Municipal Aggregation allows local government to combine the purchasing power of its residents so that it can provide them with an alternative electricity supply. Municipal Aggregation is a valuable service that residents and small businesses look for from their local governments. It has proven to be the most effective way to help small consumers manage their electricity bills, and has received overwhelming support wherever it’s implemented.
Some concerns have been expressed about rates by Selectman Simolaris – specifically, that the Town of Chelmsford has a lower rate than Billerica. This is has occurred because the Town of Chelmsford procured this rate much earlier and for a longer period of time. The Town of Billerica was not in the marketplace at that time because the aggregation process takes a significant time to establish. The Town could seek to renegotiate the rates but this would lock us into a longer period of time. At this time it is most prudent to stay with our current rate as it is still extremely competitive in the market. I will continue to monitor the situation and let the BOS no if there is any change.