Brookline Green Electricity (BGE) is a program offered by the Town to provide residents and businesses more electricity supply options by pooling the electricity use of thousands of users in Brookline. The program is a Town-vetted alternative to Eversource’s default supply and other third party electricity suppliers.
1,000 for 100%
The town of Brookline, in partnership with Climate Action Brookline and others, is looking to grow the number of participants in the 100% option from 1,000 to 2,000. Sign up your home or business for Brookline ALL Green today.
Add a lawn sign to your yard to encourage your neighbors to sign up for the 100% option! Email Susan Martin, a volunteer with Climate Action Brookline, to get yours.
January 2020 to December 2022
BGE has a standard option, Brookline Green, which has more renewable energy certificates (RECs) than required by MA. Participants in the Program receive Brookline Green unless they affirmatively choose one of the other electricity options.
30% RECs in addition to renewable energy standards
Brookline Green 65
65% RECs in addition to renewable energy standards
Brookline All Green
Includes RECs equal to 100% of the user’s electricity consumption, in addition to meeting all renewable energy requirements
Meets renewable energy 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.
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.
Eversource Basic Service Rates
Residential: $0.10753 /kWh (July – December 2021)
Commercial: $0.09850/kWh (July – December 2021)
Industrial: $0.12746/kWh NEMA (October – December 2021)
Renewable Energy: Meets minimum renewable energy standards
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
Goals of Brookline Green Electricity
Competitive, Stable Price
Using strategic purchasing, combined with the bulk-purchasing power of thousands of households and businesses in the Program, BGE provides competitive, stable rates. Please note, savings compared to Eversource 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
BGE’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 four different options for electricity supply so that everyone in Brookline can find an option that fits their budget and climate goals.
Participants in BGE may leave the Program at any time without penalty.
How it works
Brookline Green Electricity does not replace Eversource as our electric utility: they continue to deliver electricity, repair outages and manage all billing. The program offers alternatives for the Supply Services portion of your bill. See the Understanding Your Bill section on the Eversource’s website to see the difference between Supply and Delivery services.
The program is open to electricity customers in Brookline – 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 Brookline, 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 Brookline residents and businesses who have already chosen an electricity supplier other than Eversource 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 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.
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.