Clean Energy & Energy Efficiency

The City of Somerville has several programs aimed at improving access to clean energy and energy efficiency measures in homes and buildings. The majority of Somerville’s greenhouse gas emissions come from our buildings. Therefore, improving access to clean energy and incentivizing energy efficient buildings is a key priority for achieving carbon neutrality. In addition to the climate change benefits, clean energy and energy efficiency can also help to reduce utility costs for residents and help make Somerville’s homes more comfortable.

 

  • Community Choice Electricity

  • Somerville Energy Efficiency Now! (SEEN)

  • Solar Energy

  • Mass Save Small Business Program

In an effort to both lower the cost of electricity bills as well as introduce green power options into our energy supply, the City of Somerville has organized a citywide electricity bulk buying program known as Somerville Community Choice Electricity. Established by Masschusetts state statute, “municipal aggregation” programs allow cities to pool the citywide energy buying power of all interested customers in the city to obtain community-wide benefits.

The objective of municipal aggregation is to lower electricity bills through the formation of a buying group composed of residents and businesses without interfering with the level of service provided by the existing utility (Eversource in Somerville), which will continue to distribute the electricity supply. In addition to lowering and stabilizing electricity prices, aggregation can be used to increase the amount of renewable energy in the community’s energy supply.

Municipal aggregation was created under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 164 Section 134. More than 60 cities and towns in Massachusetts—including Melrose, New Bedford, and Salem—already have active electricity aggregation programs

In October 2015, the Board of Aldermen authorized the creation of a community choice aggregation plan in Somerville. After accepting public comments, receiving approval by the Board of Aldermen, and undergoing review by the Department of Energy Resources, the City of Somerville received approval for its plan from state Department of Public Utilities in April 2017. You can download a copy of the plan here. As with all municipal aggregation programs in Massachusetts, Somerville Community Choice Electricity employed a competitive procurement process designed to maximize savings and provide a full set of consumer protections, including the right for any customer to opt out of the program at any time at no charge.

Please visit https://SomervilleCCE.com/ for detailed information on Somerville Community Choice Electricity. This website includes rate information and FAQs.


 

PARA  INFORMACIÓN  MAS DETALLADA sobre este programa, visite https://SomervilleCCE.com/.

PARA MAIS INFORMAÇÕES DETALHADAS a respeito deste programa, visite https://SomervilleCCE.com/.

POU PLIS ENFÒMASYON konsènan pwogram nan, vizite https://SomervilleCCE.com/.

SEEN is a program through the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development Housing Division that works to make Somerville’s housing more energy efficient by encouraging residents to take advantage of existing offers and programs through MassSave. MassSave provides no-cost Home Energy Assessments to Somerville homeowners, landlords, and tenants. An energy assessment takes between one and three hours and will help identify energy and cost saving improvements in your home. If 1,001 Somerville residents complete Home Energy Assessments in 2017, the City of Somerville will earn $40,000 for future energy efficiency initiatives from National Grid!

 

Sign up for your Mass Save no-cost Home Energy Assessment today and learn more about additional incentives here.

The City of Somerville has made it a priority to help reduce costs and barriers for residents looking to go solar. If you are interested in learning more about going solar, please visit the Somerville Energy Efficiency Now page.

In 2016, the City of Somerville ran the highly successful Solarize Somerville campaign to spur residential solar installation. A total of 115 households signed up to make the switch to solar through this program—increasing Somerville’s installed solar capacity by over 500 kW.  The Solarize program may have ended, but you can still get solar for your home. If you are interested in solar, you can get started by reviewing the information on the Renewable Energy tab of the Somerville Energy Efficiency Now site.

SolSmart Gold Award: Nationally Distinguished, Locally Powered

For our efforts to make it faster, easier and cheaper to go solar, Somerville has earned SolSmart Gold Designation from SolSmart, a national designation and technical assistance program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. SolSmart nationally recognizes communities for adopting programs and practices that make it faster, easier, and cheaper to go solar. A SolSmart designation is a signal that the community is “open for solar business,” helping to attract solar industry investment and generate economic development and local jobs. Earlier this year, Somerville became the first community in the Commonwealth to be designated Bronze. Somerville is now the first community in Massachusetts to earn Gold.

 

From L to R: Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Solar Coach Mary Mangan, Director of Sustainability Oliver Sellers-Garcia, Housing and Environment Programs Coordinator Christine Andrews, and Housing and Environment Programs Manager Russell Koty pose with the cleverly designed SolSmart Bronze Designation Award.

 

Solar Coach Mary Mangan leads the charge of Solarize Somerville volunteers in the 2016 Memorial Day Parade

 

Official City of Somerville Seal

The City of Somerville and Eversource are excited to bring affordable energy-efficiency services through the Mass Save Small Business Program.

Eversource’s selected vendor, Rise Engineering will be visiting businesses throughout Somerville to provide free energy assessments starting August 23rd. Potential energy-saving opportunities include but are not limited to: lighting, thermostats, water saving devices, and insulation. If eligible, these measures will help reduce energy and maintenance expenses to your business. Businesses are able to opt-out of both the assessment and the implementation for any reason.

To sign up for a free energy assessment, visit Rise Engineering’s Somerville Portal here.

Questions about the program?

Please contact Nick Schonberger, Economic Development Assistant at [email protected] or Todd Cowger, Senior Marketing Specialist at [email protected]

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