Climate Crisis Action Group of Cape Ann

Renewable Energy

Goal

Establish a multi-community electricity aggregation program to purchase electricity with the highest possible level of renewable energy and affordability for residential customers in the Cape Ann region, and to draw some or all of the renewable electricity from community solar farms that ideally would be located in the participating communities.

Initial Actions

  1. Arrange a meeting with two experts in managing aggregation contracts and linking them to renewable energy sources: Larry Chretien of Green Energy Consumers Alliance and John O’Rourke of Good Energy Inc. (Aggregation Consultant chosen for Gloucester through an MAPC group procurement process). Both of these people are involved in Aggregation Programs in Gloucester and in many other Massachusetts towns.
  2. Identify interested communities in Cape Ann Region (ask Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Beverly, and Salem, maybe others), and invite a representative from each municipal government to the meeting.
  3. Focus meeting on aggregation strategy, saving Community Solar aspect for later.
  4. Through discussion at the meeting, map out process for doing regional aggregation.  Target date likely to be 2021, to allow communities that already have aggregation contracts to reach their expiration prior to starting regional contract.

Notes

This group has met on Nov. 4 and Dec. 9, 2019.

Membership. Currently have 9 members, hailing from Gloucester, Rockport, and Beverly.

Get involved

In the wake of the Cape Ann Climate Crisis Action Meeting, the OC planned a fellow up meeting.  The follow up meeting took place in the vestry at  the Gloucester UU Church. As a result of this October 23rd, 2019 follow up meeting, there are now 6 Working Groups of individuals and the representatives of various organizations from around Cape Ann focused on setting goals and taking action on:

  • Renewables
  • Efficiency
  • Carbon Sequestration
  • Vision/Policy/Legislation
  • Communication/Spirituality/Personal Action
  • Community Building/Education