Community Choice Power Supply Program

The City of Gardner is pleased to announce that Constellation has been selected as the supplier for its Community Choice Power Supply Program.  The program will begin on November 2017 meter readings (December 2017 billings).   

You will not notice any change in your electricity service.


You will continue to receive one bill from National Grid. You will continue to send your payments to National Grid for processing. National Grid will continue to respond to emergencies, read meters and maintain the distribution and transmission lines. Reliability and quality of service will remain the same. Furthermore, you will continue to have all existing consumer rights and protections.

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Mission

The City of Gardner developed the Aggregation Plan in compliance with Massachusetts law regarding public aggregation of electric consumers. It contains required information on the structure, operations, services, funding, and policies of the City’s Plan. The Plan has been developed in consultation with the City’s aggregation implementation consultant, Colonial Power Group, Inc. (CPG) and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER).

The purpose of this Plan is to represent consumer interests in competitive markets for electricity. It seeks to aggregate consumers in the City to negotiate rates for power supply. It brings together the buying power of more than 20,000 consumers. Furthermore, the City seeks to better manage energy prices. Participation is voluntary for each eligible consumer. Eligible consumers have the opportunity to decline service provided through the Plan and to choose any Competitive Supplier they wish. The City has distributed this Plan for public review prior to submitting it to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities.

How does a municipality create a municipal aggregation?

A municipality must:

  1. Vote to initiate the municipal aggregation program
  2. Prepare a municipal aggregation plan in consultation with the Department of Energy Resources, often in partnership with a consultant
  3. Allow an opportunity for citizen review of the municipal aggregation plan
  4. Submit a municipal aggregation plan to the DPU for review and approval

For more information, or to view all approved Municipal Aggregations in the State, visit: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/municipal-aggregation