Jul 20

Brookline Green Electricity Covered in Brookline TAB

Posted on July 20, 2017 at 9:26 AM by Maria Morelli

Journalist Emma Murphy covered the Town's Brookline Green Electricity program in the July 19 Brookline TAB. The article explains the state-mandated auto-enrollment structure and describes the program's three product options,  allowing consumers to choose how much additional renewable energy—0%, 25%, or 100%—they purchase. Although the state mandates that 12% of electricity supplied to consumers come from new renewable resources, increasing 1% every year, at that rate the state will not meet its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by the year 2050.

Read the article at: 

http://brookline.wickedlocal.com/news/20170719/brookline-launches-renewable-energy-program-with-opt-out-system

In concrete terms, participation in the standard 25% product would help Brookline displace 34 million pounds of polluting carbon dioxide emissions annually—the equivalent of running twelve 1.5 MW wind turbines instead of burning fossil fuels. No other action we can take will result in carbon emission reductions of this magnitude.

For the typical household consuming 600 kilowatt hours of electricity monthly, the 25% product costs $2 to $3 more per month compared with Eversource’s basic service. And, a federal tax deduction for the cost of the additional renewable energy is available, offsetting some of the price difference. Alternatively, the program’s Brookline Basic option is less expensive than Eversource’s.

As BOS Chair Neil Wishinsky states, "Brookline Green Electricity empowers consumers to exercise their right to select a more competitive supply rate, to choose how their electricity is generated, and to send a clear message about the need for more renewable energy options from suppliers."


May 24

Town Selects New Electricity Supplier

Posted on May 24, 2017 at 9:02 AM by Maria Morelli

After a competitive bidding process in May, the Town selected Dynegy, Inc. to supply the community’s electricity, with a 30-month contract term from the July 2017 meter reading to the December 2019 meter reading. Approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities in April, the Town’s electricity aggregation program, BROOKLINE GREEN ELECTRICITY, uses bulk purchasing to offer savings and rate stability for residents and businesses. In addition, it provides renewable energy options to reduce the Town’s reliance on carbon-producing fossil fuels. Eversource remains the utility that will deliver the electricity, handle billing, and respond to emergencies and outages. Customers will see changes to only electricity supply rates in their August bill.  Delivery rates will not change. 

By Memorial Day, a 30-day Opt-Out Letter with the Town seal will be mailed to all Eversource account holders announcing the new electricity supplier, the program’s three products and rates, and instructions for any consumer actions. 

See Consumers Resources for helpful guides to assist you during the opt-out period. Visit the Main Page often for Events and information sessions the Town will host in June for consumer support.
May 08

April 28, 2017 - Brookline Green Electricity / Summer Rollout

Posted on May 8, 2017 at 4:43 PM by Maria Morelli

The Department of Public Utilities approved Brookline's electricity aggregation plan, which provides three products for consumers, offering an opportunity for annual savings and more options for renewable energy. The Town will now procure a new electricity supplier and mail notification letters to Eversource account holders around Memorial Day. During the 30-day opt-out period in June, the Town will schedule information sessions. 

Visit the Town's online resource at www.brooklinegreen.com or contact the Planning Department at mmorelli@brooklinema.gov.