Page 4 THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, February 9, 2024 Malden Community Electricity program approved by DPU City of Malden preparing its launch in 2024 M ayor Gary Christenson, Councillor-at-Large Carey McDonald, State Senator Jason Lewis and State Representatives Paul Donato, Steve Ultrino and Kate Lipper-Garabedian were pleased to announce that the City of Malden has received approval of its Malden Community Electricity program from the Massachusetts Department of Public Gerry D’Ambrosio Attorney-at-Law Is Your Estate in Order? Do you have an update Will, Health Care Proxy or Power of Attorney? If Not, Please Call for a Free Consultation. 14 Proctor Avenue, Revere (781) 284-5657 Dan - 1972 We Sell Cigars & Accessories! ALL MAJOR BRANDS Singles * Tins * Bundles * Boxes * Travel Humidors * Desk Top Humidors * Many Types of Lighters * Ash Trays * Juuls * Vapes * Glass Pipes * Rewards Program * CBD Infused Products * GIFTS UNDER $30 - GIFT CERTIFICATES STOCK-UP EARLY FOR CIGARS & ACCESSORIES! SUPER BOWL SUNDAY IS FEBRUARY 11th WINTER STORE HOURS: OPEN DAILY 7 DAYS A WEEK, 9AM - 6PM R.Y.O. TOBACCO & TUBES ON SALE! WE MAKE HOUSE KEYS! Green Label Cigar Sale! Buy 2 Cigars, Get One FREE! A.B.C. CIGAR 170 REVERE ST., REVERE (781) 289-4959 Steve Ultrino State Representative Celebrating Our 52nd Year Chris 2024 Gary Christenson Mayor es, while also combating climate change and bringing cleaner electricity to our community,” said Mayor Christensen. “We’re thrilled to start implementing this valuable program.” Approval from DPU came after nearly a year of advocacy from the Mayor, Councillor McDonald and Malden legislators to highlight the urgency of Malden’s energy and climate needs and get the plan approved. Malden’s advocacy has also contributed to systemwide improvements at DPU that will make it easier for all communities to increase their renewable energy supply and create or amend their aggregation plans. “I am thrilled that the residents of Malden will finally be able to reap the benefits of municipal aggregation. From the clear cost savings to the positive environmental impact, Malden Community Electricity is a great example of why the state needs to make it easier for communities to participate in these programs that pair climate resiliency with affordability,” said Senator Lewis. “This is a huge win for Malden for consumer protection and climate action,” said Councillor McDonald, who sponsored the Malden Community Electricity order. “I’ve heard so much support for this program across our neighborhoods, so I was very excited to hear about our approval – thank you to everyone who has helped get us to this point. We’ll be joining over a hundred other communities in the state to negotiKate Lipper-Garabedian State Representative ate bulk electrical rates on good terms for our residents and add more convenient renewable energy options. Malden Community Electricity will be a cornerstone of our equitable climate action strategy as we move towards greater electrification in our environmental justice community.” Now that Malden’s program is approved, the City will begin the process of soliciting bids for an electricity supplier and identifying a program launch date. Once the City has selected a supplier, it will conduct a community-wide education and outreach program. At that time, the City will be able to share the start date, prices, term length and renewable energy content of all the program options. The City’s default offering will seek to provide cleaner electricity with more renewable energy while also providing stable and competitive prices compared to National Grid. Malden Community Electricity will also offer two other options: one with 100% renewable energy, for those seeking the maximum climate impact, and one with just the minimum renewable energy required by the Commonwealth, for those seeking to minimize cost. Municipal aggregation programs like Malden Community Electricity almost always result in lower electrical rates compared to National Grid’s default rates; in part they use the collective purchasing power of the whole community DPU | SEE PAGE 8 Utilities (DPU). Malden Community Electricity will be an electricity aggregation program that will provide new, City-vetted options for electricity supply and increase renewable energy throughout the entire community. “This moment is a major step forward in helping Malden protect our residents and businesses from volatile electricity pricPaul Donato State Representative Carey McDonald Councillor-at-Large Jason Lewis State Senator

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