By Joan F. Simoneau, Community Reporter
Marlborough – Marlborough has received $50,000 from Colonial Power as part of its negotiated agreement to fund energy efficiency improvements for the city and its residents. Mayor Arthur Vigeant informed the City Council of the funds at the June 1 meeting and said he looked forward to working with councilors in establishing a program to utilize the money effectively.
“As electricity rates remain high and heating costs continue to rise we ought to assist our residents in finding energy efficiencies in their own homes,” said the mayor.
National Grid has reduced its electricity rates to nearly 9 cents per kilowatt hour.
“This rate out performs the rate that the city has with Colonial Power under the municipal aggregation agreement. The new rates from National Grid mean that Marlborough residents are now paying more than they should for electricity,” he stated in his communication to the council.
The $50,000 funding will allow lawmakers to continue their study of the offerings of power companies and inform city residents of their options under the current municipal aggregation agreement.