Author Archives: Jim Snyder-Grant

Green Acton Draft of Sustainability Policy

At the request of the Board of Selectmen, Green Acton prepared an initial draft of a town-wide Sustainability Policy for Acton. After receiving feedback from Green Acton members, a small working group of volunteer editors was formed to amend the draft policy to integrate and reflect the feedback from membership. The result of that work was sent to the Board of Selectmen on December 1, 2017, and is available here on our website as a PDF file.

Green Acton position and rationale on re-opened Nagog Pond hearing

Green Acton position for Nov 20, 2017 re-opened public hearing on Concord’s plan to expand water treatment plant at  Nagog Pond:

Position:  

Because the draft Modified Special Permit Decision document fails to protect the quantity and quality of Acton’s water, in clear opposition to the Acton 2020 Master Plan and the will of the citizenry as expressed at Town Meeting, Green Acton urges our Board of Selectmen to vote no on Concord’s application to expand their water treatment capacity at Nagog Pond. Continue reading

Why Is Dynegy on my Eversource electricity bill?

Dynegy, an electricity supply company, is the vetted supplier for the first two years of Acton Power Choice (APC) — the new municipal electricity bulk purchasing program that started in Fall 2017. For any Acton electricity user who hasn’t opted out or chosen an alternate electricity supplier, Dynegy will become the electricity supplier listed on your Eversource electricity bill.

APC offers two choices: the automatic enrollment in Acton Power Choice Standard, and the “opt up” choice of Acton Power Choice GREEN. You can read more about Acton Power Choice at ActonPowerChoice.com.

Green Acton is especially excited about the APC GREEN option, by which any Acton electricity user can choose 100% renewably sourced, New England energy for only 2 cents more per kWh than the APC standard pricing. Green Acton strongly encourages those who can to “opt up” to APC GREEN. Opt up by calling 1.866.220.5696 with your Eversource account number at the ready.

This chart, which offers some sample comparative costs, may be helpful; APC prices are accurate through September 2019, and Eversource prices until January 2018.

Read background information about Acton Power Choice here.

Spreadsheet of gas leaks in Acton

This spreadsheet is tracking what we know about gas leaks in Acton. It includes the data from National Grid, and data from the MAPC/HEET study. Continue reading

Here’s the official Acton Power Choice letter of August 2017

Did you get a letter that looks like this in the mail?

If you didn’t, either you are not an Acton Eversource customer, or you chose an electricity supplier some time ago that isn’t Eversource. If you don’t remember getting this letter, but you want to participate in Acton Power Choice, get a recent electric bill so you can have your customer number ready and call Acton Power Choice customer support at 1-844-379-9933 and they can get you sorted out.

Here’s what the letter inside looked like (click for a larger version)

Media coverage of sustainability policy discussion

The Beacon covered Green Acton’s July 24 presentation at the Board of Selectmen about a sustainability policy: http://acton.wickedlocal.com/news/20170727/acton-selectmen-address-sustainability-goals

You can also watch it on Acton TV’s youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQ24dJzzf-c&t=94m20s

 

Sustainability Policy background information, prepared for Acton Selectmen

By Debra Simes, Jim Snyder-Grant, and a host of commenters from Green Acton

(For Board of Selectmen meeting on 2017-7-24)

Hello Board of Selectmen and other Acton Sustainability Policy allies: Continue reading

Sustainability brainstorming

On July 5, 2017, as a first step in developing a proposed sustainability policy, Green Acton hosted a sustainability brainstorming session. Many ideas emerged, placed on a large table with pieces of paper, and transcribed here in this Google document.

Acton’s electrical aggregation program, Acton Power Choice, approved by DPU

After a long delay, the Commonwealth’s Department of Public Utilities approved Acton’s Community Choice (electricity) Aggregation plan, Acton Power Choice!

The old description still applies: http://www.acton-ma.gov/powerchoice (except for the launch date).

As a summary, the Acton Power Choice program will bring to most electricity customers in Acton a new set of choices for their electricity supply. The Town, in collaboration with Peregrine Energy Group (and a dash of influence from Green Acton), designed the program and put out an RFP (Request for Proposals) for companies interested in becoming the program’s electricity supplier. Acton Power Choice will offer two options to local electricity users.

Seven companies bid for Acton’s contract. The chosen bidder was Dynegy; the initial contract period will be 24 months, after which time the Town can create a new contract that’s most advantageous. The design of Acton’s program offers two electricity sourcing options.

(1) The “default” option will feature an additional 5% Class I Massachusetts RECs on top of the mandatory Massachusetts RPS (Renewable Portfolio Standard, which is scheduled to go up by 1% each year) 12% Class I MA RECs , for a total of 17% renewable sourcing in 2017. Pricing for this “default” option will be 10.720 cents / kWh. Customers would pay this amount plus the usual delivery charge and monthly fixed fee. The Eversource basic rate, starting July 1, will be 10.759 cents / kWh. This means that the default Acton Power Choice rate will be less than the Eversource rate — even the summer rate (which is typically lower than the wintertime rate). So: significantly more renewable sourcing than the Eversource offering, and cheaper!

(2) There will also be a 100% renewable (“green”) option. This will be built with 100% Class I MA RECs and priced at 12.7 cents/ kWh, just under 2 cents more than both the default price and the Eversource price. As Green Acton works with Peregrine, we will have a lot more information with which to explain the program and calculate potential electric bills under both the default plan and the 100% green plan. Green Acton expects to have an important role in explaining and encouraging people to sign up for the 100% green option. Peregrine and Town staff are starting to work on the roll-out, and are currently estimating on a start date of late September or early October.

During the past few months, some people have been receiving misleading snail mail letters, email offers, and phone solicitations about renewable electricity that may look (or sound) like they are from some vaguely official-sounding agency. The official notices about the real Acton Power Choice program won’t be going out until late summer or early fall.

Green Acton is very excited about Acton Power Choice! We will be sharing information on the program, and will be sure to post the official letters about the program on the Green Acton website.

Water Articles at the Acton 2017 Town Meeting

At the 2017 Town Meeting, a citizen’s petition put three water-related articles on the Town Meeting Warrant:

  • Article 26: Water Resources Study
  • Article 27: Water Resource Sharing
  • Article 28: Affirming Acton’s Right

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