Current Projects

Updated Municipal Stretch Codes

The Stretch Code is published and maintained by the MA Department of Energy Resources to establish building codes that govern energy efficiency in new residential and commercial construction. The Specialized code is an optional update that would help achieve greenhouse-gas emission limits and ensure that new construction is consistent with the net-zero Massachusetts economy projected for 2050, a goal to be accomplished by a combination of reduced energy use and efficient electrification.



Stretch code chart



Presentation Materials. On Feb. 26, 2024, representatives of Mass. DOER presented on the updated Municipal Building codes. 

Additional resources


Community Choice Aggregation

Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is a program that allows Massachusetts municipalities to voluntarily bundle or "aggregate" the electrical purchasing power of its households, effectively creating a town-wide buying group. By doing this, the town can establish contracts to obtain electrical services that are more responsive to community interests — either lower cost or "greener" sources of the electricity supply.  By aggregating, a town gains leverage to negotiate better individual rates with competitive suppliers, as well as determining various options for green power sources.  The household gets to pick the type of service it wants — this is the "choice."

Community Choice Aggregation, Warrant Article 3, was unanimously approved at Annual Town Meeting, June 3, 2023.  That means that the Select Board is now authorized to initiate an exploration of the CCA program, allowing Shutesbury to investigate electricity suppliers, to seek competitive bids on source options, and eventually to contract an electrical supplier that meets our needs (or to reject all bids and keep the status quo).

So what's next?  Steps in the investigative process and their expected timeline are spelled out in the slides presented at the December 2022 information forum (you can view the forum video here). 



Past Projects

Household Energy Survey (2022) —

Online from May 14th through midnight, June 12th.
Survey results are tabulated here.