Medford Community Electricity Aggregation (CEA) is an electricity supply program organized by the City of Medford to provide residents and businesses with new, City-vetted options for electricity supply. The delivery of electricity and billing for use is still completed through the utility (Eversource or National Grid), so customers continue to receive one bill from the utility.
Medford CEA has a standard product, called Medford Local Green, which has more renewable energy certificates (MA Class I RECs) than required by Massachusetts. Participants in the program receive Medford Local Green unless they affirmatively choose one of the other electricity products.
Medford CEA rates from December 2019 to December 2022
|Medford Local Green||Medford Local Green 100%||Medford Basic|
|Renewable Energy Certificates||Includes 5% more Renewable Energy Certificates (MA Class I RECs), than required by the Commonwealth||Includes Renewable Energy Certificates (MA Class I RECs) equal to 100% of the user’s electricity consumption, in addition to meeting all renewable energy requirements||Meets all Renewable Energy Certificate requirements|
RECs are the accepted legal instrument used to track renewable energy generation and to substantiate claims of renewable energy use.
Products described as Green contain renewable electricity above that required by the Commonwealth. 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 renewable energy resources located in New England.
Utility Basic Service Rates
|Eversource Basic Service||National Grid Basic Service|
|Duration||July through December 2021||November 2021 through April 2022|
|Renewable Energy Certificates||Meets all Renewable Energy Certificate requirements||Meets all Renewable Energy Certificate requirements|
A goal of the CEA program is to produce savings for customers, but savings cannot be guaranteed compared to your utility’s basic service rate which changes every six months for Residential and Small Commercial customers, and every three months for Industrial customers. The aggregation program seeks to provide price stability and average savings over the full term of the program, but because future basic service rates are not known, there is no guarantee of savings.
Keep in mind that your Eversource or National Grid utility bills are divided into two sets of charges, one for supply and one for delivery. The Medford CEA program will only impact the supply portion of your bill. This is identified on your utility bill under Supply Services. The program does not affect the delivery or transmission portions of your bill.
Goals of Medford Community Electricity Aggregation program
Competitive, Stable Price
Using strategic purchasing, combined with the bulk purchasing power of thousands of households and businesses in the program, Medford CEA provides competitive, stable rates. Please note, savings compared to utility 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
Medford CEA’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 three different options for electricity supply so that everyone in Medford can find an option that fits their budget and climate goals.
Participants in Medford CEA 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 Medford CEA
Most residents and businesses in Medford already participate in the Medford CEA program. Check your electricity bill to see if you’re one of them: the Supplier should be listed as Dynegy – Medford. If National Grid or Eversource (depending on your utility) is still listed as your supplier, you may complete the enrollment form to sign up for Medford CEA. If a different supplier is listed, contact that supplier to check for penalties or termination fees that they may charge before you join the Medford CEA program.
Participation in the Medford CEA program is voluntary: you can leave the program at any time without fee or penalty.
The program will periodically send Customer Notification letters to new or newly eligible electricity customers, which includes the program details, information about product prices, and renewable energy certificates. Customers who receive this letter and do not choose to opt out will be automatically enrolled. To enroll sooner, use our online forms.
Questions and 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.