Greenfield Light & Power to offer 100 percent local renewable power 

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Staff Writer
Published: 12/23/2018 10:01:43 AM

GREENFIELD —  For the first time in its five-year history, Greenfield Light & Power will be able to offer 100 percent local renewable power to its customers.

The announcement was rolled into the release of a two-year contract that settles rates for energy users in town through 2020. The rate, beginning 2019, will be 10.565 cents/k Wh, which is up about half a cent from the current rate of 9.902. 

The rate announcement comes at a time when there is an expectation that overall Eversource rates will go up, because of various regulations that are soon to take effect. 

“We were advised, given what shifts are about to happen in the market, that this two-year contract would be most advantageous to the people of Greenfield,” Greenfield Director of Energy and Sustainability Carole Collins said. 

Residents save around $6 a month by using Greenfield Light & Power over Eversource, according to the Mayor’s Office, citing a winter Eversource price of 11.730 cents/k Wh. Eversource rates usually change every six months for residential and small business customers, and every three months for larger businesses. 

“We’re just trying to offer something that provides some stability, as well as choice,” Collins said. 

For those who would like to upgrade from the standard rate to the “Local Green Option” it will be at a rate of 11.516 cents/k WH. 

There are “different shades of green,” Collins said, and this version is the greenest. 

The new, greener option focuses on keeping the energy produced at local and regional renewable energy products local. So, in theory, the energy produced by a Greenfield resident with solar panels on their home will stay in Greenfield, instead of being sold out on the grid on a more statewide scale. 

“We’re supporting the local projects happening in our area,” Collins said. 

In general, Greenfield residents are enrolled in Greenfield Light & Power, unless they choose to opt-out. Around 85 percent of residents get their electricity through Greenfield, even though the bill is typically paid to Eversource. 

Residents can opt in or out at any time. 

“We’re excited to continue Greenfield’s commitment to providing a reliable and trustworthy choice for our residents’ electricity needs a t a savings,” Mayor William Martin said in a press release. 

You can reach Joshua Solomon at:

jsolomon@recorder.com

413-772-0261, ext. 264


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