Your support, combined with the support of thousands of other Green Energy Consumers members, increases demand for renewable energy on the New England power grid, funds new sources of renewable power, and reduces our need to burn fossil fuels for electricity.
How it works
How Green Powered works for you depends on where you live. There are 3 distinct programs. When you sign up, we’ll help you choose the right option.
All 3 Green Powered programs have one thing in common: they add a specific amount of renewable energy to the power grid on your behalf. This pushes off fossil fuels and shows demand for more renewable energy.
Do you have a Community Choice Electricity program?
Massachusetts: Arlington, Bedford, Brookline, Cohasset, Dedham, Fairhaven, Gloucester, Hamilton, Marshfield, Medford, Melrose, Millis, Milton, Rockland, Scituate, Somerville, Stoneham, Waltham, Westford, Westwood, or Winchester
Rhode Island: Barrington, Central Falls, Narragansett, Newport, Portsmouth, Providence, or South Kingstown
Residents of these communities can sign up for green electricity through their community choice electricity program. It is usually cheaper than Green Powered, and the renewable energy is still supplied by Green Energy Consumers Alliance.
- Click here to choose your community & be directed to its special sign up form on its website.
- You will still receive your electric bill from and pay your utility. Your community’s electricity supplier will appear in the supply section of your bill.
- The price will include the cost for both electrons and Renewable Energy Certificates. Because we are the non-profit supplier of the RECs, the amount you pay for RECs is federally tax-deductible as a charitable contribution, so we'll send you a receipt in January each year.
- You can un-enroll by contacting your community's program at any time. Get started.
Learn more about community choice electricity, or "Green Municipal Aggregation."
National Grid Massachusetts & Rhode Island Energy customers
Green Powered 25% or 100%, also known as "GreenUp"
- Sign up via our enrollment form. You'll need your electric account number found on your bill.
- Once you’re successfully enrolled, Green Powered will appear in as a“GreenUp” section of your bill. It typically takes 1-2 months for the GreenUp section to appear on your bill.
- You pay your electric bill as normal. Because we are the non-profit supplier of Renewable Energy Certificates, the amount we charge you each month is federally tax-deductible as a charitable contribution, so we'll send you a receipt in January
Any other utility or community
Green Powered Subscription
- Choose to support a set amount of renewable energy each month.
Subscribe with the payment method of your choice. Every month, we will bill you the same amount and support and equivalent amount of renewable energy.
$32.40 per month Supports 600 kilowatt-hours of green power each month, enough to cover the average household's monthly electricity use. $16.20 per month Supports 300 kilowatt-hours of green power each month, enough to cover half of the average household's monthly electricity use. Custom ($5.40 per 100kWh block) Choose your own amount of monthly green power in $5 blocks of 100 kilowatt-hours each. Calculate your average usage here!
How much does it cost
Green Powered 100%
Green Powered 25%
Green Powered Subscription
|Mix||100% wind power from New England wind turbines (Class 1 or "new")||25% New England wind, solar, low-impact hydro, and anaerobic digestion (Class 1 or "new")||New England wind, solar, low-impact hydro, and anaerobic digestor gas (Class 1 or "new")|
|Rate||You pay 3.8 cents/kWh you use with each electric bill (in addition to your normal electricity charges)||You pay 2.2 cents/kWh you use with each electric bill (in addition to your normal electricity charges)||You choose what you pay each month, and support a set amount of renewable energy. Subscription options are here.|
|Tax benefit||Since your payments go toward a public good, they are 100% federally tax-deductible as charitable contributions.|
Where does the energy come from
We are committed to purchasing only New England renewable energy from sources that meet high environmental standards. We purchase from wind, solar (not sited on green space), low-impact hydro (here’s what that means), and anaerobic digester projects. Here are the current and planned sources of green energy in Green Powered.
What makes it different
We are a renewable energy certificate supplier for the public good. We do not supply electrons, as competitive electricity suppliers do. We are not a competitive electricity supplier, but we are often confused with them. Here’s what makes us different.
Competitive suppliers purchase electrons on your behalf and often promise savings compared to what the utility supplies, but these savings do not last. Many competitive suppliers have been known to “greenwash”, which is to market a product claiming it’s great for the environment when it’s not. When you buy green electricity, you want your purchase to add renewable energy to the grid over time.
But unless you buy Class I/new renewable energy, it doesn't - instead, you are just buying renewable energy to line someone's pockets. Sadly, most "green" competitive electricity suppliers offer zero additional Class I/new renewable energy beyond what is required by MA & RI law.
We’re careful to only supply Class I/new renewable energy through Green Powered. Because of this, over the years our members have made new renewable energy projects happen. That's what makes us different, and a true climate solution.