About Us

Cape Light Compact is a nationally recognized award-winning energy services organization operated by the 21 towns and two counties on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard. The Compact’s mission is to serve its 200,000 customers through the delivery of proven energy efficiency programs, effective consumer advocacy, competitive electricity supply and green power options.

Dedicated to consumers . . .

 2202014_33731_0Highlights of what we’ve achieved since the Cape Light Compact was established in 1997:

  • 1999 – Secured the return of nearly $25 million to Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard consumers from the sale of the Canal Generating Plant.
  • 2001 – Launched the Energy Efficiency Program that has won several national and state awards and saved the region more than $485 million.
  • 2002 – Began the first Pilot Power Supply for “Default Service Customers”—new residents paying a higher price for electricity—that saved consumers more than $4 million.
  • 2003/04 – Established a program for towns to purchase streetlights and reduce annual operating and maintenance costs.
  • 2005 – Launched Solarize Our Schools, an effort that installed solar panels on schools in all 21 member towns.
  • 2006 – Expanded the Pilot Power Supply program to serve all customers on the Cape and Martha’s Vineyard.
  • 2006 – Began offering a choice for “Green Power Supply” and dedicated funds to local renewable energy development.
  • 2007/14 – Provided $3 million in support to Cape & Vineyard Electric Cooperative, an investment that will yield more than $60 million in benefits to the region over 20 years through 28 megawatts of new solar projects.
  • 2013/14 – Established a program to switch out 14,000 streetlights to high-efficiency LEDs, at no cost to the towns, with annual savings of $500,000 anticipated.

 

Award winning programs…

The following awards were given to the Cape Light Compact individually, or as a Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Program Administrator, as noted.

2014

  • 2014 ENERGY STAR® Award for Sustained Excellence for ongoing commitment to regional collaboration and dedication to continued innovation in energy efficiency programs – given to sponsoring organizations of Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership, including Cape Light Compact

2013

  • 2013 ENERGY STAR® Award for Sustained Excellence for Qualifying Products – given for the Cape Light Compact’s Residential Products Initiative
  • 2013 ENERGY STAR® for Homes Leadership in Housing Award for Residential New Construction
  • American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Certificate of Recognition for Exemplary Programs – given for Mass Save Home Energy Services Residential Programs, of which Cape Light Compact is part
  • ACEEE Certificate of Recognition for Exemplary Programs – given for the Low Income Multi-Family Retrofits/LEAN Multifamily Program, of which the Cape Light Compact is a part
  • 2013 Association of Energy Services Professionals Outstanding Achievement in Market Research & Evaluation, Appreciative Inquiry Summit – given for the Cape Light Compact’s energy efficiency program
  • 2013 Continued Support for National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project’s Energy Education Programs – given for the Cape Light Compact’s energy education in schools program

2012

  • 2012 ENERGY STAR® Award for Sustained Excellence for the Products Initiative – given for residential energy efficiency programs
  • 2012 ENERGY STAR® for Homes Leadership in Housing Award – given for residential new construction programs
  • 2012 National Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) Leadership Award – Efficiency and Asset Innovation Award – given for the Cape Light Compact’s energy efficiency program

2011

  • 2011 ENERGY STAR® Award for Sustained Excellence for Qualifying Products – given for residential energy efficiency programs
  • 2011 ENERGY STAR® for Homes Leadership in Housing Award – given for residential new construction programs
  • 2011 Outstanding Achievement in Marketing and Communications Award from the Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP) – given for the Cape Light Compact’s energy efficiency program
  • 2011 Renewable Energy innovation Award – given for energy education programs
  • 2011 Science Educator of the Year (Barnstable County) – given for energy education programs

2010

  • 2010 ENERGY STAR® Award for Sustained Excellence for Qualifying Products – given for residential energy efficiency programs

2009

  • 2009 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – given for the Cape Light Compact’s energy efficiency program
  • 2009 ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award – given for residential energy efficiency programs
  • Citation from the Massachusetts State Senate for Excellence in Environmental Education – given for outreach to schools for energy education

