It’s one of the easiest and most effective actions one can take to address climate change. The electricity supplied by Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECO) comes from power plants that use fossil fuels (coal, oil, natural gas) and nuclear fuel, with only 9% clean energy sources as required by state law. Making the move to green power encourages the development of New England-based renewable energy and helps offset the effects of climate change produced by the burning of fossil fuels. Fortunately, choosing one of Mass Energy’s green power programs will allow residents to green their electricity with 100% local, clean sources.
The two green power options Mass Energy has to meet electricity needs are the New England Wind (100% of electricity is from local wind power sources ) and New England GreenStart (100% of electricity is from green local sources, including wind, low-impact hydro, digester gas, and solar). By switching to either of Mass Energy’s green programs, participants still receive the same reliable service from their utility and continue to pay for power through their monthly electric bill. However, Mass Energy will ensure that electricity needs will be met by clean energy generators instead of fossil fuel and nuclear power plants. There is a modest difference in cost between “regular” electricity and Mass Energy’s green power programs—between $14 and $24 a month for an average household. Because Mass Energy is a nonprofit, the premium paid is deductible from federal income taxes (if itemized).
In addition, for every household that chooses to participate in either the NewEngland Wind or New England GreenStart program (and remains enrolled for 15 months), the Town of Amherst will receive $40 per household in funding to be used for energy efficiency projects.
Be sure to look for the brochure insert included with the upcoming tax bill. Enrolling is easy! Visit the Mass Energy website: http://info.massenergy.org/amherst.
For more information, contact Stephanie Ciccarello, Sustainability Coordinator at (413) 259-3149 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.