Implementation Process

The following outlines the major steps of implementing a Community Power program, important considerations, and the parties often involved in each step. Good Energy is available to assist with some or all of these, and all at no upfront cost. See how we can partner with you here.

Step

Detail

Leads

Initial research

Familiarize yourself with Community Power, Senate Bill 286, and consider whether a municipal or county Community Power program is right for you.

To help during this process, Good Energy is available to meet, brainstorm and share our experiences working on aggregation programs around the country.

Town, City or County staff and residents

Organize a local electric aggregation committee

Your committee will lead the process to develop the aggregation plan on behalf of your municipality or county.

Consider having a range of relevant interests and expertise represented on your committee. Electricity and energy experience is important. You’re also encouraged to include members that can speak to the needs of different constituencies that will be affected by aggregation, such as senior citizens, low income families, and minorities.

Town, City or County staff and residents

Draft electric aggregation plan

The plan will address all aspects of how the program is set up, organized, and operated. Senate Bill 286 details these requirements.

One of the most important elements to an electric aggregation plan is that it explains how it will ensure all participants will be treated fairly and equitably. The plan will also address:

  • The primary rate (i.e., the opt out rate)
  • Optional rates
  • Process for entering and leaving the program
  • Approach to net metering
  • Application of Electric Assistance Program discount

Aggregation Committee, Energy Consultant

Solicit public input and revise plan

The committee must hold public meetings to engage the community and receive public comment. Based on this input, the committee can revise the plan and prepare a final draft to be put up for vote by the local government.

Aggregation Committee, Energy Consultant

Secure local approval of plan

To proceed, Town Meeting, Town Council, City Council or the Board of County Commissioners must take a majority vote in favor of the plan as developed by the Committee.

Aggregation Committee, Energy Consultant

Procure electricity supply and renewable energy

Monitor market conditions to identify an optimal time to release a bid for electricity supply and renewable energy. This could happen almost immediately after approval of the aggregation plan, but it can often take between three months to a year. The shoulder seasons, such as spring and fall, are often best, but many other factors can influence market conditions.

Patience is key in finding a quality rate. If the resulting bids are deemed unsatisfactory, there is no obligation to move forward.

Electricity supply contracts typically last one to three years.

Aggregation Committee, Energy Consultant

Launch public education and opt-out campaign

Once a supply is contracted, the aggregation must conduct a minimum 30-day notification period. This includes sending a mailer to all accounts that are on Default Service and eligible to be enrolled.

Anyone that does not want to participate in the aggregation can decline enrollment simply by sending the mailer back. The mailer can also advertise optional rates and allow an account holder to opt into one of those rates before the program begins.

The aggregation will also have a website and phone number available to facilitate opt-out or rate changes.

Within 15 days of sending the mailer, the municipality or country must hold a public information session as well.

Aggregation Committee, Energy Consultant

Begin automatic enrollment

At the end of the education period, all customers receiving Default Services from their utility will be automatically enrolled in the aggregation’s primary rate, unless they had affirmatively opted-out.

Customers that chose an optional rate will be enrolled in the rate of their choice.

Good Energy’s programs allow for customers to opt-out or change their rate any time during the entire supply contract with no penalty.

Energy Consultant, Supplier and Utility

Manage and monitor aggregation

On-going management is key for a successful aggregation. The consultant will provide the municipality or country with regular reports on enrollment and usage. The consultant will also monitor the market for potential opportunities to re-
bid and secure the next electricity supply contract.

Aggregation Committee, Energy Consultant