The City of Melrose restarted the Melrose Community Electricity Aggregation program for residents and businesses in June of 2019. The primary goals of the program are to provide competitive choice, longer-term price stability and more renewable energy options to participating consumers. The program was approved by the Board of Aldermen and the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities.
You may view the City of Melrose CEA rates on the Program Details page.
Disclaimer: A goal of the aggregation program is to produce savings for customers, but savings cannot be guaranteed compared to the utility’s basic service rate which changes every six months for Residential and Small Business customers and every three months for Large Business customers. The aggregation program seeks to provide price stability and average savings over the full term of the program, but because future basic service rates are not known, there is no guarantee of savings.
Melrose consumers should continue to be aware of aggressive sales tactics by suppliers going door-to-door or by 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 note that National Grid does not call customers to offer discounts and should therefore be aware of any callers who claim they are calling from National Grid.
The CEA program had been successful since it originally launched in January 2016, offering savings, consumer protections, and a trusted choice among many available on the market. (The program was temporarily suspended from August 2017 to June of 2019 as it was determined that the best option for Melrose ratepayers was to terminate the program and return them to National Grid Basic Service supply.) 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 also 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 prefer 100 percent renewable energy may opt up to the Melrose Premium 100% Local Green option HERE.
Martha Grover, Energy Efficiency Manager for the City of Melrose, contributed the following article (excerpts above) for Wicked Local, June 28, 2017.