Mayor Walsh announced yesterday that the city will solicit bids next week for a consultant to develop a "municipal electricity aggregation program" that would essentially buy electricity in bulk for participating ratepayers - with a higher percentage of power coming from renewable sources than from your typical electric utilities.
The idea, first proposed last year by city councilors Michelle Wu and Matt O'Malley, would switch residents to the new plan from their existing electricity provider automatically, but residents could opt out.
Walsh said residents would get a chance to review and comment on the proposal before the city goes forward with it. The plan would also require state approval. The city had earlier requested comments on the idea.