WBMLP's Clean Energy Strategy
50% of West Boylston’s Energy Supply meets the Massachusetts “Clean Energy Standard” (CES) and emitted “ZERO” Greenhouse Gases in 2018!
West Boylston Owns and Purchases Energy from Many Clean and Renewable Sources as a Community
We're often asked by customers about our Energy Strategy and Sources of Generation.
"Where does my electricity come from?" "Is it clean, renewable and low-impact on our environment?" "What are we doing to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions?"
The answer is: West Boylston's overall energy supply today—and forecasted through 2045-2050 is exceptionally diverse, clean and economical. It comes from sources, both generated here in our community and from around New England. In turn, you pay some of the lowest electricity rates in the state—comprised of a clean portfolio of power generation that emits low or no greenhouse gases.
See a more comprehensive look at WBMLP's Energy Supply here.
50% of West Boylston’s 2018 energy supply would meet the MA “Clean Energy Standard” (CES).
West Boylston’s clean energy generation includes large-scale hydroelectricity and nuclear energy generation. This means that 50% of our West Boylston’s energy supply emitted “ZERO” Greenhouse Gases in 2018! WBMLP expects our clean energy supply to provide low cost and clean energy to all residents and businesses in West Boylston through at least 2045-2057.
Every year WBMLP and the Investor-Owned Utilities report the percent of energy supply that emits no greenhouse gases. For the past twenty-one years, WBMLP has an average of 57.4% non-emitting energy in its annual energy supply.
West Boylston's Percent (%) of Energy Supply Reported as Non-GHG emitting MWh's
MassDEP Forms AQ31/AQ32
|Average thru 2018||57.4%|
The 2017 Massachusetts Clean Energy Standard (CES) sets a minimum percentage of electricity sales that utilities and competitive suppliers must procure from clean energy sources. The CES begins at 16% in 2018 and increases 2% annually to 80% in 2050. CES-qualified generation includes Large-scale hydroelectricity, nuclear energy and any generation that's 50% cleaner than existing natural gas generation.
Although WBMLP would meet the current CES standard, we are not required to do so. In order to demonstrate our commitment to reducing GHG emissions, WBMLP supported legislation in early 2019 that commits WBMLP to reducing GHG emissions 80% by 2050. H.2863 is a greenhouse gas emission reduction standard for municipal lighting plants, that supports the Commonwealth’s goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, while acknowledging and preserving the statutory scheme of chapter 164 which places municipal lighting plant operations, finances and rates under local control.
Some key points regarding the bill:
- Would require all Municipal Lighting Plants in Massachusetts to establish specific carbon emission reduction standards applied to their respective energy portfolios
- Identifies the attributes of both generation and purchased power that would qualify to meet such standards
- Recognizes the current statutory framework and business model unique to municipal lighting plants in Massachusetts
- Non-carbon emitting attributes are those that are generated by; solar photovoltaic, solar thermal electric, nuclear, hydroelectric, marine or hydrokinetic energy, geothermal energy, landfill methane, anaerobic digester gas, biomass fuel and other generation qualified under the Commonwealth's RPS and CES programs for retail sellers of electricity
15% of West Boylston’s 2018 energy supply is qualified as renewable energy under the Massachusetts “Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard” (RPS).
The 2003 Massachusetts Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS) requires retail electricity suppliers (both regulated distribution utilities and competitive suppliers) obtain a percentage of the electricity they serve to their customers from qualifying renewable energy. 24% renewable energy is required by 2018, and this increases annually until 100% renewable energy by 2080. RPS-qualified generation includes; Wind, Solar, Geothermal, Biomass, Landfill Gas, Small-Scale Hydroelectricity, Digester Gas and Waste Energy. These renewable energy sources generate environmental attributes called “Renewable Energy Credits” or “RECs”.
WBMLP currently sells the RECs from our Berkshire wind project and the three solar generation systems located in West Boylston. We plan to sell our RECs until we pay off the construction loans used to invest in this renewable energy. Once the loans are paid, WBMLP expects to retire the RECs according to the following schedule:
|Renewable Energy Generation||REC Retirement Date|
|370 kW Solar 1||2020|
|1.5 MW Community Landfill Cap Solar||2026|
|786 kW Community Roof-Top Solar||2028|
|1.1 MW Berkshire Wind||2030|
Once these RECs are retired, WBMLP can claim credit for the renewable energy attribute associated with these generation assets.
WBMLP does not purchase or own the RECs from the small-scale hydroelectricity we purchase from New Hampshire and the wind energy we purchase from Princeton Wind and Hancock Wind. However, even though WBMLP doesn’t own these RECs, our long-term commitment to purchase the energy output from these renewable energy generators help ensure their construction and continued operation.