ROCKLAND – The town will continue to buy electricity in bulk and pass the savings on to consumers.
Rockland joined the state's municipal aggregation program in 2019 and recently agreed to continue with it for three more years.
Municipal aggregation plans, around since 1997, allow cities and towns to use their bulk buying power to negotiate lower electricity rates with a supplier.
Kingston uses Constellation NewEnergy Inc., and West Bridgewater uses Direct Energy.
How does municipal aggregation work?
Residents who don't want to be part of the program need to opt out of it and can get electricity from National Grid.
Under the current estimated rates, and based on an average household using 893 kilowatt hours per month, the opt-out plan would cost the most, $132 a month. The 100% renewable energy plan would cost $128 a month, the 10% above state renewable energy standards plan would cost $100 and the basic plan that meets state renewable energy standards would cost $97.
In April, the Rockland Board of Selectmen voted to increase the extra amount of renewable energy in the middle tier from 5% to 10%.
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