Important National Grid Rate Update
National Grid recently announced the Basic Service residential rate for the winter season, November 2022 – April 2023. For the average Melrose household using 735 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per month, participants in our city’s Melrose Community Power (MCP) Program will result in over $164 per month in savings during this period. Future savings cannot be guaranteed because National Grid rates beyond April 2023 are unknown.
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.
Melrose Community Power is the only electricity program offered by our City – beware of look-alike offers and always look for the City seal on materials sent to you!
Enroll in the Program
Most residents and businesses in Melrose already participate in the Melrose Community Power program. Check your electricity bill to see if you’re one of them: In the Supply Services section, the Supplier should be listed as NEXTERA ENERGY SRVCS MA-MELROSE AGG. A full bill sample shows different enrollment scenarios.
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. Customers who receive this letter and choose to participate will be automatically enrolled. To enroll sooner, use our online forms.
November 2021 through November 2024
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 Community Power||National Grid Basic Service|
|Melrose Local Green||Melrose Local Green 100%||Melrose Basic||Residential|
|Fixed rate for 36 months|
|Extra renewables from New England|
|100% renewable energy|
|Renewable energy||Includes 10% more Renewable Energy Certificates (MA Class I RECs), than required by the Commonwealth||RECs to meet 100% of a user's monthly consumption, in addition to meeting all renewable energy standards||Meets renewable energy standards||Meets renewable energy standards|
|Duration||November 2021 - November 2024||May 2022 - October 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.
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.
Get your lawn sign! Let your neighbors know about this great opportunity to take action on climate with the City’s own program.
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
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 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.
How it works
Melrose Community Power does not replace National Grid as your electric utility: they continue to deliver electricity, repair outages and manage all billing. The program offers alternatives for the Supply portion of your bill. See the Understanding Your Bill section on the National Grid’s website to see the difference between Supply and Delivery sections.
The program is open to electricity customers in Melrose – whether they are a resident, a business, a renter or an owner.
The program has voluntary participation and automatic enrollment.
- Voluntary participation: customers can leave the program at any time without penalty.
- Automatic enrollment for new customers: In Melrose, most residential and business customers are already enrolled in the program. New customers or newly eligible customers will periodically be sent a Customer Notification Letter notifying them of their choice to participate in the program or leave before it starts (opt out). Customers have 30 days to make a choice and those who do not opt out are automatically enrolled in the program. To enroll sooner, use our online forms.
- Opt-in required for some: Those Melrose residents and businesses who have already chosen an electricity supplier other than National Grid will not receive the Customer Notification Letter, though they can voluntarily opt in to the program at any time. The Department of Public Utilities advises all customers of third party suppliers to check their contract terms as their supplier may charge them a fee or a penalty to leave before the end of their contract with their supplier.
Solar electricity consumers will not be impacted and will continue to receive all net metering credits while participating in the Program.
Budget Billing and Low Income Delivery Rate customers will continue to receive those benefits while participating in the Program.
Questions & 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.