Daily Energy News: Boston seeks expertise for muni ag program; Raiders to bypass NV Energy in move to Las Vegas; Business news roundup (Constellation, APG&E, ENGIE)

Boston seeks expertise in pursuing municipal aggregation program. The city of Boston is soliciting consultants to manage its municipal aggregation program. “Despite some delays, Boston is entering into the energy buying business with a push from the mayor’s office to jumpstart programs that will obtain electricity for the city,” Riley Villiers reports for the Daily Free Press. “This is a big step toward rolling out community choice aggregation because it will provide the expertise we need to get it done,” Mayor Martin Walsh said in a press release. “We still need to make smart decisions on how to shape a program that’s best for Boston residents and can deliver on our commitment to clean energy.” The green energy aspect of the move also was emphasized by Christopher Cook, Boston’s environment and energy czar. “Community choice aggregation is an important contribution to reducing Boston’s carbon emissions,” Cook said in the press release. “We’re excited to move ahead with the process and develop a program that can benefit the environment and most importantly our residents.”

Raiders football team to run around NV Energy in move to Las Vegas. The Oakland Raiders National Football League team has filed to bypass local utility NV Energy when it relocates to Las Vegas for the 2020 season, the Nevada Independent reports. The football team is asking the Nevada Public Utilities Commission for authorization to preemptively leave the utility and purchase its electricity needs in the competitive market. It’s a similar step taken by many major Nevada businesses over the past three years, pursuant to state law that allows large electricity users to leave as a customer of the utility if they pay an exit fee, the publication notes.

Business news roundup, Constellation, APG&E, ENGIE. Herman Miller and Constellation, an Exelon company and leading retail energy supplier, announced a four-year agreement to power the furnishings manufacturer’s Spring Lake, Mich., manufacturing locations with 100 percent renewable energy. The energy will come from the Harvest II wind project in Elkton, Mich., which is managed by Exelon Generation.

Retail supplier APG&E renewed its energy supply agreement with EDF Trading North America for a term of four years. The energy supply agreement between the two parties provides APG&E the ability to purchase its electricity supply and associated electric grid and utility requirements from EDF.

ENGIE Resources announced it is entering the Midwest retail natural gas markets. Working with a sales channel of independent energy brokers and consultants, ENGIE is now offering 6-, 12-, 18-, 24-, and 36-month fixed price contracts to small commercial and industrial customers in Illinois and Ohio who are participating in local utility choice programs.

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