In full transparency, the following is a press release from the City of Framingham.
FRAMINGHAM – – The City of Framingham is pleased to announce the Framingham Community Electricity program, a municipal electricity aggregation, which is a type of group electricity purchasing program for Framingham residents and businesses.
Through Framingham Community Electricity, the City will use its collective buying power to increase the amount of renewable electricity in the community’s electricity supply.
The program will also provide new electricity choices, giving Framingham electricity customers greater control over the price and environmental impact of the electricity they use. While Framingham Community Electricity will not be able to guarantee lower prices compared with Eversource’s Basic Service prices, the City is committed to working toward providing prices that are competitive and stable for the long term.
Once Framingham Community Electricity launches, Eversource will continue to deliver electricity to Framingham without interruption, and Framingham Community Electricity will not replace Eversource as the City’s electric utility. Rather, the program will be integrated into the Eversource bill, changing the price used to calculate the Supply charge from Eversource’s Basic Service price to a Framingham price.
Before launching the program, the City must develop an Aggregation Plan and submit it to state regulators for review and approval. To ensure the public has an opportunity to be a part of developing this program, the City is making its draft Aggregation Plan and associated documents available for review and comment before beginning that regulatory review process.
The draft Aggregation Plan for Framingham Community Electricity will be available for public review and comment from May 1, 2023 to June 1, 2023.
Those interested in reviewing the Plan can download the documents from the City of Framingham website (framinghamma.gov/FCE) or obtain a hard copy of the draft plan from the City Clerk’s Office at the Memorial Building at 150 Concord Street, Framingham, MA 01702. Framingham residents and business owners are encouraged to review the plan and submit written comments via U.S. mail to Shawn Luz, Attention: Framingham Community Electricity, City of Framingham, 150 Concord Street, Room #133, Framingham, MA 01702, or via email to FCE@framinghamma.gov. Comments sent by mail must be received (not postmarked) by the end of the comment period in order to be addressed.
An overview of the Plan will be presented at the May 2, 2023 Framingham City Council meeting which will begin at 7:00 PM. The meeting will be held at Memorial Building, 150 Concord Street, Blumer Room, Framingham, MA 01702 and will also be accessible virtually.
For additional information about Framingham Community Electricity and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit the new program website at FraminghamCommunityElectricity.com or call customer support with the City’s program consultants at 1-844-202-6226.