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Springfield will look at community choice energy aggregation

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Community choice energy aggregation is a program in Massachusetts that lets municipalities use bulk purchasing to obtain electricity for residents and businesses.

Backed by activists, City Councilors plan to file legislation that aims to stabilize electric energy prices

A group of City Councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts plan to file legislation that could lower what residents pay for electricity.

The bill, if passed, would authorize Springfield to seek state approval to participate in municipal energy aggregation, also referred to as community choice aggregation. That is a process where a municipality purchases electricity in bulk from a competitive supplier on behalf of its residents and businesses.

It can result in lower electric costs for individual customers and also provide higher renewable energy content.

One of the co-sponsors of the legislation is Springfield City Council President Jesse Lederman. He spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.