Massachusetts employers pay some of the highest electricity costs in the nation - almost double North Carolina and other competitor states. Those costs impact your ability to compete, putting jobs at risk.
AIM is the only major trade association working to moderate energy costs for employers in legislative, administrative, regulatory and sometimes judicial arenas.
- Department of Public Utilities
Energy Bill 2012 (An Act Relative to Competitively Priced Electricity in the Commonwealth) - This bill made the following changes supported by AIM:
- Required competitive bidding on future long-term contracts for renewable power projects, putting an end to sweetheart deals like Cape Wind (which will cost Massachusetts more than $3 billion dollars over 15 years).
- Require the Department of Public Utilities to analyze the current cross subsidies from commercial and industrial ratepayers to homeowners, and begin to rebalance the cost of power in accordance with the burden on the system. Currently C&I customers subsidize the residential sector to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars per year.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities controls rate increases that distribution companies receive. AIM is often the only trade association at the table, submitting briefs and testifying. Recent issues include:
- NSTAR purchase of Cape Wind power - We opposed this contract because it will unnecessarily add billions to the cost of electricity over purchasing other renewable power.
NSTAR rate increases.
AIM goes to court when necessary to fight for electricity costs that help the Massachusetts economy grow.
AIM recently sued the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities challenging DPU approval of the anti-consumer National Grid Cape Wind power contract. Though we did not succeed, we continue to fight to make sure the ratepayers get the best bang for the buck.
Robert Rio, Esq.
Senior Vice President