The Wellesley Municipal Light Plant (WMLP) is introducing the new Wellesley Electric Customers Accelerated Reduction of Emissions (“WECARE”) program. This voluntary renewable energy program makes it easy and affordable to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, increase energy stability, and preserve the planet.
In 2020, Wellesley Town Meeting members adopted a resolution addressing the serious impact of climate change and pledged to support efforts by the WMLP to expand customer participation in the renewable energy program by changing the current opt-in enrollment to an opt-out program. Fees collected from the WECARE program will fund local renewable energy projects chosen by the WMLP for their impact on greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reduction in our community.
The WECARE program will add 4% to monthly electric bills for all residential and commercial accounts. For the average customer using 750 kWh, this will add $4.60 to the monthly cost. Even with this increase, WMLP customers will enjoy having their electric bills 46% lower than neighboring Massachusetts customers served by an Investor-Owned Utility. This additional money will be used by the WMLP to purchase renewable electricity, and may also fund local projects such as:
“WECARE is an exciting new program dedicated to reducing the climate impact of the energy we use in Wellesley. Through an additional optional charge on Wellesley electric bills, we will generate funds dedicated to the continued improvement of Wellesley's environmental footprint. I'm thrilled about the opportunities this program will create for Wellesley to make energy related investments with meaningful impact. The product of analysis and advocacy, forged through the input of many residents and elected representatives, WECARE will invest in a cleaner and greener future. We hope all residents will participate in this program,” said Jeff Wechsler, Chair of the Wellesley Municipal Light Board.
Beginning on July 1, 2021 all WMLP customers will be automatically enrolled in WECARE unless they choose not to participate by “opting out” of this program. No action is required by residents who support the Town’s decision to accelerate GHG reduction.
Residents who do not wish to participate can opt-out using one of two methods:
In addition to benefitting the environment, the program will also boost New England’s economy by using local sources of renewable power, and help accelerate financial support for the Town's emission reduction goals.
For more information, visit the Wellesley Municipal Light Plant webpages.