Brookline Green Electricity

Brookline Green Electricity (BGE) is an electricity supply program organized by the town of Brookline to provide residents and businesses with new, town-vetted options for electricity supply.  The delivery of electricity and billing for use is still completed through Eversource, so customers continue to receive only one bill from the utility.

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.

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Program Options

BGE has a standard option, Brookline Green, which has more renewable energy certificates (RECs) than required by state law. Participants in the Program receive Brookline Green unless they affirmatively choose one of the other electricity options

Brookline
Green

$0.11615/kWh

30% RECs in addition to renewable energy standards

Brookline Green 65
65 percent dial

$0.12665/kWh

65% RECs in addition to renewable energy standards

Brookline All Green

$0.13715/kWh

Includes RECs equal to 100% of the user’s electricity consumption, in addition to meeting all renewable energy requirements

Brookline
Basic
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$0.10715/kWh

Meets renewable energy requirements

BGE pricing is in effect from January 2020 meter read to the December 2022 meter read.

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.

What the Community Is Saying

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.

Raul Fernandez
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.

Carol Caro
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.

Kathleen Scanlon
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.

Werner Lohe
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
Easy Participation

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.

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 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 (opt out) the Program. 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 the contact form, program phone number and email contact, visit the support page.