Town of Petersham, Massachusetts
PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING
Town Hall Lower Level
1 South Main Street
May 12, 2015 Tuesday
1. Call to order: 6:00 PM
Program for Petersham Residents to become informed, ask questions about:
Electric Aggregation for Petersham Residents
A Presentation by Jenny Sayers of Hampshire County Council of Governments
Hosted by Petersham Selectboard and Petersham Energy Committee
General Information about the program and the presentation
from Hampshire County Council of Governments (HCCOG)
The Electric Aggregation Program allows for Petersham residential and small business customers to individually choose to join the Hampshire Council's bundled electricity program and become part of a larger purchasing group so as to benefit from lower electricity prices.
The program currently includes 43 communities and encompasses over 170,000 customers.
Current customers of National Grid are paying for both Delivery Services (from the large power lines all the way to the actual home or commercial building), and Supply Services (which is the actual electricity itself). They are listed separately on your electric bill.
In the Municipal Aggregation Program, Hampshire Council arranges the Supply Services only, while National Grid continues all of the Delivery Services. All costs of the program are paid by the Hampshire Council; it has no impact on the town budgets.
Customers do not have to join the program if they are not interested and have a legal right to opt-out of the program at any time.
For Petersham to join this program, a Town Meeting approval is required. Article 45 on the June 1 Town Meeting Warrant addresses this subject.