In November 2015, the City of Melrose approved and developed a Community Electricity Aggregation (CEA) program in order to provide residents and businesses with competitive choice, longer-term price stability and reduced electricity rates, while also including local renewable energy.
- The program was renewed with the same supplier, Constellation, at a rate of $0.1022/kWh, for January through June 2017
- Melrose Local Green, which includes 5% more local renewable energy than required by the Commonwealth, will remain the default option
- Participants can opt out of the program at any time without penalty
- National Grid will continue to provide a single electric bill and to respond to all service calls
- No action is required for those already participating in the program Rate stability, modest savings, consumer choice and education continue to be benefits of the program
The program has achieved all of its goals to varying degrees, but for many, the positive environmental impacts for our community are the most exciting. For instance, in just one year of operation, it is estimated that the program has resulted in:
Removing the equivalent of 678 cars from being driven for a year, or 7.5 million less miles driven.
Or, nearly 3.45 million lbs of coal not burned.
Or, the equivalent to 3,039 acres of U.S. forests storing carbon for one year.
These numbers illustrate how our city is making a difference through a long-term investment in renewable energy in Massachusetts.