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ACOUSTIC STUDY FOR THE PROPOSED LELWD PEAK POWER GENERATORS

This study’s objective is to demonstrate that the proposed future peak power generators in Littleton (the “Project”) will comply with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (“MassDEP”) Noise Policy for both broadband and tonal noise at the nearest residential property lines and residences and will comply with the Littleton Noise Bylaw.

See the full report here.

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Dual Enrollment Program

The Littleton Electric Light and Water Department has partnered with Littleton High School to create a dual enrollment program for Littleton High School students who are interested in pursuing college-level courses in the fields of engineering/technology or environmental sciences.

The Dual Enrollment program provides opportunities for Littleton High School students to take college-level courses and earn credit toward their future college degrees. LELWD will cover the cost of the course as well as any books that the student may need.

Requirements:

  • Littleton High School junior or senior student with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater

Process (To be completed in this order):

  • LHS student must submit a letter of recommendation from principal, guidance counselor or teacher to LELWD.
  • LHS student to be interviewed by LELWD staff prior to being awarded.
  • Once awarded the grant, LHS student must submit an application and high school transcripts with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to the Dual Enrollment University.
  • LHS student must provide a parental signature and a guidance counselor signature allowing them to take classes on campus.
  • LHS Student must register and enroll in course. Students are limited to enrolling in 1000 and 2000 level courses in the fields of engineering/technology or environmental sciences.

Deadlines:

  • LHS student to submit a letter of recommendation from principal, guidance counselor or teacher to LELWD prior to the following dates:
    • Fall Semester – April 1st
    • Spring Semester – October 1st
    • Summer Semester – February 1st
  • LHS student will then be contacted by LELWD to set up an interview.
  • Successful LHS students will then need to complete the appropriate applications required by the college by the appropriate deadlines.
  • Upon being accepted by the Dual Enrollment University, LHS student then needs to register for classes by the Dual Enrollment University class registration deadlines.

To learn more about the process, Click Here.

To submit an online application, Click Here.

To learn about The Denise M. Pagacik Memorial Scholarship, Click Here.

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More ways to save!

LELWD introduces the Green Rewards Program, it is designed to save you money! The program offers exclusive rebates and incentives to LELWD customers to save both natural resources and money. Green Rewards will help you reduce your home’s environmental impact and lower your electric and water bills. The Green Rewards program can save you $460 off your electric and water bills in one year by using the smart products, rebates and incentives. Learn more about how to participate in this money saving program.

 

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Private Area Lighting/Rate 80

Private Area Lighting

Download PDF of Electric Rate Schedule 80

Designation: MDPU 280

Superseding: MDPU 180
Applicable to:

In the Towns of Littleton and Boxborough, any customer other than the Town of Littleton, for outdoor lighting including unaccepted streets.

Character of Service:

The Department will own, install, service and energize lights of the size and type listed below, to be connected directly to the Department’s existing facilities. Light fixtures will be energized from approximately 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise, about 4,200 hours annually.
Additional poles or facilities at extra cost.

Go here to apply for Private Lighting.

Fixed Monthly Charge:

For each light and pole, to recover the cost of the light fixture, hardware, pole, and maintenance.

Size
(Watts)
Type Approx. Lumens Approx. Monthly
kWh per Fixture
Monthly Charge
175 MV Roadway 8,000 67 $4.40
400 MV Flood 22,000 158 $8.75
1000 MV Flood 63,000 354 $15.93
50 MH Roadway 4,000 21 $4.55
100 MH Roadway 9,600 41 $5.81
400 MH Flood 32,000 157 $12.79
1000 MH Flood 140,000 385 $14.29
0 to 50 LED Roadway 2,480 10 $6.83
51 to 100 LED Roadway 4,806 30 $8.72
101 to 150 LED Flood 48 $19.19
35′ Pole N/A N/A $4.00

Purchased Power Charge:

For all kWh’s, a charge per kWh to recover the cost of purchased power and transmission in accordance with currently filed Purchased Power Charge (PPC).

Terms:

Charges for lighting services will appear as an item on a customer’s electric bill and bear the same terms as the customer’s general service rate.

Conditions:

Lamp replacement and maintenance will be performed as soon as possible following notification by customer for the need for such service. No light shall be more than 150 feet from the Department’s existing overhead distribution facilities. The customer shall agree the Department will not be required to move its facilities to another location on the customers’ premises unless the customer shall bear the cost thereof. Customer hereby agrees to take service for a minimum period of 12 months, unless the customer’s right to occupy the premises ceases during such period. This schedule reflects actual expenses incurred in operation and maintenance, including fuel.