2008

  • 2008 Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP) Outstanding Achievement via Collaboration for Program Implementation for the High Performance T-8 Program – given for the Cape Light Compact’s energy efficiency program
  • 2008 US EPA Environmental Merit Award New Homes with ENERGY STAR® – given for energy efficiency programs for residential New Construction
  • 2008 ENERGY STAR® Award for Sustained Excellence – Qualifying Products – given for residential energy efficiency programs

2007

  • 2007 US EPA Environmental Merit Award for Northeast ENERGY STAR® Lighting & Appliance Initiative – given for the Cape Light Compact’s energy efficiency program
  • 2007 ENERGY STAR® Excellence in ENERGY STAR® Promotion – given for the Cape Light Compact’s energy efficiency program
  • 2007 Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) Innovation Award for Solarize Our Schools – given for energy education programs

2006

  • 2006 US EPA Environmental Merit Award for Northeast ENERGY STAR® Lighting & Appliance Initiative – given for the Cape Light Compact energy efficiency program

2005

  • 2005 US EPA Environmental Merit Award for Northeast ENERGY STAR® Lighting & Appliance Initiative – given for the Cape Light Compact energy efficiency program

2004

  • Cape Light Compact, Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, Barnstable County recognized as Regional NEED Program of the Year at the 24th Annual NEED Youth Awards for Energy Efficiency
  • 2004 ENERGY STAR® Leadership in Energy Efficiency – given for the Cape Light Compact energy efficiency program

2003

  • 2003 ENERGY STAR® Leadership in Energy Efficiency – given for the Cape Light Compact energy efficiency program

2002

  • 2002 US EPA Environmental Merit Award for the Better Way to Save Campaign – given for the Cape Light Compact residential energy efficiency program
  • 2002 ENERGY STAR® Excellence in Consumer Education – given for the Cape Light Compact energy efficiency program

Energy Education Youth Awards – Visit our Energy Education news page.

NEEP Business Leader Awards

Awards from the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership (NEEP) were given to the following companies nominated by the Cape Light Compact:

2015 – Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

2014 – Falmouth Ice Arena

2013 – Cape Cod Commercial Linen Service

2012 – Sea Crest Beach Hotel

2011 – Cape Air

2010 – Mezza Luna Restaurant

Knowledgable and dedicated professionals…

 
Photo of Maggie Downey
COMPACT ADMINISTRATOR
Maggie Downey, 508-375-6636
 

Maggie oversees all of Cape Light Compact’s operations and programs. She has been working on energy related issues since she joined Barnstable County in 1994, and became the Assistant Barnstable County Administrator and Compact Administrator in 1997. Maggie has a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington at Seattle, and a Graduate Certificate in Management from Harvard University Extension School.

SR. POWER SUPPLY PLANNER
Stephan Wollenburg, 508-375-6623
 

Stephan started working for the Compact in 2013. He manages the power supply program as well as works with the municipalities to identify energy efficient opportunities. He attended Brown University and double majored in Economics and Environmental Studies. A fun fact about Stephan is that he enjoys gardening.

COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL PROGRAM MANAGER
Meredith Miller, 508-744-1267
 

Meredith joined the Compact’s team in 2012. She has worked in the energy industry for over 20 years and currently oversees all of the Commercial & Industrial Programs. Meredith has a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard in Government and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts – Lowell. For fun, she likes to explore Cape Cod with her camera in hand.

COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL PROGRAM ANALYST
Vicki Marchant, CEM, 508-744-1278
 

Vicki has been working for the Compact since 2008. She works directly with facility managers, architects, engineers, building committees and town officials to identify and implement cost-effective energy efficient measures in commercial and municipal facilities. Vicki has a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from UMass – Dartmouth, an Associate of Science in Electronic Engineering Technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology and a Masters in Business Administration from the Bentley Graduate School of Business. She is also a Certified Energy Manager from the Association of Energy Engineers.

COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL PROGRAM PLANNER
Matthew Dudley, 508-375-6829
 

Matt joined the Compact in 2012. He works with facility managers and engineers to identify and implement energy efficient measures in commercial facilities. Matt has an Associates in Applied Science in Architectural Engineering, a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Design – Green Buildings from Vermont Technical College. In addition, he is certified as a Building Analyst and Envelope Professional from the Building Performance Institute. In his free time, he enjoys fishing in the Cape Cod Canal.

RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM MANAGER
Margaret Song, 508-375-6843
 

Margaret started with Barnstable County in 2002 as an AmeriCorps member (working with the Compact’s programs), and joined the Compact’s staff in 2003. Margaret oversees the residential energy efficiency program. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Spanish from Hendrix College, completed courses toward a Master of Arts degree in History at Harvard Extension School and is currently in the Mechanical Engineering Technology Program at Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies. Margaret enjoys crafting in her spare time, especially knitting or crocheting.

SENIOR RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Briana Kane, 508-744-1277
 

Briana began working for Barnstable County in 2004, and joined the Compact in 2008. She is responsible for the Compact’s Lighting and Appliances program, Low Income Program and more. Briana has an environmental background and received her Bachelor of Science in Resource Economics with a minor in Forestry from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. Fun fact about Briana is that her favorite movie is the Wizard of Oz.

RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Gregory Abbe, 508-744-1275
 

Greg began working at the Compact in 2015. He is currently working on various residential programs, such as new construction and multi-family. Greg is a certified Building Analyst and Envelope Professional through the Building Performance Institute. He moved here from the Washington D.C. area, where he worked at a small company conducting energy audits and managing energy auditors. Greg has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Latin American Studies from Hamilton College. Greg enjoys singing and has performed in the Kennedy Center and the National Cathedral 10 times.

DATA SERVICES COORDINATOR
David Botelho, 508-375-6828
 

Dave has worked with the Compact since 2001 and officially joined our staff in 2015. He brings over 30 years of Information Systems project management, software development, system implementation and data analysis experience and has worked with water conservation and energy efficiency programs throughout New England and New York. In his spare time, Dave enjoys exploring with his seven grandchildren and homebrews fine meads, ciders and ale.

ENERGY EDUCATION PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Debbie Fitton, 508-375-6703
 

Debbie started working for Barnstable County in 1998 with the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension and through her work there began working with the Compact in 2002, until moving full time with the Compact in 2003 as programs became more defined. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Environmental Science with Natural History emphasis (minor in American History) from Springfield College; undergrad coursework in Chemistry from Quinnapiac, wildlife biology from Colorado State Univeristy, education from Northern Illinois State University; Master’s Degree in Critical and Creative Thinking in Science and Technology from U Mass – Boston. Debbie and her family have a small organic farm, which includes ducks, geese, chickens, turkeys, pheasants and bees!

Phil Moffitt
EVALUATION, MEASUREMENT & VERIFICATION MANAGER
Philip Moffitt, 508-744-1279
 

Phil started working for the Compact in 2010. He is the manager of the Compact’s evaluation team, which handles the reporting of our data to the state agencies. Phil has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from The College of New Jersey, and a MBA in Finance from San Diego State University. When he isn’t working, Phil enjoys going hiking.

EVALUATION, MEASUREMENT & VERIFICATION ANALYST
Gail Azulay, 508-744-1266
 

Gail joined the Compact team in 2012. She is part of our evaluation team, which handles the reporting of our energy efficiency data to the state agencies. Gail has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Lesley University. In her free time, Gail enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

MARKETING COORDINATOR & DATA ANALYST
Lindsay Henderson, 508-375-6889
 

Lindsay has worked for the Compact since 2007. She started out as the Compact’s administrative assistant, and is now responsible for marketing & communications and database management for the Compact. Lindsay has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Suffolk University. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

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CUSTOMER SERVICE COORDINATOR
Kathy Stoffle, 508-744-1276
 

Kathy has been with the Compact since 2001, when the Compact’s energy efficiency program began. She assists customers on the phone who are looking to sign up for energy assessments or who have questions on the energy efficiency programs. Kathy enjoys gardening and outdoor activities when she isn’t working.

