West Boylston Municipal Light Plant
The Electric Light Dept for West Boylston, MA
For over a century, West Boylston Municipal Light Plant (WBMLP) has provided citizens and businesses of West Boylston, MA with dependable electric power. WBMLP is a "municipal light plant". And that gives our town lots of benefits that municipalities who get power from the big companies, don't get.
- Better dependability, reliability and overall economy.
- Local ownership. Owned by the citizens of West Boylston.
- Negotiating power. We negotiate and buy longterm power supplies from a diverse, balanced range of resources. That means customers get better electric rates.
- Faster. If the power goes out, WBMLP's crews are right here in town, and can locate and repair problems in minutes, instead of hours.
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WBMLP COLUMBUS DAY OFFICE CLOSURE ANNOUNCEMENT
The West Boylston Municipal Light Plant will be closed on Monday, October 9, 2023 in observance of Columbus Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, 10/10/23 at 7:30am.
To report power outages and emergencies while our offices are closed, please call 508-835-3681, Press #. Or call the Wachusett Regional Emergency Communication Center at 774-450-3510, press #3.
ANNOUNCING A COST-REDUCING BATTERY STORAGE SYSTEM FOR WEST BOYLSTON
(September 26, 2023) West Boylston Municipal Light Plant is partnering with Convergent Energy battery storage systems to install a battery storage system for the town's electrical system in the very near future. Battery storage systems like this 3MW/9MWh utility-scale system help reduce transmission and capacity expenses, as well as stabilize and further insulate our electric customers against rising energy costs in volatile energy markets. Also, battery storage systems such as the one being installed for West Boylston will enhance WBMLP's transition to clean energy by optimizing renewable energy performance, reducing costs, and increasing reliability. Convergent's storage battery systems utilize the company's proprietary energy storage intelligence called PEAK IQ® to ensure 24/7 maximum efficiency. The facility will be co-located near WBMLP's existing solar and flywheel assets.
The BESS will generate approximately $257,680 annually in transmission and capacity cost savings over the first 10 years for WBMLP. These annual savings will be used to repay $2M in reserve account funds used to construct the 29 Prospect St Garage Project. Convergent will finance, own, and operate this new battery storage system and it is expected to come online in 2024. Read the Press Release.
UPDATE! West Boylston to achieve 80% Clean and Renewable Energy Supply by 2030 — thanks to careful planning and local control by WBMLP's ratepayers!
With 56% of WBMLP's energy supply already clean and renewable at the end of last year, your light plant is already ahead of other electric utilities in meeting state-mandated Greenhouse Gas Emission (GGES) goals. These goals essentially require all MLPs to achieve a 50% clean and renewable energy supply by 2030. The mandate increases to 75% by 2040, and ultimately, Net-Zero GHG emissions by 2050.
How is WBMLP doing it?
- Planning today and securing and integrating more wind, solar, nuclear, and hydroelectricity generation into our energy portfolio now and over time.
- Retiring environmental attributes called RECs from local solar and wind projects.
- Entering into longterm fixed cost contracts for additional clean energy that doesn't emit any GHGs.
- Encouraging our customers to save money and reduce GHG emissions by offering attractive rebates and incentives to electrify their homes with Heat-Pump HVAC Systems, Heat-Pump Hot Water Heaters, Electric Induction Stoves, and Electric Vehicles and EV Chargers.
- Keeping your rates low while accomplishing everything above. WBMLP's low rate of $0.14 per kWh hasn't changed in almost 14 years!
Learn more about WBMLP's outstanding progress by reading our Press Release, going to our GGES Emissions Standard webpage, WBMLP's 2022 Energy Supply webpage , or any other destination under our website's "NET ZERO EMISSIONS" category.
SAVE $$ THIS FALL
And remember, WBMLP and our partner NextZero offer rebates on eligible EnergyStar® Appliances, Heating, Cooling, and more. Don't leave money on the table when it could be in your pocket!
NEW ONLINE ENERGY AUDIT SCHEDULER!
WBMLP’S residential energy audit partners, NextZero and The Center for EcoTechnology, have launched a new Online Scheduling Tool. Now, you can conveniently schedule your free Residential Home Energy Audit quickly online. Begin learning what steps you can take to implement energy and cost-saving measures today.
WBMLP EXCEEDED OUR NET-ZERO BY 2050 GOALS!
According to a report by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MA DEP), WBMLP is significantly ahead of its goals to achieve Net-Zero GHG Emissions from its Energy Supply by 2050!
See the good news in our latest infographic. See the MA DEP Report on our News Page.
