Once the program gets off the ground, he said, the city may want to expand it to allow residents to also have an option to purchase their electricity from a green power supplier.
Mayor Patrick Murphy said Lowell officials last year joined in support of legislation to make it easier to create municipal utilities after observing how they seemed to respond quicker after storms and offer better rates than larger network suppliers. Among the 41 in the state, there is a large cluster in the region, including Danvers, Georgetown, Groveland, Ipswich, Marblehead, Merrimac, Middleton, Peabody, Reading, Rowley, and Wakefield.
Murphy said the aggregation plan was an outgrowth of the local interest in the municipal utilities legislation, which is currently stalled.
“It’s a start to introducing at least some competition to provide lower rates . . . for our residents,” he said.
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