Effective: April 1, 2015

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Board of Commissioners

Board of Commissioner’s meetings are held at the Littleton Electric Light and Water Department at 6:00 p.m. on the scheduled date.

Each department is governed by a five-member board of commissioners.  Commissioners are elected by Littleton voters to a three-year term.  Commissioners select and support department management as well as establish policies and procedures to assure long-term consistent service to the rate-paying public.  Commissioner’s meetings are held monthly and are open to the public.

Current Commissioners:

Ivan Pagacik, Chairman – Term Expires 2022

Bruce Trumbull, Vice Chairman – Term Expires 2021

Dick Taylor, Secretary – Term Expires 2021

James Karr, Member- Term Expires 2022

Scott Larsen, Member- Term Expires 2023

Meetings are held on Wednesdays at 6:00 PM. When meeting minutes become available, the link for that date will become active.

2021 Meeting Minutes

December 22

November 22

October 27

September 22

August 18

June 23

May 26

April 28

March 24

February 24

January 27

2020 Meeting Minutes

July- No Meeting

April- No Meeting

2019 Meeting Minutes

April- No Meeting

February- No Meeting

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Littleton Precipitation Totals

The Littleton Water Department (LWD) is an active participant in the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Office of Water Resources’ Rainfall Program. As one of 150 monitoring stations across the state, LWD collects precipitation data on a daily basis that is then used in the state’s drought monitoring program. Additional information on this state program can be found at www.mass.gov.

Fire Flow Testing & Hydrant Flushing

Testing fire flows and hydrant flushing requires opening fire hydrants and releasing large volumes of water. This is regular maintenance conducted by all water systems.

Pros: The flow tests ensure adequate water pressure to fire hydrants for fire protection.  The flushing of the water mains removes sediment that can build up and restrict water flow, reducing water pressure.

Con: This system maintenance can result in temporarily discolored water which may last 24-48 hours.  While the water remains safe, it has an unappetizing appearance.  It can also stain laundry and fixtures.

What Should You Do?

  • Prior to the designated flushing period: consider collecting water in a pitcher or pot to be used for drinking and cooking over the next 24 hours.
  • In the 24 hours after flushing, reduce usage as much as possible to avoid drawing discolored water into your home piping.
  • Avoid using laundry, ice machines, dishwasher, bathtubs, or hot water tanks.
  • If your water still appears discolored after 24 hours, run a cold water tap closest to your meter (usually found in the basement or a first floor sink) for up to 15 minutes.
  • If the water coming from the tap is not clear after running for 15 minutes, wait 1-2 hours and try again.
  • Avoid running a hot water tap because it could draw sediment into your hot water tank.

If you inadvertently drew discolored water into your home and the staining of clothes or fixtures does occur, rust removal products are available at the LELWD office..

Invitation For Bid & Proposals

All Legal Notice and Advertisement Bids will be posted here when they become available by LELWD. Select your desired notice below and follow the instructions specific to that notice. Littleton Electric Light & Water Departments reserves the right to reject any or all bids, wholly or in part in accordance with Massachusettes General Law.

The Littleton Water Department (LWD) is working with Tighe & Bond on the Spectacle Pond Raw Water Transmission Main. All inquiries are to be directed to Tighe & Bond, and instructions to bidders and related bid documents may be obtained electronically from Tighe & Bond, at its website at: http://www.tighebond.com/Projects_Out_to_Bid.php View the advertisement for more details.

The Littleton Water Department (LWD) is working with Tighe & Bond on the Whitcomb Ave Water Treatment Plant. All inquiries are to be directed to Tighe & Bond, and instructions to bidders and related bid documents may be obtained electronically from Tighe & Bond, at its website at: http://www.tighebond.com/Projects_Out_to_Bid.php View the advertisement for more details.

Rebates

 

All LELWD rebates will be administered by Energy New England. They will process and distribute rebates in the form of a check. Please allow up to 8 weeks for processing. For more information, contact ENE at (888) 772-4242 or email [email protected]

Advanced Meter Infrastructure

Advanced Meter Infrastructure

The Littleton Electric Light & Water Department’s existing meter infrastructure, AMR (Automated Meter Reading), is at its end of life and is in need of replacing. As a result, LELWD will be replacing customer meters with AMI (Advanced Meter Infrastructure) meters. These new meters use similar technology as our previous AMR meters but are able to provide more benefits to you and LELWD.

What Are The benefits?

