Brookline Green Electricity (BGE) is Brookline’s program to provide electricity supply to Brookline residents and businesses that supports new renewable energy and expands customer choice.
Brookline Green Electricity is a municipal aggregation program operated by the town of Brookline. With BGE, Eversource continues to deliver electricity and manage all electricity billing. The only change is the source and cost of electricity supply, chosen by the Town of Brookline through a competitive bidding process.
BGE has a standard option, called Brookline Green, which has more renewable energy content than required by state law. Participants in the program receive Brookline Green unless they affirmatively choose one of the other electricity options.
11% MA Class I renewable electricity in addition to state renewable electricity standards
Brookline Green 65
65% MA Class I renewable electricity in addition to state renewable electricity standards
Brookline All Green
100% MA Class I renewable electricity in addition to state renewable electricity standards
Meets state renewable electricity standards
BGE pricing is in effect from January 2020 meter read to December 2022 meter read. Products described as Green contain renewable electricity above that required by state law. The additional renewable electricity qualifies for MA Class I designation and comes only from solar, wind, anaerobic digestion and low-impact hydro located within New England. Local refers to New England.
Eversource Basic Service Rates
Residential: $0.11882 /kWh (January – June 2021)
Commercial: $0.11173/kWh (January – June 2021)
Industrial: $0.11423/kWh NEMA (January – March 2021)
Renewable Energy: Meets only the state minimum standards.
Eversource’s fixed Basic Service rates change every six months for residential and commercial accounts and every three months industrial accounts.
Future savings compared to Eversource Basic Service cannot be guaranteed because future Basic Service prices change every six months for residential and commercial customers and every three months for industrial customers.
The Climate Crisis requires everybody to be involved, including the business community. The Brookline Green Electricity program gives our businesses, non-profits, and residents an avenue to take one step forward, together, while creating demand for more renewable energy projects to come online, right here in New England.
Member, Brookline Select Board
We have used green electricity for close to 10 years. It feels good to be doing one’s part to decrease dependency on fossil fuels. And the big surprise was that the extra cost of the additional renewable electricity we buy thorough the program is tax deductible.
Member, Advisory Committee
Participating in Brookline Green is the easiest, most effective thing we can do to keep fossil fuels in the ground. No other action we can take will result in carbon emission reductions of this magnitude. This is an essential step for our community to become part of a growing movement to a clean energy future.
Architect; Coordinator, Mothers Out Front
Brookline has developed a program that is good for consumers and the environment, and it’s received the stamp of approval from the state Department of Public Utilities.
Co-Chair, Select Board’s Climate Action Committee
Show your support for Brookline ALL Green
Put a lawn sign in your front yard: contact Brookline Select Board member, Nancy Heller, to secure yours.
Goals of Brookline Green Electricity
Local Renewable Energy
BGE’s standard product includes 30% more local renewable energy known as Massachusetts Class I, than required by the state. This means you can have cleaner electricity, while helping to support the growth of renewable energy in our region. The program also includes three optional products which include 65% or 100% more renewable energy than is required by the state, and one that simply meets the renewable energy level that is required by the state.
BGE secures multi-year, fixed price contracts. In contrast, Basic Service rates change every six months for Residential and Commercial customers, and every three months for Large Business customers. Therefore, BGE rates may be above or below the Basic Service rate in any given period.
BGE seeks to procure electricity supply contracts when the market is favorable. Combined with the bulk buying power of thousands of households and businesses in the program, BGE aims to produce savings for customers compared to Eversource’s Basic Service rates, however, future savings compared to 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.
BGE allows participants to leave the program or switch between options within the program at any time and without penalty.
Budget Plan or Eligible Low-Income delivery rate consumers will continue to receive those benefits from the utility.
Solar Electricity Consumers will not be impacted and will continue to receive their net metering credits while participating in the program.
How to Participate in Brookline Green Elecitricty
Most residents and businesses in Brookline are already participating in BGE (check that your Eversource bill says “SUPPLIER: Direct Energy Town of Brookline” in the Supply section).
If you are not already participating in BGE, you can enroll in any of the available products at any time by filling out the enrollment form.
From time to time, eligible electricity customers will receive an opt-out letter detailing the program and ways to leave the program (opt out). Eligible customers who choose not to opt out will be automatically enrolled.
Electricity customers who are currently enrolled with a third-party supplier will not receive the opt-out letter and will not be automatically enrolled. These customers can voluntarily join the program but may be subject to penalties or early termination fees from the third-party supplier if they switch to the electricity aggregation program during the term of their contract.
Questions & Support
To manage BGE, the Town partners with an aggregation consultant, Good Energy, L.P. For contact form, program phone number and email contact, visit the support page.