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Greenfield is one step closer to green electricity

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has approved Greenfield’s municipal aggregation plan to bring green electricity to utility customers.

“We are grateful for DOER’s review and approval, and look forward to bringing a new era of electricity purchasing to Greenfield to benefit the community,” said Mayor William Martin.

According to the Mayor’s office, municipal aggregation is a form of group purchasing in which a city or town arranges electricity supply for its citizens and can create benefits in the form of choices for customers; greener power and cost savings.

Greenfield has now entered the final phase of this lengthy process, which is approval from the Department of Public Utilities. The Mayor expects approval by the spring of 2014; at that point, each utility customer will be mailed detailed information and public hearings will be conducted.

Mayor Martin explained, “Each customer will have the choice to participate in the aggregation or remain with WMECo.”

Greenfield’s municipal aggregation plan proposes to purchase electricity that is generated from up to 100% renewable energy sources. The average household customer can expect to save approximately $.50-2.00 per month.

Massachusetts is one of a handful of states that has provisions to allow communities to purchase electricity on behalf of its citizens, and Greenfield is one of the first communities in the state to develop a municipal aggregation as a vehicle for choice and sustainability.