Harvard voted at our 2016 fall Town Meeting to engage in the process called Community Choice Aggregation (CCA, aka "Electric Aggregation"). This meant that we were so authorized to explore whether or not Harvard's electricity customers would be better served by the town taking responsibility for the supply portion of electricity customers in town (residents and businesses) on their behalf. The current supply arrangements for most customers are made by National Grid using their own process and goals. The state of Massacusetts regulates how CCA programs work, and approval is required by two state agencies (DOER - Department of Energy Resources, DPU - Department of Public Utilities) before an aggregation plan can be approved.
The first step in a CCA process is for the town to select a "broker" for consulting services during the Aggregation cycle. Due to unfortunate timing and delays, Harvard did not issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for this service until April, but we have finally done so and received a response - linked below.
HEAC held several public forums describing our efforts (10/12/16, 5/31/17, 12/14/17) and how they may benefit electric customers in Harvard. We have created and distributed a flyer as quick source of information about the program, you can find it here.
Below is a response to our RFP for consulting services: