Green Municipal Energy Aggregation in Sharon
Soon Sharon residents who are customers of Eversource or National Grid will be able to use clean energy without the high prices many associate with going “green.” The newly formed Energy Advisory Committee set up by the Town Board is currently interviewing energy brokers and learning how best to fulfill Sharon’s warrant article 19 requiring town officials to pursue a green energy aggregation program. Through this process, many Massachusetts towns now have clean renewable energy at the same price or, in some cases, a lower price than the current Eversource and National Grid rates. Hiring an energy broker is an important first step to achieving more clean energy and all of the benefits that come with it. The energy broker will work on getting the best possible deal in the energy marketplace for Sharon residents and small businesses. The energy broker will also develop a website, create print materials, and host public meetings to fully explain the exciting new program.
When Sustainable Sharon launched the Sharon Saves website (www.sharonsaves.org) two and a half years ago, the partnership encouraged residents to obtain free home energy audits while contributing to a local non-profit organization. Through upgrades, rebates, incentives, and valuable giveaways, home energy assessments are still the first step to reducing your energy bill and making your home more comfortable. As climate change looms as the biggest problem of the 21st century, state and private greenhouse gas reducing initiatives are increasing. Check sharonsaves.org regularly to check for discounts, rebates, and the latest information on air source heat exchangers for heating and cooling, electric and hybrid vehicles, and other energy saving devices to keep you comfortable, efficient, and frugal.