Client: Barr Foundation
June 2017-March 2018
Senior Researcher Tyler Comings, Clinic Director and Senior Economist Liz Stanton, PhD and Researcher Bryndis Woods prepared a report and a policy brief, funded by the Barr Foundation, to examine how Community Choice Energy (CCE) programs work and address commonly asked questions in order to inform efforts in the City of Boston to understand the implications of CCE programs, including the program’s costs to residents and businesses, impacts on renewable energy, and contributions to the City’s climate goals. Dr. Stanton presented the findings at the October 3, 2017 meeting of the Boston City Council. At the same meeting, the City Council voted unanimously to approve the Community Choice Energy resolution.
In November 2017, the Applied Economics Clinic (AEC) published an update that showed that the average household participating in a CCE program will save 19 percent on its electric bill in 2018 compared to Eversource's basic service rate; as opposed to the 2 percent savings as found in the original report.
In March 2018, AEC prepared a series of four policy briefs related to the impact of the program, including: 1) the expected impact on electric customer costs; 2) the expected greenhouse gas reductions; 3) a comparison of the program to the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Standard; and 4) an overview of current CCE programs in Massachusetts and around the United States, including a discussion of the different methods used to source their green energy."