Identifying and Removing Barriers to Expanding Municipal Aggregation in the Commonwealth.
Abstract: This thesis examines the process to become a municipal aggregator in
Massachusetts and offers recommendations on improving the process. In 1997, the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts restructured its electricity market and allowed
municipalities and those working jointly to purchase electricity for their constituents.
Municipal aggregators provide additional competition in the electricity ... read moremarket, public
control of electricity purchases, and are in a unique position to provide consumers
additional options to promote specific types of electricity generation. Since 1997, only
six municipal aggregators have been approved in Massachusetts. In order to identify reasons
why, this thesis includes interviews with people involved in the municipal aggregation
process in Massachusetts and comparisons with other states that also have municipal
aggregation programs. It also includes a historical look at electricity markets both on the
federal level and in Massachusetts, and provides information on regulatory requirements
municipal aggregators must meet.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2013.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Penn Loh.
Committee: Ann Rappaport.
Keywords: Energy, Urban planning, and Sustainability.read less