Newburyport’s Community Choice Power program

My municipality recently announced a program that will cut the cost of electricity supply from $0.339 / kWh to $0.218. That’s great. But it’s not great that public utility pricing is going the way of pharmaceutical pricing, with almost everybody needing to rely on opaque deals to get reasonable pricing.

There’s a Massachusetts law enabling municipalities to make bulk purchases of power on behalf of local residents, businesses, and factories. And apparently it’s implemented entirely in the utility billing system.

Here’s the letter from the city.

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