The City of Melrose will be restarting 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.
The City of Melrose is pleased to announce new program rates shown below.
“Melrose Local Green”
5% More Local Renewable Energy than Required
“Melrose Premium 100% Local Green”
100% Local Renewable Energy
Minimum Required Renewable Energy
National Grid Basic Service
June 2019 – November 2021
Rates apply to service beginning and ending on the days of the month that your meter is read in your service area.
May – October 2019
Residential and Small Business rates change every six months. *Large Business rates change every three months.
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.
Watch your mailboxes in early April for the postcard below which contains important program information.
IMPORTANT UPDATE, JUNE 2017
After an analysis of available rates in the summer of 2017, the City determined that the best option for Melrose ratepayers was to terminate the program and return them to National Grid Basic Service supply.
In July of 2017, all accounts that were enrolled in the Melrose program were automatically switched to the National Grid Basic Service. National Grid bills received in August reflected this July switch.
The City planned to resume the aggregation program after the current NEMA rate spike ends (see new program rates and details above).
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 had been successful for the 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 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.