CUSTOMER SERVICE COORDINATOR
Kim Deisher, 508-744-1273
 

Kim began working with the Compact in 2011 as an intern, and then became a full time employee in 2013. She assists customers on the phone who are interested in an energy assessment or who have questions on the Compact’s energy efficiency program. Kim has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from Portland State University. For fun, Kim enjoys going for long walks with her dog Dexter.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Karen Loura, 508-375-6644
 

Karen started with the Compact in 2010 as an intern from Cape Cod Community College, and later that year became a full time employee. She supports the Compact staff and Compact Governing Board. A fun fact about Karen is that she enjoys going fishing.  

Strong community leadership…

board

Front L to R: Richard Toole, Tom Mayo, Peter Cocolis, Sue Hruby, Joyce Flynn, Ron Zweig, Fred Fenlon, Barry Worth, Peter Cabana, Deane Keuch, Peter Fontecchio Back L to R: Brad Crowell, David Anthony, Tom Donegan, Everett Horn, Robert Schofield, Richard Elkin

Cape Light Compact Board members are appointed by their respective Board of Selectmen or, in the case of County representatives, their County Commissioners.

AQUINNAH
Michael Hebert
mhebert@capelightcompact.org
 
BARNSTABLE
David Anthony
danthony@capelightcompact.org
 
BARNSTABLE COUNTY
Sheila Lyons
slyons@capelightcompact.org
 
BOURNE
Robert Schofield
rschofield@capelightcompact.org
 
Liz Caporelli, Alternate
ecaporelli@capelightcompact.org
 
BREWSTER
Deane Keuch
dkeuch@capelightcompact.org
 
CHATHAM
Peter Cocolis
pcocolis@capelightcompact.org
 
CHILMARK
Timothy Carroll
tcarroll@capelightcompact.org
 
DENNIS
Brad Crowell
bcrowell@capelightcompact.org
 
DUKES COUNTY
 Vacant 
 
EASTHAM
Fred Fenlon
ffenlon@capelightcompact.org
 
EDGARTOWN
Paul Pimentel
ppimentel@capelightcompact.org
 
FALMOUTH
Ronald Zweig
rzweig@capelightcompact.org
 
HARWICH
Barry R. Worth
bworth@capelightcompact.org
 
Valerie Bell, Alternate
vbell@capelightcompact.org
 
MASHPEE
Tom Mayo
tmayo@capelightcompact.org
 
OAK BLUFFS
Richard Toole
rtoole@capelightcompact.org
 
Alice Butler, Alternate
abutler@capelightcompact.org
 
ORLEANS
Chris Galazzi
cgalazzi@capelightcompact.org
 
Ray Castillo, Alternate
 
PROVINCETOWN
Thomas Donegan
tdonegan@capelightcompact.org
 
SANDWICH
Everett Horn
ehorn@capelightcompact.org
 
TISBURY
vacant
 
TRURO
Joseph Buteau
jbuteau@capelightcompact.org
 
Mark Farber, Alternate
mfarber@capelightcompact.org 
 
WELLFLEET
Richard Elkin
relkin@capelightcompact.org
 
Marcus Springer, Alternate
mspringer@capelightcompact.org
 
WEST TISBURY
Sue Hruby
shruby@capelightcompact.org
 
Jennifer Rand, Alternate
jrand@capelightcompact.org
 
YARMOUTH
Joyce Flynn, Chairman
jflynn@capelightcompact.org

Innovation and results…

The Cape Light Compact is a public entity formed in 1997 to advance the interests of consumers in the newly restructured electric industry. The 1997 Massachusetts Restructuring Act enabled towns and cities to establish municipal aggregators like Cape Light Compact that could:

  • Purchase power on behalf of all customers in the municipality on an opt-out basis
  • Implement energy efficiency programs instead of the local electric utility, ensuring that funds collected from Cape and Vineyard residents and businesses are spent to reduce the energy costs of Cape and Vineyard residents and businesses

The Compact offers a comprehensive approach to energy services,

  • Competitive electricity rates with green energy options
  • Effective consumer advocacy
  • Proven energy efficiency programs
  • Energy education

The Compact serves approximately 200,000 consumers from all 21 towns on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard. Each town and county has a representative on the Compact’s Governing Board to represent each member’s interest. The Compact has been seen as a model for community choice aggregation programs across New England and nationally.

