Gloucester Community Electricity Aggregation (CEA) is a program offered by the City of Gloucester to provide residents and businesses with new, City-vetted options for electricity supply.
The Gloucester CEA program has been renewed for another three years through December 2024. Details about the renewal can be found in the City’s press release.
Gloucester CEA is the only electricity program offered by our City – beware of look-alike offers and always look for the City seal on materials sent to you!
Enroll in the Program
Most residents and businesses in Gloucester already participate in the Gloucester Community Electricity Aggregation program. Check your electricity bill to see if you’re one of them: In the Supply Services section, the Supplier should be listed as Direct Energy [City of Gloucester].
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. Customers who receive this letter and choose to participate will be automatically enrolled. To enroll sooner, use our online forms.
Gloucester Community Electricity Aggregation Products
December 2021 to December 2024
Gloucester CEA has a standard product, called Gloucester Local Green, which has more renewable electricity (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 CEA||National Grid Basic Service|
|Gloucester Local Green||Gloucester 100% Local Green||Gloucester Basic||Residential Customers|
|Fixed rate through December 2024|
|Extra renewables from New England|
|100% Renewable Energy|
|Renewable energy||Includes 10% more Renewable Energy Certificates (MA Class I RECs), than required by MA||RECs to meet 100% of a user's monthly consumption, in addition to meeting all renewable energy requirements||Meets renewable energy requirements||Meets renewable energy requirements|
Rates for Gloucester CEA through December 2021
$0.11085/kWh Gloucester Local Green
$0.13080 /kWh Gloucester 100% Local Green
$0.10980/kWh Gloucester Basic
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 Renewable Energy page.
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
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.
How it works
Gloucester CEA does not replace National Grid, the electric utility in Gloucester, which still continues to deliver electricity, repair outages and manage all billing, so participating customers continue to receive one bill from the utility. The program offers alternatives for the Supply portion of your bill. See the Understanding Your Bill section on the National Grid’s website to see the difference between Supply and Delivery sections.
The program is open to electricity customers in Gloucester – whether they are a resident, a business, a renter or an owner.
The program has voluntary participation and automatic enrollment.
- Voluntary participation: customers can leave the program at any time without penalty.
- Automatic enrollment for new customers: In Gloucester, most residential and business customers are already enrolled in the program. New customers or newly eligible customers will be sent a Customer Notification Letter notifying them of their choice to participate in the program or leave before it starts (opt out). Customers have 30 days to make a choice and those who do not opt out are automatically enrolled in the program.
- Opt-in required for some: Those Gloucester residents and businesses who have already chosen an electricity supplier other than National Grid will not receive the Customer Notification Letter, though they can voluntarily opt in to the program at any time. The Department of Public Utilities advises all customers of third party suppliers to check their contract terms as their supplier may charge them a fee or a penalty to leave before the end of their contract with their supplier.
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.
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.