September 2020: Town Meeting authorized the Select Board to investigate and develop a Community Electricity Program. Town then retained consultant to assist in developing and managing the program. Good Energy, L.P was selected by the Town.
November 2020 – April 2021: The Town convened a design team of interested stakeholders to work with the consultant and Town staff to develop a draft Aggregation Plan. The team worked over six months to develop the draft plan. The draft plan describes program organization, operation, electricity products and management.
May 2021: Provide opportunity for public review of Aggregation Plan: Read the draft aggregation plan.
The public hearing was held on Monday, May 17, 2021 at the Select Board meeting.
The Town also consulted on its Aggregation Plan with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and received its consultation letter.
July 2021: The Town submitted its Aggregation Plan to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) for approval on July 7, 2021. It is docket number 21-77.
The following activities have taken place as part of DPU review:
- 7/29/2021 – DPU assigned Hearing Officer
- 10/21/2021 – DPU held public hearing
- 6/8/2022 – DPU issued first set of information requests to Town
- 7/15/2022 – Town provided response to DPU information request
- 10/13/2022 – Town Manager’s Office sent a letter to DPU requesting DPU to expedite its review process. Read the letter here.
- Current: Awaiting DPU to issue order for program approval
Step seven: Procure bids for electricity supply; notify community and launch program.
Upon approval by the DPU, Andover will monitor the market and identify the appropriate time to run a competitive bid for electricity supply. Upon selection of an electricity supplier, Andover will implement an extensive education and outreach campaign to make residents and businesses aware of the upcoming program launch and their choice to participate in the program or leave before it starts (opt out). Participants can also opt out any time after the program has begun without penalty or fee of any kind.