MMWEC administers contracts and other arrangements covering the purchase and delivery of inexpensive hydroelectric power from the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to Massachusetts municipal utilities. Under an agreement with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU), the official Massachusetts bargaining agent for NYPA power, MMWEC acts as the agent for DPU in overseeing the Massachusetts allocations of power and energy from one federally licensed, NYPA-operated hydroelectric project in New York.
Massachusetts municipal utilities receive 53 megawatts from the Niagara Hydroelectric Project in New York, above, under a contract managed by MMWEC.
The 53.3-megawatt Massachusetts allocation of NYPA hydroelectric power is distributed to the residential customers of all 40 Massachusetts municipal utilities, based upon on each utility’s number of residential customers and residential load.
Eagle Creek Hydro
MMWEC entered into a long-term Power Purchase Agreement for 11.56 megawatts of hydroelectric energy from six generating plants located in New Hampshire and owned by Eagle Creek. The resources are run of river hydroelectric facilities whose output is utilized by 13 MMWEC contract participants, located in the communities of Ashburnham, Boylston, Chicopee, Holden, Ipswich, Marblehead, Paxton, Peabody, Russell, Shrewsbury, Wakefield, West Boylston and Westfield.
The Eagle Creek Hydro portfolio consists of River Bend Hydro, Bow Street Hydro, Lochmere Hydro, Gregg Falls, Pembroke Hydro and Clement Dam.