Gloucester Community Electricity Aggregation

Gloucester Community Electricity Aggregation (CEA) is an electricity supply program organized by the City of Gloucester to provide residents and businesses with new, city-vetted options for electricity supply.  The delivery of electricity and billing for use is still completed through National Grid, so customers continue to receive one bill from the utility.


Program products

Gloucester CEA has a standard product, called Gloucester Local Green, which has more renewable energy certificates (MA Class I RECs) than required by the Commonwealth. Participants in the program receive Gloucester Local Green unless they affirmatively choose one of the other electricity products

Gloucester Local Green

Includes 5% more Renewable Energy Certificates (MA Class I RECs), than required by the Commonwealth

Gloucester Premium Local Green

Includes Renewable Energy Certificates (MA Class I RECs) equal to 100% of the user’s electricity consumption, in addition to meeting all renewable energy requirements

Gloucester Basic

Meets all Renewable Energy Certificate requirements

Products described as Green contain Renewable Energy Certificates (MA Class I RECs) above that required by the Commonwealth and come only from solar, wind, anaerobic digestion and low-impact hydro located within New England. Local refers to New England.

All of the additional RECs included in the program are designated as Massachusetts Class I. RECs are the accepted legal instrument used to track renewable energy generation and to substantiate claims of renewable energy use. Learn more about the RECs that are included on the Clean Energy page.

Program options will be available to all residents and businesses in Gloucester CEA from December 2018 to December 2021.

National Grid Basic Service Rates

$0.12388/kWh for Residential – November 2020 through April 2021
$0.10763/kWh for Commercial – November 2020 through April 2021
$0.10230/kWh for Industrial – February through April 2021

Future savings compared to National Grid Basic Service cannot be guaranteed because future Basic Service prices change every six months for residential and commercial customers and every three months for industrial customers.

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Goals of Gloucester CEA

Competitive, Stable Price 

Using strategic purchasing, combined with the bulk purchasing power of thousands of households and businesses in the program, Gloucester CEA provides competitive, stable rates. Please note, savings compared to National Grid Basic Service cannot be guaranteed because Basic Service prices change every six months for residential and commercial customers and every three months for industrial customers.

Support Renewable Energy Sources 

YourTown ABBR’s standard and optional products include more Renewable Energy Certificates (MA Class I), than required by the Commonwealth. This means you can support the growth of renewable energy generation in our region. 

Increased Choice and
Easy Participation 
 

The program offers 3 different options for electricity supply so that everyone in Gloucester can find an option that fits their budget and climate goals.

Participants in Gloucester CEA may leave the program at any time without penalty.

Solar Electricity Consumers will continue to receive their net metering credits while participating in the program.

Budget Plan or Eligible Low-Income delivery rate consumers will continue to receive those benefits from the utility.

How to Participate in Gloucester CEA

Most residents and businesses in Gloucester already participate in the Gloucester CEA program. Check your electricity bill to see if you’re one of them: the Supplier should be listed as Direct Energy – City of Gloucester. If National Grid is still listed as your supplier, you may complete the enrollment form to sign up for Gloucester CEA. If a different supplier is listed, contact that supplier to check for penalties or termination fees that they may charge before you join the Gloucester CEA program.

Participation in the Gloucester CEA program is voluntary: you can leave the program at any time without fee or penalty.

The program will periodically send Customer Notification letters to new or newly eligible electricity customers, which includes the program details, information about product prices, and renewable energy certificates. Customers who receive this letter and do not choose to opt out will be automatically enrolled. To enroll sooner, use our online forms.

Questions and Support

Have questions or need help? Please visit the support page, which contains the contact information for the current program supplier and a form for comments.