Community Choice Aggregation
We are supporting the town’s initiative to make Sharon a community choice aggregation (CCA) town. There will be a vote on this topic at town meeting on May 7, so please come and vote yes.
Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) in Sharon
Community Choice Aggregation allows a community to seamlessly switch to cleaner sources of electricity for everyone who is on basic service, including residents and small businesses, and help move us towards a renewable energy future. When we bring renewables into the grid, we help prevent pipeline projects.
This is a process, enabled by a 1997 state law, that allows towns and cities to choose electricity that is generated in a way that aligns with their community’s values.
What Is Community Choice Aggregation?
Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) allows any Massachusetts city or town to combine all of its electrical customers into a single bargaining unit, which can then choose to discontinue its default electricity supplier (Eversource and National Grid for Sharon) and make its own decision about a different electricity supplier.
A Spring Town Meeting Warrant Article allows the Board of Selectmen to pursue making Sharon a CCA community.
CCA Can Be Used to “Clean Up” Sharon’s Electricity
There are several potential goals for CCA; the Warrant Article urges that the goal be the lowering of Sharon’s carbon footprint. Electricity generation is a major source of climate change-causing pollution. Through CCA, Sharon could choose an electrical supplier that could provide a higher fraction of electricity from clean renewable sources.
CCA Changes Would Be Seamless for Electricity Customers
The electrical supplier would change, but distribution (power lines, etc.) and billing would still be through Sharon’s current utility (Eversource/National Grid), making the transition easy for Sharon’s electricity customers.
How Would CCA Lead to an Increase in Renewable Sources of Electricity?
Currently Sharon residents get only the state mandated 12% of our electricity from non-fossil fuel sources, and this could be increased by switching to a renewable energy supplier for little, if any, additional cost. By law any household can easily opt out at any time at no cost, and can opt in later if they choose. Customers will continue to pay just one electricity bill. No change in infrastructure is required; electricity will continue to arrive using the same wires as today. The only change would be that more electricity would come from high-quality renewable sources such as solar, wind, and digester gas, which means a decrease in electricity we buy that comes from fossil fuel sources.
What Does This Mean for Sharon?
Increasing our renewable sources of electricity through the CCA process is the single biggest step that Sharon can take to significantly reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and have an impact on climate change right now.
In addition, the process provides more consumer protection and transparency as the final plan must be reviewed and approved.
How Can You Help?
Please come to town meeting on May 7 and vote YES on the warrant article about CCA. We’d also love your help spreading the word about what a huge benefit CCA would be for Sharon. Contact us to let us know you are interested.
For more information and for documents to share, check out our printables.