September 2003 - Massachusetts Electric Company and Nantucket Electric Company, both electricity distribution subsidiaries of National Grid, announced the availability of new retail green power products for their Massachusetts customers. The GreenUp program offers products from four different green power suppliers, ranging in price from 1.2¢/kWh to 2.5¢/kWh above a customer's standard electricity rate. The products are blends of power from new and existing renewable energy resources.
News Release - Massachusetts Electric Offers Customers New Green Energy Program
News Release - Nantucket Electric Offers Customers New Green Energy Program
March 1997 - In July 1996, Massachusetts Electric Company (MECo) put a pilot program into place to give customers direct access to electricity suppliers. The program, "Choice, New England," enabled customers in the towns of Lawrence, Lynn, Northampton, and Worcester to participate. Residential customers chose their electricity suppliers from among six companies, and small businesses chose from among five companies. MECo selected the suppliers through a competitive process.
Participating customers could select three categories to determine the supplier: price, green, and other options. Price options offered the lowest prices. Green options provided relatively low prices with environmental benefits related to the source of supply. Other options included community donations or a variable price structure.
On January 8, 1997, Environmental Futures, Inc., pilot program administrator, reported that 31% of residential participants chose a "green" supplier. Only 3.3% of participating small business customers chose green options.
MECo Contact: Karen Berardino (508) 389-3102
Environmental Futures, Inc. Contact: Shana Pyun (617) 443-1300