The City of Melrose is offering public information sessions regarding the new Community Electricity Aggregation Program. Please come to any of the sessions with your questions and learn more about the program. Attendees may find it helpful to bring a recent National Grid electric bill to refer to during the presentation.
- Tuesday, December 1st at 7:00 PM in the downstairs meeting room of the Melrose Public Library
- Wednesday, December 2nd at 9:30 AM at the Milano Senior Center (registration required – please call 781-662-6886)
- Wednesday, December 9th at 7:00 PM in the GAR Room at Memorial Hall
- Thursday, December 10th at 9:30 AM at the Milano Senior Center (registration required – please call 781-662-6886)
The City of Melrose recently received state approval to offer a Community Electricity Aggregation Program to residents and businesses on Basic Service with National Grid. The Program is a form of group purchasing in which the City arranges electricity supply on behalf of Melrose ratepayers. The goals of the Program are to provide competitive choice, longer-term price stability and reduced electric rates, while also including local renewable energy.
Following a competitive bid process, the City selected Constellation New Energy, Inc. for a contract term from January 2016 to January 2017. Under the contract, the rate per kWh for electric supply will be fixed for twelve months at 9.6 cents which compares to the current National Grid rate of 13 cents.
Current National Grid Basic Service customers will be automatically enrolled in the program unless they opt-out via postcards in letters that were mailed to eligible account holders on November 24th. The opt-out period is 30 days from the postmark date on the letter. Aggregation programs were designed to be opt-out in Massachusetts in order to incent electric suppliers to offer their best rates. Once enrolled, program participants can leave the program at any time without penalty or cost.
Program participants will continue to receive one bill from National Grid. Outages and emergencies will still be National Grid’s responsibility. Budget Plan arrangements with National Grid will also stay the same.
The primary intent of the Program is to provide price stability and savings over the duration of the twelve-month term. However, there is no guarantee of future savings as National Grid Basic Service supply rates change every six months and may drop below the program rate. Most of the savings are expected during the winter months when National Grid’s rates spike as happened for the past two winters and this month as well.
More information on how to enroll in the Melrose Program or about the local renewable energy in the Melrose Local Green standard product is available at http://www.melrose-cea.com, by calling (844)463-5767, or by attending one of the upcoming public information sessions.