West Boylston Municipal Light Plant News Coverage
It's our job to not only provide you with dependable electrical power via a modern, well-maintained infrastructure, but also to advocate for our customers. Here is some recent reporting on events, actions and activities that WBMLP is undertaking.
New Residential Solar Rebate Program.
West Boylston, MA. – May 24, 2019 – The new Massachusetts Municipal Light Plant Solar Program, offered through the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), allows residential customers of municipal light plants such as the West Boylston Municipal Light Plant (WBMLP) to apply for a rebate for the purchase and installation of PV Solar Panels on their homes.
WBMLP’s goal is to install approximately 73 kW of new renewable solar energy in West Boylston. Read more here.
State ACES Grant for WBMLP.
West Boylston, MA. – December 7, 2017 – The West Boylston Municipal Light Plant received a state grant for an energy storage project, as part of the state’s Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage (ACES) initiative. As part of the Baker-Polito Administration’s Energy Storage Initiative (“ESI”), the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and Department of Energy Resources (DOER) announced the award of $20 million dollars to support 26 projects, including West Boylston’s, for energy storage demonstration projects across the Commonwealth. These projects are aimed at piloting innovative, broadly-replicable energy storage use cases/business models with multiple value streams in order to prime Massachusetts for increased commercialization and deployment of storage technologies. The ACES Program will help direct the Commonwealth’s first substantial investments in energy storage projects that demonstrate the benefits of storage to Massachusetts ratepayers.
Community Shared Solar output is already subscribed.
WEST BOYLSTON (January 14, 2017 courtesy of Telegram.com) — As the town's municipal light plant adds the 1.5 megawatt solar field on the old landfill to its power sources, many residents have gone green with their electricity.
The project is based on a subscriber system, with users able to sign up for power from the solar field, with no added cost, at the same rate the town offers all residents.
All of the Community Shared Solar output is subscribed already, according to Jonathan Fitch, manager of the West Boylston Municipal Light Plant. With more than 350 subscribers, there is a waiting list, as customers choose to participate or not on an ongoing basis, such as when a homeowner moves out of town. Read the complete story here.
WBMLP’s Electric Rates are NOT Increasing.
WEST BOYLSTON October 23, 2014)— As you may have heard in the news, the investor owned utilities (IOU) are significantly increasing their electric rates. The good news is that West Boylston’s electricity rates are not increasing. In fact, WBMLP’s electricity rates haven’t significantly changed or increased since 2009. WBMLP maintains some of the lowest possible electric rates in Massachusetts, especially compared to the investor owned utilities.
The average homeowner in West Boylston consumed approximately 750 kWh’s per month and spent approximately $97.16 per month for that electricity between July 2013 and July 2014. As you can see in the chart below, WBMLP’s average residential electricity rate is lower than the investor owned utility residential rates in Massachusetts. This comparison does not even include the IOU rate increases you’re hearing about! Our large commercial and industrial electricity rates are also much lower than the comparable IOU rates.
WBMLP Part of Deal for Wind Power from Maine.
WEST BOYLSTON (January 24, 2014)— US-based renewable energy company First Wind and the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Co. (MMWEC) signed an agreement that will bring renewable energy from First Wind’s planned Hancock Wind project near Ellsworth, ME to 17 Massachusetts municipal utilities including West Boylston Municipal Light Plant.
Under a 25-year, fixed-price contract, First Wind will sell nearly 75 percent of the power and capacity generated at the 51 MW wind farm to MMWEC.
MMWEC will resell the power and capacity at cost to 17 of its member municipal utilities. Burlington, VT Electric Department in Vermont is purchasing the remaining energy from the project.
MMWEC’s commitment to renewable energy includes the financing and development of numerous wind and solar resources in conjunction with its member utilities. Such resources include the 15 MW Berkshire Wind Power Project in western Massachusetts and several smaller municipal wind and solar projects.
When built, the Hancock Wind project will feature 17 turbines with a capacity of 3 MW each and be situated near the operating 34 MW Bull Hill Wind project in Hancock County, ME, which began operations in November 2012.