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Cape Light Compact FAQ

How do Cape Light Compact programs help lower my electric bill at home and operating costs for my business?

  • Residential customers benefit from Cape Light Compact’s energy efficiency programs by lowering their monthly energy bills and promoting the use of green energy.
  • Business customers benefit from Cape Light Compact’s energy efficiency programs by reducing their monthly operating costs for energy and improving their cash flow.
  • Cape Light Compact’s energy efficiency programs reduce electricity costs by more than three dollars for every dollar spent on energy efficiency measures.
  • Our local communities benefit from expanding energy efficiency programs by stimulating long-term green economic development and adding jobs on the Cape and Vineyard.
  • Cape Light Compact offers the most advanced energy-saving technologies and programs like the Smart Home Energy Monitoring Pilot, a groundbreaking program – the first of its kind in MA – that gives customers the tools to monitor and reduce their electricity use at home.  Cape Light Compact’s 100 actively engaged pilot participants from Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard reduced their daily energy use by 9.3 percent or 2.9 kWh per day, the second highest decrease when compared to results from similar smart monitoring programs tested throughout North America. Seventy‐five percent of program participants reduced energy consumption during the program. One‐third reduced average energy consumption by 4 or more kWh per day.
  • Through the Compact, over 200,000 Cape and Vineyard energy users have been able to band together to seek out the best terms and conditions in an electric supply contract.

Who approves Cape Light Compact’s Energy Efficiency programs?

  • The energy efficiency programs, as administered by the Cape Light Compact, are guided by our local Governing Board with input from the Cape Light Compact energy efficiency committee and approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities as part of a three-year planning cycle that includes input and review by the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council (EEAC).  The EEAC includes voting representatives of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources among other stakeholders who provide the review, approval and mandatory reporting oversight of Cape Light Compact’s Energy Efficiency Plan.

Why hasn’t Cape Light Compact negotiated a contract with Cape Wind to sell renewable energy to local customers?

  • The Green Communities Act recognized that renewable energy contracts may be above market, and designed a process to address this issue while fostering renewable energy projects.   The Green Communities Act establishes a role for the distribution company not municipal aggregators like the Cape Light Compact or retail suppliers.  National Grid’s filing at the DPU also acknowledges that the contract is above market.
  • Cape Light Compact is a retail supplier and cannot enter into long-term wholesale contracts with Cape Wind without pledging the full faith and credit of all member Towns and Counties.  This pledge of tax payer support would also require 20 separate Town Meeting approvals.
  • Also, unlike the distribution companies, the Cape Light Compact cannot socialize the above market costs of the supply to the distribution rates of all customers.
  • Given these circumstances it is not appropriate for the Cape Light Compact to sign a contract with Cape Wind
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