PowerOptions News

PowerOptions Calls for Immediate Action on Natural Gas

Proposes Plan for Expedient Pipeline Expansion
Boston, MA, August 7—PowerOptions, Massachusetts’ largest energy buying group, today issued its position paper on the natural gas pipeline capacity constraints that are wreaking havoc on New England’s energy markets and producing some of the the highest electricity and natural gas prices in the country. The paper, “An Expedient Solution to New England’s Natural Gas Constraints,” outlines the severity of the situation, and summarizes the regional discussion to date in simple terms for its Members and other non-industry readers. The

Letter to Legislators Regarding Clean Energy Resources Bill, H. 4187

I am writing on behalf of PowerOptions with concerns about the proposed Clean Energy Resources Bill, H.  4187 (previously H. 3968), which mandates electric distribution companies procure and sign long term contracts for a very large amount of  energy. The amount of electric energy (18,900,000 MWh or approximately 2,400 MWs) is so great that, from a practical standpoint, the contract will be for large scale hydroelectric power from outside the region, i.e. Canada. The proposed amount of increased energy to

Letter to Legislators Regarding An Act Relative to Net Metering and Solar Power, H. 4185

I am writing on behalf of PowerOptions to urge the passage of H. 4185, An Act Relative to Net Metering and Solar Power, that will uncap solar net metering and create new opportunities for renewable energy and jobs in Massachusetts. PowerOptions, a 15 year old non-profit, is the largest energy buying consortium of its kind in Massachusetts, exclusively for non-profits and government entities. Our 500 members rely on our competitive electricity and natural gas supply offerings, and our successful solar

Northampton Housing Authority Goes Solar With PowerOptions and SunEdison

Saves $1.3 Million and Protects Against Rising Electricity Prices
Northampton, MA, June 23—The Northampton Housing Authority is projected to save $1.3 million over the next 20 years under its agreement announced today to participate in the solar offering of PowerOptions, the state’s premiere energy-buying consortium for nonprofits and government entities. The housing authority, which has 614 units throughout the city, will receive credits associated with 1.6 Megawatts of power from a soon-to-be-operational solar field in Monson, MA developed by SunEdison, one of the world’s leading solar energy service providers,