The following narrative provides a detailed history of the Compact in the context of national and state-wide events.

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The National Context

Soaring utility bills in the 1980s sparked national proposals to deregulate the electric industry, by breaking up vertically-integrated electric monopolies to allow for greater competition. These proposals followed a decade old trend of federal deregulation of banking, airlines, telecommunications and natural gas.

In 1992, passage of the federal Energy Policies Act mandated broader access for utilities and independent power suppliers to transmission lines and helped increase competition at the wholesale level. This amped up the discussion about competition at the retail level although the form it would take was undetermined. It was clear that large industrial and commercial electric customers might receive benefits from a competitive market, but competitive suppliers were likely going to leave small business and residential consumers behind because of relatively low individual consumption and the cost to service them.

The Local Picture–Pre-Cape Light Compact

On the Cape, high energy costs in the region led to development of the Barnstable County Energy Management Plan in 1993-94. As part of that plan, Barnstable County began to look into the idea of coordinating the towns to combine their buying power for the purchase of electricity. In May –April 1995, the County obtained US Department of Energy funding for the partnership to study local government options in competitive electric markets. The resulting report found that:

1) Consumers needed to aggregate to gain the benefits of competitive electric markets;

2) Local governments were natural aggregators, providing non-discriminatory access, and established competitive bidding procedures;

3) Local governments had franchise powers;

4) Goals of environmental protection and energy efficiency could be advanced through local efforts.

In December 1995, the Massachusetts Department Public Utilities issued an order on retail competition (D.T.E. 95-30) which included the concept of using local government franchises to aggregate consumers. The following year the DPU conducted another round of hearings and formulated rules and draft legislation for retail electric competition. This resulting order (D.T.E. 96-100) included the option for municipalities to aggregate consumers.

Throughout 1996, the County held educational meetings with Boards of Selectmen, town managers, and local finance committees. In February 1997 the County formed the Cape Light Compact planning committee made up of representatives appointed by Cape towns. In November 1997, the Massachusetts Electric Industry Restructuring Act was passed by the legislature and signed into law. Massachusetts was the seventh state to mandate establishment of competitive retail markets for electricity. Rushing ahead of the market target dates set by other states, Massachusetts set March 1, 1998 as the opening date for the new market. The full transition to a competitive market required the state’s electric utilities to sell of their generating plants and “restructure” to allow competitive use of their transmission and distribution networks, and provide billing services for competitors. The full transition to a restructured industry was expected to take seven years.

Formation of Cape Light Compact and Programs

For the Compact, an Intergovernmental Agreement was drafted through a process of review and comment by county and town legal counsel. The proposed agreement was taken to Boards of Selectmen and Town Meetings. Twelve Cape towns joined in 1997 and the three remaining towns in 1998. In 1998, the six Vineyard towns also voted to join the Compact. Given obvious cost efficiencies and the central role it had played in developing the concept, Barnstable County was selected to provide a variety of administrative and financial services for the Compact.

The Compact developed detailed plans for its Power Supply Program and Energy Efficiency Program, and embarked on consumer protection efforts.

The first successful joint action of the Compact was to intervene in a DPU case concerning disbursement of funds from Commonwealth Electric’s sale of the Canal Electric Plant. Cambridge Electric and Harvard/MIT were looking to gain the value of all the profits. This type of intervention had not been undertaken by Barnstable County or the towns in the past. The DPU’s final decision included $25 million out of a total of $52 million coming back to Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard consumers.

The Compact’s Aggregation Plan was approved by the DPU in 2000, spurring similar municipal aggregation efforts in other states. The new competitive market was volatile in pricing and slow to develop for small retail consumers. As expected, most power suppliers were interested in serving large industrial and commercial customers. However, in March 2000, the Compact reached a contract agreement with Select Energy, Inc. on a power supply contract to serve all customers. Continuing volatility in the market delayed startup of service, but having the power supply contract in place satisfied a state pre-condition that allowed the Compact to move ahead with an Energy Efficiency Program.

