New Bedford CEA is a program offered by the city of New Bedford to provide new electricity supply options and more renewable energy to New Bedford residents and businesses. The delivery of electricity and billing for use is still completed through Eversource, so customers continue to receive one bill from the utility.
New Bedford CEA is part of New Bedford Energy Now (NBEN), the City’s local resource providing education and guidance for energy efficiency and other energy needs to each New Bedford resident and business.
New Bedford CEA has been renewed for an additional term through Fall 2025. The City will announce the program rates this Fall and take effect on the December 2023 meter read. All current participants will receive a notice in the mail about a month before the new rates take effect. View December 2023 prices here.
In addition to the standard electricity supply product, the program also offers two options with 50% and 100% more renewable energy certificates. You can sign up for either option, return to the default or leave the program at any time. You can also check the sample bill for an illustration of a simple way to tell if you a part of the CEA program.
New Bedford Community Aggregation Program rates
|Standard Product||Green 50%||Green 100%|
|Rate||10.470 ¢/kWh||12.244 ¢/kWh||14.019 ¢/kWh|
|Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)||Meets all Renewable Energy Certificate requirements||Includes 50% more Renewable Energy Certificates (MA Class I RECs), than required by the Commonwealth||Includes Renewable Energy Certificates (MA Class I RECs) equal to 100% of the user’s electricity consumption, in addition to meeting all renewable energy requirements|
Products described as Green contain renewable electricity above that required by Massachusetts. The additional renewable electricity qualifies for MA Class I designation.
Please note: Prices for all products in the program include a 0.1 ¢/kWh administration fee. Program prices apply only to the electricity supply portion of your electric bill. Delivery charges on your electric bill are not affected by the program.
For new industrial customers and for those customers who have previously opted out of the program, the program’s supplier may offer a market rate.
RECs are the accepted legal instrument used to track renewable energy generation and to substantiate claims of renewable energy use.
Supply Services only
|Rate||16.078 ¢/kWh||15.899¢ /kWh||15.428 ¢/kWh NEMA|
14.120 ¢/kWh SEMA
14.077 ¢/kWh WCMA
|Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)||Meets all Renewable Energy Certificate requirements||Meets all Renewable Energy Certificate requirements||Meets all Renewable Energy Certificate requirements|
Residential and Commercial: July – December 2023
Industrial: July – September 2023
Disclaimer: A goal of the program is to produce savings for customers, but savings cannot be guaranteed compared to the utility’s Basic Service rate which changes every six months for residential and commercial customers, and every three months for industrial customers. The aggregation program seeks to provide price stability and average savings over the full term of the program, but because future basic service rates are not known, there is no guarantee of savings.
Enroll or change option
If you’re already participating in the Community Electricity Aggregation program, you can also use this form to sign up for additional renewable electricity with 50% Local Green or 100% Local Green.
Opting Up to 100% Local Green is a
powerful way to combat climate change!
If you are not participating in the Community Electricity Aggregation program, you can use this online form to enroll in one of the Community Electricity Aggregation options. If enrolling, once service has begun, your choice will be reflected on your following month’s electricity bill for the previous month’s service. Please note that based on your meter read date, it may take up to two billing cycles to get enrolled.
If you are currently a customer of a competitive supplier, you may be subject to penalties or early termination fees from your supplier if you switch from the competitive supplier to the Program during the term of your contract. There is no charge for leaving Basic Service, however, Industrial customers leaving fixed-price Basic Service may receive a billing adjustment that may be a credit or a charge.
Be sure to use the name and address associated with the account!
Renewable Energy in the Community Electricity Aggregation program
The CEA program’s 50% Local Green and 100% Local Green contain additional renewable energy, above and beyond state minimum requirements. All of this additional renewable energy qualifies for Massachusetts Class I (MA Class I) designation. MA Class I projects are located in New England, New York or Eastern Canada. The sources allowed under the designation are varied, but mostly include wind, solar, small scale hydro, and digester gas.
The 50% Local Green and 100% Local Green options are good choices for those who want to combat climate change and reduce their fossil fuel emissions. They create more demand for electricity from renewable sources, which in turn, incentivizes the development of new projects.
Helping to Build Renewable Energy Resources
Massachusetts requires all electricity suppliers to include a minimum amount of MA Class I Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) that increases annually. This policy, called the Renewable Portfolio Standard, provides growing demand for renewable energy, which incentivizes new renewable generation facilities to be built. All of the additional RECs in your program come from MA Class I resources that are part of our ISO-New England electricity grid. This means the renewable energy resources are located in New England, or the energy is imported as allowed by ISO-New England from locations such as New York or eastern Canada.
How big is our impact?
All 25 of the municipalities participating in the MASS CEA buying group, of which your community is one, offer 50% Local Green and 100% Local Green as optional products. If just four percent of residential households opt up (two percent to 50% Local Green and two percent to 100% Local Green), it would result in extra demand equivalent to more than 10 typical onshore wind turbines (1.5 MW each).
Those 10 wind turbines could power over 6,000 homes with clean energy and could displace over 45,000 MWh with clean electricity, avoiding:
- 29 million pounds of carbon dioxide, equivalent to taking over 2,800 vehicles off the road for one year
- 3,600 pounds of sulfur dioxide
- 6,750 pounds of nitrous oxide
Calculations based on ISO-New England emissions factors for 2017.
Support and information
If you have questions about your participation, contact the electricity supplier, Constellation at (833) 461-0813, or by email at email@example.com. For general program questions you can reach Good Energy, the consultant that manages the Program, by submitting an inquiry or comment by completing the Contact Us form.
Use our bill calculator to compare the monthly costs of New Bedford CEA and Utility’s Basic Service.
How to leave New Bedford CEA program
If you do not wish to participate in the CEA program, you may submit the opt-out form below or contact the current program supplier, Constellation NewEnergy at (833) 461-0813.
Compare rates for the New Bedford CEA program with Eversource
|Enter Monthly kWh:|
Minimum Renewable Energy Content
Required by MA Law
|LOCAL GREEN 50
50% More Local Renewable Energy
than Required by MA Law
|LOCAL GREEN 100
100% Local Renewable Energy
July 1 – December 31, 2023
Disclaimer: A goal of the CEA program is to produce savings for customers, but savings cannot be guaranteed compared to the utility’s Basic Service rate which changes every three months for industrial customers and every six months for residential and small commercial customers. The aggregation program seeks to provide price stability and average savings over the full term of the program, but because future Basic Service rates are not known, there is no guarantee of savings.
CEA program materials
Read through New Bedford’s approved Aggregation Plan
New Bedford Energy Now (NBEN) 508-991-6193
Return to the city of New Bedford website.