After a recent analysis of current rates, the City determined that the best option for Melrose ratepayers is the National Grid Basic Service supply rate.
As of July, all accounts currently enrolled in the Melrose Program will be automatically switched to the National Grid Basic Service fixed supply rate of 9.432 cents per kilowatt hour. No action is required as the switch is automatic and will appear on National Grid electric bills received in August. National Grid supply rates will change again on Nov. 1.
The City plans to continue the aggregation program in late 2018 after the current NEMA rate spike ends.
Melrose consumers should continue to be aware of aggressive sales tactics by suppliers going door-to-door or on the phone. Do not provide an electric account number or say yes to any offers unless the rates and contract terms are clear and agreed upon.
When considering an electricity supply offer, avoid variable rates, contract termination fees, and claims of “green power” that comes from out of state and provides no local benefits. Consumers should know that National Grid does not call customers to offer discounts and beware of any callers who imply they are calling from National Grid.
The CEA program has been successful for the past 18 months, offering savings, consumer protections, and a trusted choice among many available on the market. One of the unexpected benefits has been increased public awareness and understanding of electric bills. Melrose residents also contributed to the development of new renewable energy projects in our state, which makes us all healthier, our air cleaner, and Massachusetts much less reliable on importing fossil fuels from out of state. It’s been a win-win.
Now is a good time to take advantage of MassSave incentives in order to save as much electricity and heating fuel as possible because the cheapest energy is the energy not used. Insulation, energy efficient lighting, heating system upgrades, and other measures can have a significant impact on energy savings. Call HomeWorks Energy at 781-305-3319 to schedule a no-cost MassSave home energy assessment.
Residents who wish to green their electricity and purchase additional renewable energy on top of the 12 percent required by the state can do so by joining Mass Energy’s New England Wind or Green Start programs at https://www.massenergy.org.
Martha Grover, Energy Efficiency Manager for the City of Melrose, contributed the following article (excerpts above) for Wicked Local, June 28, 2017.
Welcome to the Melrose Community Electricity Aggregation (CEA), an electricity program that offers Melrose residents and businesses rate stability, consumer protections, and an opportunity to invest in local renewable energy sources at an affordable price. It is an alternative to National Grid’s Basic Service and other electricity suppliers in the competitive market.
Also known as “Municipal Aggregation,” it is a program created under Massachusetts General Law that allows a municipality to arrange for electricity supply on behalf of consumers in a city or town. Melrose CEA program participants remain National Grid customers and still call National Grid in the event of outages or billing issues. Charges from the new supplier will appear on the bottom of the National Grid bill as in this SAMPLE.
In January 2016, all National Grid Basic Service customers in Melrose were automatically enrolled with the selected supplier Constellation unless they chose not to participate by opting out. Participants can leave the program at any time without penalty to go back to Basic Service or to another supplier.