On July 22, 2020, the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) approved the City of Boston’s request to set up its municipal aggregation program. BCCE was implemented to provide an alternative electricity supply for approximately 250,000 households and businesses in Boston. As part of the program development, BCCE has adopted 6 Principles and Values to guide management of the program:
- Reduce emissions. A principal goal of the aggregation is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to support the City's commitment to be carbon neutral by 2050.
- Commit to environmental justice. Socially vulnerable populations are exposed to the greatest risks of increased carbon pollution and the impacts of climate change. Actions taken as part of the aggregation program should seek to prioritize benefits for these communities and to provide new economic opportunity within them. The aggregation program is also committed to having socially vulnerable populations represented throughout planning, implementation, education, and outreach.
- Increase the amount of renewable energy generation on the grid. The purchases of renewable power will be made with the intention of supporting the development of new renewable energy projects. That is, the aggregation will strive to source renewable power from new rather than existing projects, and to increase the total amount of renewable generation on the regional grid. This is what is meant by additionality.
- Support local renewable energy. Any renewable energy that the aggregation acquires, either by purchasing of renewable energy credits or by direct investment, will be sourced -- in order of preference – from renewable energy projects
- here in Boston,
- here in Massachusetts,
- if outside Massachusetts, within the New England region, and
- where additionality can be demonstrated, elsewhere.
- Ensure affordability and price stability. The aggregation will strive to ensure that its products represent affordable choices for all Boston residents and that product pricing remains stable over longer periods of time than the utility's default service. In Boston, 22 percent of households are severely housing-cost burdened - spending 50 percent or more of their income on housing costs - and utility expense is a matter of particular concern for low-income renters. The aggregation will seek to mitigate, and not exacerbate that burden.
- Strengthen consumer protection. The aggregation seeks to displace those for-profit aggregators that target the City's most vulnerable community members with deceptive products. These products may offer low introductory rates that are rapidly and significantly increased, and may also include undisclosed fees.
Brief Job Description (essential functions of the job):
The Program Manager serves as the manager of the Boston Community Choice Electricity Program (“BCCE”), Boston’s municipal aggregation, within the Environment Department’s Municipal Energy Unit (MEU). The MEU also includes the MEU Director, an Energy Finance Manager, an Energy Manager, and a contracted BCCE outreach coordinator. The City’s Director of Energy Policy and Programs oversees the Municipal Energy Unit and other energy planning activities. The Program Manager is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations of the BCCE.