In summer 2017, the Town of Brookline launched Brookline Green Electricity to purchase electric supply—and offer more options for renewable energy—at stable, competitive rates. To extend the Town’s Brookline Green Electricity program, the Town has selected Direct Energy Services as its new retail electricity supplier for the next 35 months, beginning January 2020. Direct Energy is the supplier to numerous Community Electricity Aggregation programs in the Commonwealth. Under the program, Eversource Energy will continue to deliver the electric supply to households and businesses with no change in the quality of service just as it has since the program launched in 2017.
Why renewable energy? The Town is committed to increasing access to affordable renewable energy regardless of income level. Our dependence on burning fossil fuels to generate electricity is one of the biggest producers of climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions. Renewable energy, like wind power, reduces our reliance on fossil fuels, displacing the polluting emissions they produce.
Over the course of the initial 30-month contract (through December 2019), the default Brookline Green Program, compared to the standard Eversource product, has cost less money ($1.5 million annually) while also reducing climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions by 28,872 tons. And, by purchasing locally generated renewable energy at stable, competitive rates, we are supporting the Massachusetts workforce. Something as ordinary as paying your electric bill can have an extraordinary impact on our community.