Sustainable Arlington

Envision Arlington/Mass. Climate Action Network (MCAN) Chapter

default "Arlington group plans to tag town's 177 gas leaks," Wicked Local, 9.23.16. Popular

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default "Arlington residents mark gas leaks to raise awareness," Wicked Local, 10.3.16. Popular

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pdf (a) Arlington Sustainable Action Plan Popular

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Arlington Sustainable Action Plan

default 1. Arlington's Community Choice Aggregation, a community-based bulk purchase electricity program Popular

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Gives residents and businesses access to additional amounts of local renewable energy generated here in Massachusetts and other New England states. Speeds the transition away from fossil fuels. Saves money by using the Town's bulk purchasing power to negotiate rates. Learn more from this 2018 video interview with Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine, Select Board member Joe Curro, and Green Energy Consumers Alliance's Erin Taylor.  


default 1. Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is a State Policy Popular

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Community choice aggregation (CCA) is a state policy that enables local governments to aggregate electricity demand within their jurisdictions in order to procure alternative energy supplies while maintaining the existing electricity provider for transmission and distribution services. Many states passed CCA laws as part of electric restructuring legislation in the late 1990s and early 2000s. States that have passed CCA laws include California (2002), Illinois (2009), Massachusetts (1997), New Jersey (2003), Ohio (1999), and Rhode Island (1997). There are many reasons that a community may choose to develop a CCA, including the option to purchase more green power, reduce electricity cost, and provide power from more local sources.

default 1. COMMUNITY CHOICE AGGREGATION in Massachusetts, with community examples Popular

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The Mass. Climate Action Network (MCAN), of which Sustainable Arlington is a chapter, provides a CCA definition, info handouts, and examples of Mass. communities that have already adopted CCA.

pdf 1. Community Choice for Arlington, 10 slide PP for Selectmen Popular

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PDF version of the Community Choice Aggregation PowerPoint Presentation to the BOS - 1/2/16

default 1. DSIRE [Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency®] Popular

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Find policies and incentives by state that will help you make wise energy efficiency and renewable choices.  Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University and is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. 

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default 1. Home Energy Rating System (HERS)

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What does the HERS Index say about a house?

The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index is the industry standard by which a home's energy efficiency is measured. It's also the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home's energy performance.

default 1. Local Energy Aggregation Network / Lean Energy U.S. -- Mass. Popular

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Massachusetts was the first state to pass aggregation legislation as part of the Utility Restructuring act of 1997. It also has the country’s longest running CCA, the Cape Light Compact which launched the same year.

default 1. Massachusetts Legislature Approves Higher Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS)

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"In Massachusetts, the [2018 Renewable Portfolio Standard or] RPS was 13% ... The standard goes up by 1% a year, but a new law passed [in July 2018] by the legislature would increase the standard by 2% a year for 10 years beginning January 1, 2020. On January 1, 2030, the yearly increase would fall back to 1% a year unless the legislature further amends the law in the meantime. That means by 2030, the RPS in Massachusetts will be about 35% ... "

default 2. Dynegy, Good Energy, Green Energy Consumers Alliance: Who they are, their roles in Arlington CCA Popular

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The Town of Arlington, MA, launched its Community Choice Aggregation electricity program for residents and businesses in Aug., 2017.  The Town used its bulk purchasing power and a competitive bidding process to obtain fair, longer-term rate stability.  The following 3 organizations play important roles.

Dynegy. [energy supplier] Houston, Texas-based Dynegy was selected as the winning supplier for the program. Dynegy is one of the largest energy suppliers in the US, and supplies power to more than 500 municipal electric aggregations, serving approximately one million residential electric accounts. Dynegy began supplying aggregation programs in 2012. Reach them by phone Mon.-Fri., 9AM to 8PM EST (866) 220-5696, or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Good Energy, L.P. [energy consultant] is a leading national energy management and consulting firm that has been implementing large and small community choice aggregation programs in various states across the country since 2008. They have partnered with your municipality to design and operate this CCA program. Good Energy is headquartered in New York City and is currently the retained community electricity aggregation consultant for over 200 communities across the country. Arlington selected Good Energy to serve as its energy consultant through a competitive process, in partnership with neighboring cities and towns.

Green Energy Consumers Alliance (formerly Mass Energy). [local renewable energy supplierFor the Town of Arlington and other communities in Greater Boston, Green Energy Consumers Alliance is supplying the local renewable energy above the amount required by the state law known as the Renewable Portfolio Standard. Mass Energy, a Boston-based nonprofit, purchases renewable energy wholesale mostly from community-based wind power projects located in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Green Energy Consumers Alliance has entered into a number of long-term contracts with wind power projects located in communities such as Plymouth, Gloucester, Scituate, and Ipswich.

default 2.10.17. “New England’s Shrinking Need for Natural Gas” Popular

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...gas pipeline project (Spectra Energy’s Access Northeast pipeline). ... this project is likely to be twice as expensive as previously proposed ($6b v. $3b), and the need for natural gas will fall in the future due to the environmental and renewable energy policies in New England. Therefore, the study concludes, this gas pipeline project is not needed.

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default 3. Buyer Beware: Not all RECs are created equal Popular

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RECs Renewable  Energy  Certificates.  To benefit Massachusetts, choose Class I RECs.  Find out why.

default 3. How do Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) work? Popular

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You can have milk from a local dairy delivered to your doorstep.  But you can't have the exact electricity generated by local wind or solar generating companies routed to your home.  That's where RECs come in... click to read more.

default 3. MassSave - Energy Audits Popular

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Free home energy audits and energy efficiency rebates

default 3. REC Classes: “Class I” has biggest impact Popular

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Class I RECs -- make sure the renewable energy program you choose only supplies Class I Renewable Energy Certificates. Class I RECs build our local renewable energy capacity, create local energy sector jobs, and support our local economy.