  • Power Outage Notification– AMI can detect power outages and will instantly send an alert which will improve restoration times.
  • New Programs– Opportunity to develop and enhance innovative programs for all customers (EV, solar, battery storage, off-peak programs, etc.)
  • Water Leak Detection – AMI can detect water leaks which will help you and LWD conserve and protect water.
  • Customer Portal– Customer access to detailed information that will help customers better understand energy and water use.
  • Customer Service – Both electric and water meters can be read simultaneously and remotely to provide real time usage data for customer questions and concerns.
  •  Environmental Stewardship- LELWD can read meters remotely and efficiently. We will no longer need to drive through town to collect monthly readings which will reduce emissions and traffic in your neighborhood. We calculated a fuel savings of almost 1,000 gallons of gasoline per year!

FAQ

This is completely normal, the meter screen toggles between the screen check (lit up) and meter info.

No, there is no fee for replacing your meter.

LELWD residential customers who live in a single family home or an apartment with less than 4 dwellings are eligible to opt out. Please see LELD Advanced Meter Infrastructure Opt-Out Policy.

If applicable, customers must refer to the LWD AMI Manual Meter Read Policy  if fully opting out of electric AMI.

The current AMR meters broadcast almost 3,000 times a day, every day, and the new AMI meters only broadcast 3 times a day (once every 8 hours). The AMI meter transmits almost 1,000 times less.

For electric, LELD will use the town’s community notification system to give customers a general idea of when their neighborhood will be scheduled. When an LELD employee arrives at your home to replace the meter, they will knock on your door, identify themselves and allow any time necessary to address any questions or concerns you may have. We will never ask to come inside your home for electric service. Not enrolled to receive important alerts? Sign up https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/458D14D27696

For water, LWD will reach out to you in order to set up an appointment to replace water meters, as this will require access into your home.

For electric meters, LELD can replace the meter without any interaction with the customer. Additionally, LELD employees will not need to come into your home for this task.

For water meters, LWD will need access into your home and will schedule this time with you. (LELWD employees practice social distancing).

Yes, replacing your meter requires a brief outage that typically only lasts a minute. If you need to schedule this outage, please give us a call 978-540-2222.

AMI stands for Advanced Metering Infrastructure. AMI is a system that allows LELWD to be able to remotely communicate with electric and water meters.

Click to learn more about AMI meters from Itron. 

Just like traditional meters, Advanced Meters record the amount of electricity or water consumed over time. They differ from traditional utility meters in that they have additional functionality including communications and memory.

LELWD Advanced Meters communicate using radio frequency (RF) transmissions, similar to the Wi-Fi in your home. 

Click to learn more about RF in AMI meters from Itron. 

RF emitted by these meters is well below the limits set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and below the levels produced by other common household devices like cell phones, baby monitors, satellite TVs, and microwave ovens. According to Dr. Peter A. Valberg, “You would have to be exposed to an Advanced Meter for 375 years to equal the RF emissions you get from using a cell phone for 15 minutes a day for one year”.

The RF emitted by Advanced Meters is a very low-field and intermittent. In fact, LELWD meters are programmed to only transmit their data three times a day. With more than 25,000 articles published on the topic over the last 30 years, scientific knowledge in this area is now more extensive than for most chemicals. In-depth review of these scientific studies by the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that the small amount of RF energy produced by Advanced Meters is not harmful to human health.

The American Cancer Society explains the difficulty to prove or disprove a link between living in a house with smart meters and cancer because people have so many other sources of exposure to RF and the level of exposure from smart meters is so small. For example, the amount of RF radiation you could be exposed to from a smart meter is much less than RF radiation exposure from a cell phone. Therefore, it is very unlikely that living in a house with a smart meter increases risk of cancer. The World Health Organization has promised to conduct a formal assessment of the risks from RF exposure but this report is not yet available. 

For more detailed explanations and information regarding RF, visit the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) RF Safety FAQ page

Advanced Meters do not adversely affect the stability or performance of home wireless networks. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates all electronics to prevent one type of electronic equipment from interfering with other electronic and wireless devices that operate in the same frequency band.

According to the American Cancer Society, “One concern expressed is that the radio frequency (RF) waves produced by smart meters might interfere with electronic medical devices such as a heart pacemaker. A study that examined the effect of smart meters on pacemakers and implantable defibrillators found that the smart meters did not interfere with these devices.”  More information can be found atAmerican Cancer Society Website FAQ page for Smart Meters.

 

Advanced Meters measure utility usage in exactly the same way as our previous AMR meters. The new meters will continue to measure only the actual amount of electricity or water you use, and the meter itself will not cause your bills to increase or decrease. Advanced Meters have been tested under various conditions and show consistently accurate readings.

LELWD’s system is, and will continue to be, in compliance with standards for cybersecurity and privacy, including standards set by the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC). Our systems also comply with federal and state regulations. Meters and the associated communications system are encrypted and equipped with security features to prevent unauthorized access. 

In addition, LELWD adheres to strict policies and follows state laws that regulate the use of personal information gathered for business purposes, such as billing and customer service.

