proposed Plan|
|32||Key features include price protection, Consumer protection, green energy option amounts (default – 5%, options to 0% or 100% green)|
|34||Statement of statutory requirements (who needs to comment on the plan)|
|35||Organizational structure of the program – Plan is approved by the City Council and the Mayor and that the Mayor will designate someone to oversee the plan and bidding process. Defines role of the Aggregation Consultant, Competitive Supplier (they provide customer support, including staffing an 800 number for questions, Buying Group (We may choose to combine our procurement with other communities to benefit from collective purchasing to get a better price.)|
|36||Operational steps of the process are detailed including how an RFP is issued, minimum criteria for bidders, summary of Terms and Conditions bidders will be required to agree to, statement that the City can choose to reject all bids and repeat the solicitation if none of the bids are satisfactory. Description of how RECs for green supply are procured.|
|38||Continuation of Operational steps including information on public education program. This includes:|
· Public announcement
· Dedicated webpages
· Public meetings, both city-wide and targeted
· Toll-free customer information and support line
· Additional informational documents
|39||Details of the 30-day opt-out notice|
|40||Enrollment of customers on Basic Service who do not opt-out.|
|41||Funding – Administrative costs are covered by aggregation fee set at $0.001 per kWh|
|42||Allows the city to repeat the process in the future.|
Description of how people can opt out and that they are protected by MA state law consumer protections.
|43|| How the program can be extended or terminated.|
Start of information on how the program guarantees universal access under equitable terms.
|44||Statements on reliability, including that the Local Distribution Company (National Grid) will continue to provide the physical delivery of power supply.|
Descriptions of how all customer classes are treated equitably.
|46||Illustrative schedule for after the Competitive Supplier RFP is issued.|
|48-52||Customer Enrollment, Opt-Out and Opt-In Procedures|
|53-54||Program notice letter, sometimes called “opt-out letter”|
|55||Opt-out envelope & return card|
|57-64||Public Outreach & Education Plan – note that this is a proposed plan and additional outreach can be added at any time, even after the Aggregation plan is approved by DPU.|
|65-103||Draft Contract with Competitive Supplier|