Step one: In September 2020, Town Meeting authorized the Select Board to investigate and develop a Community Electricity Program.
Step two: Town retained consultant to assist in developing and managing the program. Good Energy, L.P was selected by the Town.
Step three: 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 from November 2020 through April 2021 to develop the draft plan. The draft plan describes program organization, operation, electricity products and management.
Step four: Submit Aggregation Plan to the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) for consultation.
Step six: Submit Aggregation Plan to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) for 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.