Why buy green electricity with Mass Energy?
Mass Energy serves as a strong advocate for consumers and the environment. As a non-profit, our goal is to build a better world – not just a better bottom line.
All of our resources are located in New England, mostly in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Your payments support local projects. Read more about our local projects here.
Powerful & Mission-Driven
“A long-term contract with Mass Energy was critical to the [Ipswich wind turbine] project's success. Without it, the project would not have been able to move forward at all.”
-Kially Ruiz, developer, Ipswich Wind Independence LLC
We use the buying power of our 7000 members to sign-long term power purchase contracts with renewable energy projects in New England. These contracts help local projects develop. Our ability to sign those contracts hinges on our members--so more members means more contracts. Join, and be a part of our mission.
Changing the Grid Every Day
The graph below is a summary of National Grid's power mix for 2011. The mixes for NSTAR, Western Mass. Electric, and Unitil are similar. As you can see, we just don't have enough zero-emission sources such as wind and solar. But we can change that with New England Wind and New England GreenStart.
Reasons we need green power - especially wind power
Wind power is the most affordable zero-emission source of electricity. In contrast to fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and gas, wind power emits no: carbon dioxide, which causes climate change; sulfur dioxide, which causes acid rain and soot; Nitrogen dioxide, which causes smog; mercury, which causes severe neurological disorders in people, animals, and fish (electricity generated from coal is a major source of mercury pollution); or radioactive waste.
Most of New England’s electricity supply comes from sources that are imported from outside the region or outside the country. As a result, when we import power, we export dollars and jobs. Wind power represents an opportunity to create jobs here in New England and to keep rate-payer dollars here as well. That is why Mass Energy is focused on supporting wind projects in New England–and gives strong preference to projects in Massachusetts.
Any disruption of oil or natural gas supplies would hit this region hard. However, wind power offers New Englanders the opportunity to harness a local resource. Generating wind power is an essential step, among many, towards achieving energy independence.