The process of implementing community choice aggregation is strictly governed by state regulations overseen by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and the Department of Public Utilities (DPU). The first step is a Town Meeting vote authorizing the town to pursue community energy aggregation with no commitment to implement the program. The December 3, 2019 Special Town Meeting approved this first step. The following additional steps must be taken before the program can launch:
Regulatory review by DOER and DPU
Initial public engagement
Choosing an electricity supplier and signing an electricity supply contract
Public engagement and education
The above implementation process can take as long as 12 - 18 months to complete and Weston is targeting 2021 for the program launch.
Weston’s Energy Team
Weston’s Sustainability Committee is working with Town Manager Leon Gaumond, and other town staff, and members of the Sustainable Weston Action Group.
Through the public procurement process, the team vetted, selected, and started working with the experienced consulting team of MassPowerChoice to kick-start the process and develop Weston’s aggregation plan, a draft of which will be presented in a public forum and be made available for public review and comment.