WBMLP IS A NEXT ZERO MEMBER UTILITY!
NEXT ZERO is an entity created by the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Companies (MMWEC) and participating Municipal Light Plants like WBMLP. NEXT ZERO replaced MuniHelps — and is focused on Greenhouse Gas Emission Standard (GGES) goals. (GGES requires the MLP Energy Supply to reach “Net Zero” Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2050.)
The name NEXT ZERO also refers to electric Appliances, HVAC and Water Heating Systems, Tools, Household Goods, etc. As WBMLP and the entire electric sector cleans up their energy supply, your “Next” products should be the most efficient electric ones. Those rated EnergyStar® help reduce GHG Emissions in and around your home, business, and the environment. NEXT ZERO is offers a growing list of rebates on qualifying EnergyStar® electric items and appliances. Check in frequently for updates and new additions.
ANNOUNCING "ELECTRIFYING" REBATES UP TO $10,000+!
Convert from Gas Heating to an Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP) for 2 Big Rebates.
WBMLP Electric Customers are eligible for exceptional new rebates for converting Natural Gas Heating and Cooling Systems to super-efficient Electric Air Source Heat Pump Heating & Cooling Systems.
West Boylston’s Energy Supply is already pretty clean and WBMLP's electric rates are so low—electrifying your current gas system should reduce your heating/cooling costs...plus it will lower your greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
On a cost-per-BTU basis, WBMLP electric power is less expensive to operate than natural gas, oil and propane! Learn more about Electrification by visiting our Electrification in West Boylston and Electrification in Massachusetts website pages.
WBMLP HOME BATTERY PROGRAM VIDEO
Introducing the NextZero Battery Program! West Boylston Municipal Light Plant customers who own residential batteries are eligible for rebates and incentives through the NextZero program. Learn more.
GREENHOUSE GAS REDUCTION—WBMLP & THE ELECTRICITY SECTOR LEAD THE TOP 3!
WBMLP and the Electricity Sector are leading the way in Greenhouse Gas Reduction. See the Infographic. Outstanding!
EV BENEFITS CHART
See our Electric Vehicle vs. Gas-Powered Car Comparison Chart using your low WBMLP's electric rates. It's impressive! Plus, read about all the latest EV and Charger Incentives & Rebates.
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PUBLIC POWER ADVANTAGES VIDEO
See all the advantages having local power gives you, your family and businesses.
WBMLP CLEAN ENERGY & OUR ENVIRONMENT
Concerned WBMLP Customers ASK US:
"Where does my electricity come from?" “Is it low impact and easy on our environment?" “Is our energy clean or renewable?”
WBMLP ANSWERS (updated January 2021):
"WBMLP's Energy Supply already contains a substantial amount of power from existing Clean and Renewable Sources of Generation."
- 50% of West Boylston's Energy Supply emitted ZERO Greenhouse Gases in 2020.
- 57% Reduction in GHG Emissions by the entire MA energy sector from 1990 to 2018.
- 0% Coal Generation in Massachusetts after 2017. Massachusetts eliminated its dirtiest GHG-emitting generation.
REBATES & INCENTIVES FOR CUSTOMERS
Explore Discounts and Rebates:
- Free NEXTZERO Home Energy Audits, Appliance Rebates & Incentives
- Connected Homes—for Better Residential Energy Management, Conservation & Savings
- Electric Vehicle (EV) & Vehicle Charger Discount & Rebate Programs
- Electric Heat Pump Water Heater Rebates
- Electric Heat Pump Heating & Cooling Rebates
* Rebates provided as a rebate check or debit card to be mailed.
We're here to help! Click below for answers to questions we hear most often.
- How to Pay Your Bill
- Contact our office
- Electric Rates
- Applying for Service
- What to do in an Outage
- Streetlight Requests
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NEW — ONLINE ELECTRICAL SERVICE APPLICATION FORM FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION & SERVICE UPGRADES!
Visit our Apply For Service Page. See how to apply for a WBMLP account for your type of service.
New Construction and Service Upgrades can now apply online! Questions? Give us a call at (508) 835-3681.
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☀ If The Sun's Up, We're Making Power Here in West Boylston! ☀
See how much Solar Energy is generated by West Boylston’s 370kW Solar Site Project located at 225 Shrewsbury Street.CLICK TO VIEW
See how much Solar Energy is generated by West Boylston’s 1,500kW Community Solar Site Project located at 196 Temple Street.CLICK TO VIEW
Coming soon. Solar Energy Output Readings from West Boylston’s 786kW Community Rooftop Solar Project.COMING