What Is GMA
Massachusetts and Rhode Island state laws allow a city or town to choose the electricity supplier for residents and businesses within that municipality. This is called municipal aggregation or community choice aggregation. It allows for important energy decisions to be made at the local level rather than by an investor-owned utility or by a for-profit competitive electricity supplier.
Green Municipal Aggregation, or GMA, is a model we devised with energy broker Good Energy that adds more Class I or "new" renewable energy to residents' electricity at a competitive price. When a community decides to enact GMA, it goes out to bid for an electricity supplier and secures a long-term price and a cleaner electricity supply. That supplier replaces the utility's Basic Service, offers a more stable price (usually cheaper in the long run, too), and adds more renewable energy than required by state law.
Big progress in Rhode Island
Six RI communities are making significant progress in their quest to implement Green Municipal Aggregation (also referred to as Community Choice Aggregation or CCA).
- Barrington, Providence, and South Kingstown have followed Central Falls and have filed their plans with the PUC. CCA is one of the program initiatives in Providence's Climate Justice Plan!
- Portsmouth is filing its plan with the PUC.
- Newport recently selected their broker and is moving forward with planning.
Read: Green Municipal Aggregation in MA, 2nd edition, released Feb 2020
We have worked hard to spread GMA to Rhode Island. As a result of successful changes to state law and concerted outreach and education to cities and towns, we will soon be able to report on big progress. Stay tuned.
How do I get my community involved?
If you’re interested in learning more about GMA or want to find out how your community can get started, contact Yaima@greenenergyconsumers.org
Here is a list of participating communities:
|Name||Renewable electricity (added by default)||Supplier (what you'll see on your electric bill)||Website|
|Arlington||11%||Direct Energy Services||arlingtoncca.com|
|Brookline||30%||Direct Energy Services||brooklinegreen.com|
|Dedham||5%||Public Power, LLC||masscea.com/dedham|
|Fairhaven||10%||Constellation New Energy||masscea.com/fairhaven|
|Gloucester||5%||Direct Energy Services||gloucester-cea.com|
|Hamilton||5%||Constellation New Energy||hamiltoncca.com|
|Millis||5%||Constellation New Energy||n/a|
|Stoneham||5%||Constellation New Energy||stonehamcea.com|
|Westport||10%||Constellation New Energy||masscea.com/westport|