Clean-Energy

Clean Energy in Melrose Community Power

A Green Option for Everyone
Melrose Community Power is committed to supporting the growth of new, local renewable energy in our region. Melrose’s standard procut, Local Green, has 5% extra renewable energy included, above and beyond the State requirements. 

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Buying from New England, Buying Clean
In the Melrose Community Power program, all extra renewable energy qualifies for Massachusetts Class I (MA Class) status. It also meets additional standards to provide Merlose with the cleanest options and the most local impact.

Green Energy Consumers Alliance, the source for all of MCP’s extra renewable energy, helps bring new renewable projects to life through long-term contracts. The sources from which Green Energy Consumers buys are shown below as of April 2020.

Only New England Sources

MA Class I renewable energy can come from New England or adjacent parts of Canada and New York. It is one of the most stringently green standards in the country, but the Melrose Community Power program is even better: we exclusively source our extra renewable energy from within New England. We’re helping to keep our energy impact local, supporting New England’s clean energy economy.

Only Zero-Emission or Methane-Destroying Sources

Melrose Community Power’s extra renewable energy only comes from zero emission sources, such as solar, wind, low-impact hydro1, or sources that destroy the potent greenhouse gas methane, such as anaerobic digestion2. Although traditional biomass, such as wood-fired generation, is eligible as MA Class I, Melrose’s program does not plan to include any for its extra renewable energy. 


Helping to Build Clean Energy

The State of Massachusetts has progressive policies that require everyone to use more renewable energy over time, however, the pace of change needs to be faster to mitigate the worst effects of climate change. Melrose Community Power is leveraging the buying power of our community to bring more clean electricity to our residents and businesses. 

Massachusetts has a requirement for every energy supply to include a minimum amount of MA Class I renewable energy, and that amount increases each year. If you don’t meet the requirements, you pay a penalty. This policy, known as the Renewable Portfolio Standard, provides growing demand for renewable energy, which incentivizes new renewables to be built. By purchasing a significant quantity of extra MA Class I renewable energy, Melrose is raising demand, incentivizing even more renewable energy to be built. 

How big is our impact? In 2020, Melrose Community Power expects to purchase a 3,153 MWh of extra MA Class I renewable energy, above and beyond State requirements. These voluntary purchases are equivalent to the output of the annual production of 2.7 MW solar farm and will displace over 2 million pounds of carbon dioxide.

We are excited that many other cities and towns are joining with Melrose to implement the same type of program and amplify our impact. In fact, recent estimates suggest that fully 10% of the entire MA Class I REC markets will soon be voluntarily purchased by municipal aggregations going above and beyond state requirements, like Melrose Community Power.


1Hydro projects that do not exceed 30 MW built after 1997 or have capacity additions or efficiency improvements made after 1997 (MA Class I eligible), and Low Impact Hydro Institute (LIHI) certified.

2Environmental Protection Agency. Understanding Global Warming Potentials.  https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/understanding-global-warming-potentials

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