The Cape Light Compact is a cooperative effort of 21 Cape and Island towns and Barnstable and Dukes counties. The Compact was formed in 1997 following two years of study and town meeting and town council votes. Its purpose is to represent consumer interests in emerging competitive markets for electricity. It seeks to aggregate all consumers to negotiate the best rates for the supply and distribution of electricity and to advance consumer protection for the residents and businesses of Cape Cod and the Vineyard. It brings together the buying power of more than 180,000 customers. Participation is voluntary for the towns and voluntary for each individual consumer. Any individual has the opportunity to decline service provided through the Compact and choose any electric supplier they wish.
The Compact provides:
An option to join together for purchase of power supply at reduced rates
An option for recovery of funds collected from Cape consumers by Commonwealth Electric each year for energy efficiency and conservation programs
An opportunity for professional representation at the state level and in negotiations with Commonwealth Electric
This comprehensive approach, undertaken with legal and technical support, is vitally important as the electric industry continues in its transition to a competitive market.