On Nov. 14, you have a chance to do something good for the planet — by doing absolutely nothing at all.
That’s the day when Gloucester Community Electricity Aggregation program takes effect. If you get your power from National Grid you will automatically be included in the program, which provides reliable, greener electricity for all those who participate.
Under the program, you will automatically be switched from National Grid to Direct Energy as your electric supplier. The rate the city has negotiated with Direct Energy is more than two cents per kilowatt-hour cheaper than National Grid’s winter rate (11.08 cents vs. 13.71 cents). You will be guaranteed that rate for the next three years. Gloucester’s default “Local Green” option (11.08 cents per kilowatt hour) incorporates 5 percent more locally generated renewable energy than required by state law.
This is part of the city’s overall effort to lower our carbon footprint. We have made great strides in the past few years —the wind turbines at Blackburn Industrial Park, modern heating plants in all our schools and new LED street lights are some examples. (read more)
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