The DPU approved a five-year plan prepared for the Energy Efficiency Program and services previously provided by Commonwealth Electric (now NSTAR or Northeast Utilities) were transferred to the Compact and began operation in July 2001. This was the first time in the nation that a group of municipalities which did not have a municipal electric utility also owning the poles and wires took over an energy efficiency program.

The purpose of the program was to ensure that the $5 million that Cape and Vineyard electric consumers paid into energy efficiency funds on their bills each year under a state-mandated charge would be utilized on the Cape and Martha’s Vineyard. The program would also eliminate shareholder incentive from being deducted from energy efficiency funds. The elimination of shareholder incentives put the money back into energy efficiency program services. To make a smooth transition, the Compact hired many of the same vendors who served standard utility programs, but it also included a number of innovative local features and was soon recognized as an award-wining effort.

For the first nine years of accomplishments, the Compact stated that the program:

1) conducted more than 15,500 free energy assessment for residential, business and government consumers on the Cape and Vineyard; 2) saved an estimated 18 megawatt in peak electric generation, offsetting 1.6 percent of the Canal Plant’s rated capacity; 3) saved more than 103,600 megawatt hours of energy use and associated air pollution; 4) saved consumers more than $20.7 million annually on electric bills.

For Power Supply, in 2002-04 the Compact developed a pilot program and negotiated a contract for 53,000 default service customers paying high prices to NSTAR. It resulted in an estimated savings of more than $4.75 million. While this gave a start to the supply program, the Compact continued to face volatility in power pricing. When a window in the market opened, the Compact shifted its Power Supply contract to ConEdison Solutions which agreed to serve all 200,000 customers starting in 2004.

Following its goals to encourage the development of renewable energy and gain access to the benefits of wholesale markets, in September 2007, the Cape Light Compact helped to establish the Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative (CVEC). Nearly all of the towns on the Cape and Vineyard have joined CVEC as members, and their representative make up the board of directors. The strategy initially pursued was to build local renewable energy supplies to help stabilize and reduce power prices. The passage of the 2008 Green Communities Act and the introduction of virtual net metering altered this strategy.

In 2011, CVEC managed a procurement process for construction of 16 megawatts of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in its member towns. In contrast to the wind project, this effort gained broad support. A second round of procurement for additional PV capacity was conducted in 2012. Another 12 megawatts was contracted for development.

The Compact supported CVEC’s start-up with $3.7 million in funding provided over a seven year period. The return on this investment over a twenty year period is estimated at $60 million. This is the largest amount of solar being developed by a small group of municipalities anywhere in the United States. Massachusetts officials regard the CVEC PV program as a model for communities in the rest of the state.

The Other Side of History–Looking Forward

There will undoubtedly be many challenges ahead in the energy field as markets and technologies and state and federal policies continue to evolve. The Compact member towns and counties have an opportunity to advance the energy sustainability of the Cape and Vineyard through energy efficiency, power supply, and renewable energy programs. The Compact will continue to participate in the development of SmartGrid and microgrid technologies and work to shape the region’s energy future to benefit consumers and the environment.

A model community aggregation program…

Intergovernmental Agreement

The Inter-Governmental Agreement is the governing document between Cape Light Compact and the 21 Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard towns and Barnstable and Dukes Counties. Each municipality has a member who is appointed to the Cape Light Compact Governing Board.

Aggregation Plan

The Aggregation Plan is a document required by state law that describes a dozen key items such as structure of the program, purposes, funding, etc. Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) approval of an Aggregation Plan is required for start up of a municipal aggregation program for electric customers. The Compact’s original Aggregation Plan was approved by the DPU in August 2000 following a process of planning with the state Division of Energy Resources and the DPU, and local public hearings. The Aggregation Plan was previously viewed as a formation period document, however, the DPU has utilized the Compact’s Aggregation Plan as a model for other municipalities seeking to form their own aggregation and suggested the Compact consider updating the document in 2013.

