Municipal Light Plant
The Concord Municipal Light Plant was established on April 4, 1898. Under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Chapter 370 of the Acts of 1891 allowed a Town like Concord to “engage in the manufacture and distribution of gas and electricity.” Passage required two consecutive town meeting votes in the affirmative by two-thirds of the voters using written or printed ballots.
Because of the growing dissatisfaction with the operation and cost of gas streetlights, the need for a new sewer power plant and the possible economies of considering a combined electric and sewer power station, the Committees on Electric Lighting and Sewerage recommended the first of the necessary two votes. This would begin the evaluation process of forming a town owned electric plant. The Town Meeting on March 30, 1896, voted in favor of the proposal. The Town Meeting in 1897 voted in favor for the required second time but deferred any action because of the estimated cost of over $125,000 to construct the combined power station.
On April 4, 1898, Town Meeting voters finally decided to take control of Concord’s electric service, voting to establish a Light Plant governed by a three-member Light Board of local citizens.
In late March 2023, the Town of Concord Select Board presented CMLP with a proclamation acknowledging its continuous operation and outstanding public service for 125 years. On April 4, State Representative Simon Cataldo presented Dave Wood, CMLP Director, with a proclamation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives recognizing Concord Municipal Light Plant for its 125 years of service. In addition, Michael Hyland, Executive Director, Northeast Public Power Association, also presented a proclamation to Dave Wood.
CMLP held an open house for Concord residents on Saturday, October 14th to celebrate our 125th anniversary. Approximately 130 Concord residents joined us for fun activities and events including bucket truck rides, hands on excavator experience, Broadband demos, electric circuit building, bicycle generator, and more.