Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant (TMLP) has extended its contract with FirstLight Power of Burlington, Massachusetts, ensuring supply of clean hydropower for an additional seven years to 2030.

TMLP was the first Massachusetts utility to enter into an initial 2018 agreement with FirstLight Power, the owner and operator of hydroelectric generation facilities in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and one of the region’s leading clean power producers and energy storage providers. This extension helps the municipal utility to lock in the resources it needs to decarbonize its electric generation output. 

“TMLP’s early and ongoing commitment to clean energy from locally made hydropower is a prime example of clean energy leadership from municipal utilities here in Massachusetts,” said Alicia Barton, CEO of FirstLight Power. “Long-term commitments such as this TMLP contract extension are critical in the fight against climate change, and it aligns perfectly with FirstLight’s mission to decarbonize the regional electric grid.”

The 2021 extension will keep the TMLP power portfolio at nearly 26% of renewable hydropower through the year 2030. This extension is a continuation of TMLP’s 2018 purchase from FirstLight representing 7% of the TMLP power portfolio in 2018 and additional purchases done in 2020 which started by increasing to more than 9% of TMLP’s residential, municipal and commercial use by 2022 and totalling about 21% for the years 2024 through 2030 with this new agreement and existing agreements between TMLP, FirstLight and as part of its ownership of Energy New England.

General Manager, Kenneth Goulart; Commissioners; Mark Blackwell Sr., Peter Corr and Joseph Martin

“We are proud to add this renewable agreement to our other carbon-free energy resources as we continue our commitment of transitioning our portfolio to 100% carbon-free power,” said TMLP General Manager Ken Goulart.