$4.9 million saved: In July 2017, the City established Somerville Community Choice Electricity to offer lower electricity rates and more renewable energy sources to local residential electricity customers. Because the program also locked in an electricity rate for 30 months, the hope was that it would also save ratepayers money—and it has. By June 2019, Somerville Community Choice Electricity customers will save a total of $4.9 million. That works out to an average savings of $145 per residential account.
Down 16%: Since fiscal year 2014 (fiscal years go from July 1 through June 30), Somerville has reduced energy use in municipal buildings by 16%. We’re working toward a goal set by the State’s Green Communities program to reduce our municipal building energy use by 20% by the end of fiscal year 2019. While we’ve made a lot of progress with energy efficiency measures, we also know we’ll be facing challenges going forward. Perhaps the biggest challenge to an overall reduction in energy use is the addition of municipal space. When the new high school is complete or if the City were to add additional office space, our overall energy use will likely increase, which would lead to a smaller reduction percentage. (read more)
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