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.

Community Meeting

Wednesday, November 10, 6:30pm: learn about your electricity options this winter with Melrose’s Sustainability Director, Martha Grover.

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Program Renewed!

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.

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 AGGA 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.

Program Products

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.

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 Basic Service
Melrose Local Green Melrose Local Green 100% Melrose Basic Residential
$0.11537/kWh $0.14822/kWh $0.11172/kWh $0.14821/kWh
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
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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.

Program Products

through November 2021

Melrose Community Power National Grid Basic Service
Melrose Local Green Melrose Local Green 100% Melrose Basic Residential
$0.10521/kWh $0.12801/kWh $0.10401/kWh $0.14821/kWh
Fixed rate for 29 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

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.

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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

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
Easy Participation

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.

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

Melrose Community Power does not replace National Grid as our 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 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.
  • 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 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.