Timeline1

Click on the chart for a larger/detailed version

On 8/27/13, the DPU sent a letter to the Compact asking us to review our plan to:

  • Determine whether the Compact should file a revised Aggregation Plan to reflect current structure and operations;
  • Consider removing obsolete terms and references; and
  • Comply with any applicable laws, regulations and DPU precedent and the forthcoming decision in DPU 12-124 (Lowell Aggregation Plan).

At the 9/11/13 Compact Governing Board (“Board”) meeting, the Board created the following process to comply with this request.

  • Inform Compact Member towns/counties and public of the Compact’s intent to review and possibly update Aggregation Plan
  • Have Compact staff and legal counsel to review Aggregation Plan and propose revisions for Board consideration
  • Consult with Department of Energy Resources (DOER) on Updated Aggregation Plan
  • Hold a Board vote to release proposed Updated Aggregation Plan for public review
  • Open a public comment period on the proposed revisions/updates of the Aggregation Plan
  • Hold a Board vote to adopt Final Updated Aggregation Plan after public comment period ends
  • Submit Final Updated Aggregation Plan to DPU

On 10/30/13, the DPU sent a letter to the Compact affirming that the Compact may continue operating its municipal aggregation program, including solicitation of bids for energy supply.

At the 12/11/13 Board meeting, the Board voted to release the proposed Updated Aggregation Plan for public comment and to hold 3 public information sessions. Public information sessions were held on the proposed revised plan on:

  • January 15, 2014 at 7pm at the Mashpee Public Library
  • January 16, 2014 at 7pm at the Orleans Town Hall
  • January 30, 2014 at 5:30pm at the Oak Bluffs Library *rescheduled date due to storm on 1/21*

Below is the video from the Board meeting on 12/11/13. (The Aggregation Plan discussion starts at 16:35.)

Cape Light Compact received public comments through February 7, 2014. Over 60 letters of support were received from member towns, businesses, institutions, residents, non-profit organizations and elected officials.

On 2/26/14, the DPU sent a letter to the Compact stating that they wish to have a revised municipal aggregation plan filed no later than 4/4/14, in order for them to review the plan in a timely manner.

On 5/14/14, the DPU held a public hearing on the revised Aggregation Plan at Mashpee Public Library.  Elected officials, leaders of organizations and consumers from across the Cape and Martha’s Vineyard spoke about the Cape Light Compact’s benefits to the region. More than 75 people attended. There was overwhelming support for the updated plan to be expeditiously approved.

Links:

Aggregation Plan Quick Facts

Revised Aggregation Plan – Filed May 11, 2015 consistent with DPU Approval Order

DPU 14-69 Order – May 1, 2015

Revised DPU 14-69 Procedural Schedule – November 3, 2014

Revised DPU 14-69 Procedural Schedule – October 16, 2014

7/22/14 Memo from DPU Hearing Officer on DPU 14-69 re: Procedural Schedule and Technical Session

DPU 14-69 Procedural Schedule

DPU 14-69 Notice for Public Hearing

Updated Aggregation Plan Complete Filing – Filed with DPU on April 3, 2014 (Docket 14-69)

Final Revised Aggregation Plan – March 12, 2014

Final Revised Aggregation Plan (redlined version) – March 12, 2014

Proposed Updated Aggregation Plan – March 2014

Proposed Updated Aggregation Plan – December 2013

Current DPU-Approved Cape Light Compact Aggregation Plan (2000)

Frequently asked questions about the Cape Light Compact and its operations are grouped into the following seven categories.  Click on the category heading to view the FAQs.

1. Background

  • Formation of Compact
  • Structure
  • Relationship with Barnstable County
  • Aggregation Plan
  • Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA)
  • Governing Board

2. Financial Information

  • Budgets
  • Financial Audits
  • Records Retention
  • Public Records

3. Power Supply

4. Energy Efficiency

  • Commercial
  • Residential

5. Consumer Advocacy

6. Reporting

7. Cape & Vineyard Electric Cooperative – For more information on CVEC, please visit their website www.cvecinc.org.

QUICK LINKS
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