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Posted on: June 22, 2022

Valley Green Energy Will Soon Be On Its Way

Image of a solar panel, text: News release on valley green energy

The Town of Amherst has signed a contract with MassPowerChoice to procure its services in developing and implementing an inter-municipal community choice aggregation (CCA) plan. Amherst signed as “lead community” on behalf of three municipalities – Amherst, Northampton and Pelham – who have spent the last few years researching and investigating the feasibility and potential benefits of developing an inter-municipal electricity aggregation.

“We are excited to be moving this effort forward”, said Amherst Town Manager Paul Bockelman. “Working in partnership with Northampton and Pelham, and we hope other communities in the future, we will focus our purchasing and developing power on green energy that will help in meeting local and state carbon reduction goals. Valley Green Energy will address climate change by offering green electricity at a competitive rate, with an emphasis on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting local renewable energy projects and/or programs.”

“We are delighted to be working with Amherst, Northampton, and Pelham and to support their efforts to use CCA to address climate change,” said Paul Gromer, Managing Director of MassPowerChoice.

MassPowerChoice will work with all three communities over the next few months to strategize community engagement while also developing the CCA application that will be submitted to the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) which serves as the granting authority.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Ciccarello, Amherst Sustainability Coordinator at (413) 259-3149 or via email at ciccarellos@amherstma.gov

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