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
Five RI communities are making significant progress in their quest to implement Green Municipal Aggregation (also referred to as Community Choice Aggregation or CCA).
- Central Falls was the first community in the Ocean State to file a GMA plan with the Public Utilities Commission (PUC).
- Portsmouth is finalizing its aggregation plan and preparing to submit it to the PUC.
- Barrington and South Kingstown have submitted their plans to the PUC for review.
- Newport recently joined the aggregation movement when its City Council passed an enabling resolution and began the process to hire a consultant to manage the development of their plan.
- In July, after a successful public hearing where community members expressed strong support, the Providence City Council approved its CCA plan. The Council also unanimously passed a resolution committing the City to be an anti-racist institution. CCA is one of the program initiatives in the City's Climate Justice Plan!
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|
|Gloucester||5%||Direct Energy Services||gloucester-cea.com|