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Electricity Providers: Your Wallet, Health, and Choices

Electricity Providers: Your Wallet, Health, and Choices

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Jan 26, 7:30 PM

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About the event

Electricity Providers: Your Wallet, Health, and Choices Join us for an information session, via Zoom, on Boston’s Community Choice Electricity (CCE) Program. This session, co-hosted by GreeningRozzie and Mothers Out Front, will feature CCE Program Manager Theresa Teixeira. Bring your electricity bill and your questions to learn more about your electricity options!

When: Wednesday, January 26, 7:30 pm Where: Online

More Info: Register here

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Our mailboxes are full of offers from electricity providers that sound confusingly similar and promise the lowest rates from the greenest energy sources. How can Boston residents make the best choice among so many electricity offers?

Mothers Out Front and GreeningRozzie have teamed up to offer a presentation called: Electricity Providers: Your Wallet, Health, and Choices. Theresa Teixeira, Program Manager for Boston’s Community Choice Electricity (CCE) program, will describe how Boston’s CCE prioritizes stable, low rates for electricity made from greater amounts of green energy sources. Because CCE purchases green electricity only from local sources, Boston residents can further benefit from cleaner air and improved public health as fewer fossil fuels are burned in our region.

The hour-long Zoom program will start at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, January 26th. Interested Boston residents can register for the program at GreeningRozzie.org.

Mayor Wu encourages participation in CCE, a program she helped make possible when she served on the City Council. Over 150 Massachusetts cities and towns offer their residents municipal electricity programs like CCE. Boston’s program is the largest. The more Bostonians that participate in CCE, the more power the City of Boston has to negotiate favorable rates and terms.

Unfortunately, due to deregulation of the electricity market, many residents have responded to confusing offers from a range of third party providers (also known as “competitive electric suppliers”). In Roslindale, 36% of low-income households have signed up with one of these commercial providers. Some of these providers offer low rates at first, then raise their rates and charge penalties to switch to another provider. This means that many households may now be paying much more for electricity than if they had signed up for CCE.

We encourage participants to bring their electricity bills to the program for guidance on determining their providers and the steps they can take to switch to CCE.

Program participants will also learn how they can opt-up to 100% Green to receive electricity made entirely from non-polluting, locally-sourced, renewable energy.

The City of Boston’s website describing the CCE program in multiple languages can be found at https://www.boston.gov/departments/environment/community-choice-electricity.

For more information about GreeningRozzie, a citizen organization promoting renewable energy including solar panels for Roslindale residents, go to GreeningRozzie.org or email info@greeningrozzie.org.

Information about Mothers Out Front, a national movement of mothers and others working to ensure a livable climate for our children, can be found at https://www.mothersoutfront.org or by emailing:  info.ma.w.roxbury@mothersoutfront.org.

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