In a move to help reduce electric costs for residents of Winchester, Massachusetts, the town’s Board of Selectmen recently voted to work with New York-based energy consultant Good Energy.
“This is a great opportunity for the town to save residents money,” Selectman Michael Bettencourt says.
This most recent vote is another step in the process of lowering energy bills for residents. Also, this past May, the board voted to become part of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) with other Massachusetts communities including Arlington, Brookline, Glouchester, Somerville, Stoneham, and Woburn. Joining MAPC allowed Winchester to participate in a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program that Good Energy manages. This CCA allows Good Energy to negotiate lower electric rates for residents.
The plan now must be approved by the state Department of Public Utilities, which may consider the measure in November. Once approved, then Good Energy can negotiate lower rates for residential electricity as soon as February.
This CCA is also flexible, allowing residents of Winchester the ability to opt out. The program is convenient, too, because the electrical supplier remains Eversource, and Winchester residents will continue to contact Eversource for service-related issues.
“The program also allows Winchester to control its energy rates and provides the option to use renewable energy, as well,” says Good Energy Business Development Director Philip Carr. “With Good Energy negotiating to lower energy rates, thousands of residents will benefit.”
The Board of Selectmen estimates that Winchester residents could save about $93 per year, which is similar to what residents of the nearby community of Melrose saves while participating in a Good Energy CCA program.
With the addition of Winchester, Good Energy now represents more than 600,000 households in over 200 energy aggregation programs.