What is a Community Choice Aggregation Program?

A CCA Program is an optional buying group organized by a municipality or group of municipalities to benefit electric customers. The Program enters into an electricity supply contract for all residential and business customers receiving utility default service within a given municipality.

By combining electricity usage of the residences and small businesses within a municipality or county, the combination of thousands of homes and businesses exponentially compounds their individual buying power. Customers are automatically enrolled unless they opt out.

As a collective group, the community is given the power of greater choice and control over how they source and price their electricity supply, which is an excellent way to decrease utility spend and advance the community’s sustainability goals.

CCA maximizes a community’s buying power, resulting in cost savings, advancement of local renewable energy and sustainability initiatives, consumer protection, and a more engaged community.

Community Choice Aggregation Benefits

  • Maximize buying power: Maximize buying power through a group purchase of electricity Expanded Choice: Clients have expanded choices beyond the default electric utility rates.
  • Price Stability: Ability to secure long-term rates and avoid market price volatility.
  • Self-funded: No burden on municipal staff or local budgets, no costs imposed on non-participating consumers; program administration outsourced to CPG.
  • Ability to Opt-Out: Clients can opt-out at anytime without penalty and enroll with utility default service or another supplier directly.
  • Maximize buying Leverage: Larger buying group attracts robust participation from leading suppliers.
  • Consumer Protections: Contract terms and conditions superior to those offered by suppliers in direct-to-consumer transactions.
  • Public Oversight: Suppliers and CPG are held accountable to town officials.
  • Local Control: Objectives based on local community priorities.
  • Professional Expertise: Retaining CPG ensures smooth roll-out and ongoing administration of the program
  • Product Options: Municipal clients can define their standard product plus offer other options.

Colonial Power Group

CPG assists communities with municipal aggregations and is currently the largest municipal aggregation provider in MA, serving over 80 communities. They focus on community-based municipal aggregation, the needs of its client communities, and end users of electricity who live and do business there.

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“Our entire team is ecstatic to team-up with Colonial Power Group. CPG is the gold standard in Community Choice Aggregation, which is why over 80 Bay State communities have chosen them, including Boston, Lowell and Pittsfield.”

Bart Fromuth

Chief Financial Officer
Freedom Energy Logistics

“Being able to connect CPG clients with Freedom’s services, whether it is power and gas procurement, renewables, demand response, net metering or community solar, positions CPG extremely well to further assist our clients.”

Mark Cappadona

President
Colonial Power Group

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