Melrose Community Power (MCP) is a program offered by the City to provide residents and businesses more electricity supply options by pooling the electricity use of thousands of users in Melrose. The program is a City-vetted alternative to National Grid’s default supply and other third party electricity suppliers.
Wednesday, November 10, 6:30pm
Community Meeting: learn about your electricity options this winter with Melrose’s Sustainability Director, Martha Grover.
Melrose Community Power will continue for another three years through November 2024. Those who already participate in the program don’t need to do anything to continue their participation.
How to tell if you’re enrolled in MCP?
The SUPPLIER field on your National Grid electricity bill will read NEXTERA ENERGY SRVCS MA-MELROSE AGG:
For MCP program participants, the new electricity rates automatically take effect as of the November 2021 meter read date. Participants will see the new rate for their current MCP product reflected in the Supply portion of the bills received after November.
|Melrose Community Power||National Grid|
|Melrose Local Green||Melrose Local Green 100%||Melrose Basic||Basic Service|
|Renewable Energy Content||10% MA Class I RECs above MA renewable energy standards||100% in addition to MA renewable energy standards||meets renewable energy standards (nothing added)||meets renewable energy standards|
|Duration||November 2021 – November 2024||November 1, 2021 – April 30, 2022|
|*Disclaimer: Savings cannot be guaranteed as compared to National Grid Basic Service because National Grid rates past April 2022 are unknown. Products described as Green contain additional renewable energy credits (RECs) above that required by MA law. The additional RECs qualify for MA Class I designation and come only from solar, wind, anaerobic digestion, and low-impact hydro. Local means 100% of the additional RECs are sourced from New England.|
Current program rates
Melrose Community Power has a standard product, called Melrose Local Green, which has more renewable energy than required by the Commonwealth. Participants in the program receive Melrose Local Green unless they affirmatively choose one of our optional products. Learn more, including how to switch your choice.
Melrose Local Green
Includes 5% more Renewable Energy Certificates, than required by the Commonwealth
Melrose Local Green 100%
Includes Renewable Energy Certificates equal to 100% of the user’s electricity consumption, in addition to meeting all renewable energy requirements
Meets all Renewable Energy Certificate requirements
Products described as Green contain Renewable Energy Certificates (MA Class I RECs) above that required by the Commonwealth and come only from solar, wind, anaerobic digestion and low-impact hydro located within New England. Local refers to electricity from renewable energy resources located in New England.
MA Class I RECs
All of the additional RECs included in the program are designated as Massachusetts Class I. RECs are the accepted legal instrument used to track renewable energy generation and to substantiate claims of renewable energy use. Learn more about the RECs that are included on the Renewable Energy page.
Program options will be available to all residents and businesses in June 2019 through November 2021.
National Grid Basic Service Rates
$0.14821/kWh for Residential – November 2021 through April 2022
$0.13113/kWh for Commercial – November 2021 through April 2022
$0.17336/kWh for Industrial – November 2021 through January 2022
Future savings cannot be guaranteed because National Grid Basic Service rates change every six months for residential and commercial customers and every three months for industrial customers.
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Goals of Melrose Community Power
Competitive, Stable Price
Using strategic purchasing, combined with the bulk purchasing power of thousands of households and businesses in the program, MCP provides competitive, stable rates. Please note, savings compared to National Grid Basic Service cannot be guaranteed because Basic Service prices change every six months for residential and commercial customers and every three months for industrial customers.
Support Renewable Energy Sources Renewable Energy
MCP’s standard and optional products include more Renewable Energy Certificates (MA Class I), than required by the Commonwealth. This means you can support the growth of renewable energy generation in our region.
Increased Choice and
The program offers 3 different options for electricity supply so that everyone in Melrose can find an option that fits their budget and climate goals.
Participants in MCP may leave the program at any time without penalty.
Solar Electricity Consumers will continue to receive their net metering credits while participating in the program.
Budget Plan or Eligible Low-Income delivery rate consumers will continue to receive those benefits from the utility.
How it works
Most residents and businesses in Melrose already participate in the MCP program. Check your electricity bill to see if you’re one of them: the Supplier should be listed as NEXTERA ENERGY SRVCS MA-MELROSE AGG (check the sample bill). If National Grid is still listed as your supplier, you may complete the enrollment form to sign up for MCP. If a different supplier is listed, contact that supplier to check for penalties or termination fees that they may charge before you join the MCP program.
Participation in the MCP program is voluntary: you can leave the program at any time without fee or penalty.
The program will periodically send Customer Notification letters to new or newly eligible electricity customers, which includes the program details, information about product prices, and renewable energy certificates. Customers who receive this letter and do not choose to opt out will be automatically enrolled. To enroll sooner, use our online forms.
Questions and Support
Have questions or need help? Please visit the support page, which contains the contact information for the current program supplier and a form for comments.