DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND REQUEST FOR COMMENTS

 

D.P.U. 15-63                                                                                                    July 10, 2015

Petition of the Town of Auburn for approval by the Department of Public Utilities of a municipal aggregation plan pursuant to G.L. c. 164, § 134.

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On June 30, 2015, the Town of Auburn (“Town”) filed with the Department of Public Utilities (“Department”) a petition seeking approval of a municipal aggregation plan (“Plan”).  The Department docketed this petition as D.P.U. 15-63.

General Laws c. 164, § 134 authorizes a municipality to procure a contract for electric supply on behalf of aggregated consumers within its boundaries.  Eligible consumers not already enrolled with an alternative electric supplier will be automatically enrolled in the municipal aggregation unless they choose to “opt-out” in which case they would remain enrolled on basic service provided by their electric distribution company (i.e., National Grid).

To implement the aggregation plan, the Town seeks Department approval of its Community Choice Power Supply Aggregation Plan.  The Town’s filing includes its form competitive electric service agreement, which will be negotiated with potential electrical suppliers.  The Town seeks a waiver, on behalf of itself and its competitive supplier, of certain information disclosure requirements contained in G.L. c. 164, § 1F(6) and 220 C.M.R. § 11.06(4)(c).

The Department will conduct a public hearing at the Department’s offices, located at One South Station, 5th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02110, on Monday, August 17, 2015, at 2:00 p.m., to receive comments on the Plan.  Any person who desires to comment may do so at the public hearing noted above or submit written comments to the Department no later than the close of business (5:00 p.m.) on Friday, August 14, 2015.

An original hard copy of all written comments must be filed with Mark D. Marini,

Secretary, Department of Public Utilities, One South Station, 5th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts

  1. Three copies of all written comments must also be sent to Staci Rubin, Hearing Officer, at the Department of Public Utilities. One copy of all written comments should also be sent to the attorney for Colonial Power Group, Inc. (“Colonial”), James M. Avery, Esq., Pierce Atwood LLP, 100 Summer Street, Suite 2250, Boston, Massachusetts 02110.  The Town has retained Colonial as its agent in this proceeding.

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All documents should also be submitted to the Department in electronic format using one of the following methods:  (1) by e-mail attachment to dpu.efiling@state.ma.us and to the Hearing Officer: Staci.Rubin@state.ma.us; or (2) on a CD-ROM.  The text of the e-mail or CD-ROM must specify:  (1) the docket number of the proceeding, D.P.U. 15-63; (2) the name of the person or company submitting the filing; and (3) a brief descriptive title of the document.  The electronic filing should also include the name, title, and telephone number of a person to contact in the event of questions about the filing.  All documents submitted in electronic format will be posted on the Department’s website:  http://www.mass.gov/dpu.

A copy of the Town’s petition is available for public viewing at the Department’s offices, One South Station, 5th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02110, during regular business hours.  A copy is also available for public viewing at the Town’s offices, 102 Central Street, Auburn, Massachusetts 01501.  In addition, electronic filings are available on the

Department’s website: http://www.mass.gov/dpu.  Any person desiring further information regarding this notice should contact Staci Rubin, Hearing Officer, Department of Public Utilities, at (617) 305-3592.