Municipal Electricity Aggregation

Welcome to the Nantucket PowerChoice electricity aggregation program!

 

The Town of Nantucket has developed a plan for an electricity aggregation program, which will be called Nantucket Power Choice. Electricity aggregation is a form of group purchasing in which a town strategically procures electricity supply on behalf of its citizens. Aggregation is allowed by Massachusetts law and is growing in popularity as an alternative to volatile utility electricity pricing.

  • Nantucket Power Choice benefits include potentially lower rates, rate stability, the option to include more renewable energy in the program than National Grid delivers through Basic Service, no hidden fees or penalties, and the addition of a new electricity supply option to the island. The Town uses a competitive bidding process to choose an electricity supplier. The program was approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities on November 22, 2016. The target launch of the Nantucket PowerChoice program is March 2017.

    All Nantucket residents and businesses that currently receive National Grid Basic Service will be automatically enrolled in Nantucket Power Choice. Anyone who has already established a contract with their own electricity supplier will not be enrolled. Residents and businesses that do not wish to participate in Nantucket Power Choice will have the freedom to opt out of the program and remain with National Grid. After program launch, residents and businesses can continue to opt out at any time with no penalty.

  • Learn more about the program by visiting the Program website: masspowerchoice.com/Nantucket   

    For more information, please contact:

    Lauren Sinatra
    Energy Coordinator
    Town of Nantucket
    lsinatra@nantucket-ma.gov
    508-325-5379

    Aggregation Workplan and Timeline
     
    Phase I: Planning & Town Review

    • October 27, 2015:  Town issues an RFP for municipal electric aggregation consulting services
    • January 4, 2016: Internal selection committee, comprised of Town staff and resident taxpayers with financial expertise, evaluate the three proposals received from the leading aggregation consultants in the Commonwealth
    • January 29, 2016: The selection committee conducts interviews with the bidding consultants, and unanimously chose Peregrine Energy Group as the best match for Nantucket's Aggregation.
    • April 2, 2016: Article 104 at the 2016 Annual Town Meeting unanimously approved, allowing the Town to initiate the development of a municipal aggregation
    • April 13, 2016: Peregrine Energy Group makes public presentation to the Nantucket Board of Selectmen and presents a draft Aggregation Plan for public review; initiates the public outreach campaign
    • April 13 - May 6, 2016:  Public Comment Period Open for Draft Aggregation Plan

    Phase II: Regulatory Review

    Phase III: Energy Supply Contract Negotiations

    • August, 2016: Outreach to electric suppliers/bidders
    • October, 2016: Issue Request for Qualifications
    • November 2016: Request for Indicative Prices
    • December 2016: Request for Executable Prices/ Choose Supplier

    Phase IV: Formal Public Outreach & Education Campaign

    • January 2017: Send out outreach materials and host public events
    • January 2017-Ongoing: Set up Hotline and field citizen phone calls

    PROGRAM LAUNCH: March 1, 2017!

    Nantucket PowerChoice Logo

    Downloadable Brochure

    MEA brochure