No, LELWD will only know how much energy and water you use during a specified time interval. There is no way of knowing how you used energy or water during a specific time.

Distributed Generation

Solar

The Littleton Electric Light & Water Departments is accepting customers interested in installing solar and other distributed generation systems on their home or business.

Residential

Customers who are rate 10 are allowed to apply for interconnection.

Commercial

Customers who are rate 20, 30, 40, 50, and 60 are allowed to apply for interconnection.

MLP Solar Rebate program

This program is continuing into 2021!

Residential

Customers under Rate 10 should read our Rate Schedules and our Standards for Interconnecting a Distributed Geneation System. We cannot recommend installers, but we can recommend you talk to local installers, as they are most familiar to local ordinances and regulations as well as LELWD requirements. When an installer makes a proposal/estimate, make sure they are using LELD rates and charges. There is a $250 application fee that is required when applying for interconnection, and will only be processed if the interconnection project is completed. 

Residential customers must follow the 2021 Interconnection Standards.

Residential customers who apply for net metering are subject to Rate 70 and should read and fully understand that rate.

Net Metering system size calculation– The sum of the 12 month billing cycle (kwh usage) determines system size. If the sum is greater than 10,560 kWh (the cap), then the customer is eligible for the maximum size allowed (8kW AC). Any sum below that is limited to that sum.                                                                  (The annual consumption (kWh) / 110 kWh (industry standard) / 12 (months) = system size in kW AC.)

System Size –The maximum allowable residential interconnection is the lesser of 15 kW (AC Rating) or a system sized estimated not to produce more annual energy than the previous 12 months of the customer’s bills. The lesser of 8 kW (AC Rating) is eligible for net metering.

To apply for interconnection, please submit the following:

  • $250 Application fee (check payable to “LELD”)
  • Interconnection application (2021 Interconnection Standards)
  • One-line drawing
  • Plan View (showing meter, disconnect switch and the production meter outside)

Commercial

Customers under Rate 20, 30, an 40 should read our Rate Schedules and our Standards for Interconnecting a Distributed Generation System. We cannot recommend installers, but we can recommend you talk to local installers, as they are most familiar to local ordinances and regulations as well as LELWD requirements. When an installer makes a proposal/estimate, make sure they are using LELD rates and charges. There is a $250 application fee that is required when applying for interconnection, and will only be processed if the interconnection project is completed. 

Commercial customers must follow the Standards for Interconnecting Distributed Generation.

Commercial customers must have net metering and are subject to Rate 70 and should read and fully understand that rate.

System Size –The maximum allowable small business, small commercial, or small industrial (Rate 20 – Customer Demand less than 40 kVA) interconnection cannot be sized larger than a system that annually produces more than 50% of the energy of the previous 12 months of the customer’s bills.

The maximum allowable large business, large commercial, or large industrial (Rate 30 and Rate 40 – Customer Demand greater than 40 kVA) interconnection cannot be sized larger than 50% of the highest monthly peak demand from the previous 12 months of the customer’s bills.

MLP Solar Rebate Program

LELD is working with the Department of Energy Resources and our energy service agency, Energy New England, to make solar technology more affordable for our customers to adopt in renewable energy.

LELD has pledged a total of $105,000, which the DOER will match, for a potential total of $210,000 in program funds. The MLP Solar Program will award $1.20 per watt for approved projects, with LELD and the DOER both providing a matching contribution of $0.60. Awards will be dispensed on a first come, first served basis to solar projects that meet specific requirements

Rebate Process:

  1. Installer applies for interconnection to install with LELWD.
  2. If LELWD issues interconnection approval, the installer and customer can apply for the rebate.
  3. ENE reviews the application and validates all DOER data & requirements and gathers any missing info/documents.
  4. Once the app is complete, ENE sends application to DOER for approval to install/award reservation.
  5. If DOER approves, it issues an award letter and the installer completes installation, following LELWD’s completion process.
  6. Once installation is complete and final documents are submitted, ENE sends to DOER for payment/final approval
  7. If DOER approves payment, ENE invoices LELWD + DOER for payment to system owner
  8. Once ENE receives payments from both DOER & LELWD, ENE sends checks to homeowner on behalf of DOER & LELWD
  9. Upon payment receipt, ENE + DOER consider the project complete.

Questions? contact Energy New England at [email protected] 

Our Partners

FAQ

No, an LELD customer must own the property and the distributed generation in order to interconnect to LELD’s distribution system.  Any energy generated from a third party would have to be purchased directly by LELD through a purchased power agreement.

No, energy generated from a solar system must be applied to the meter of the account holder of record.  Applying the energy usage to another account or property is not permitted as that is considered retail wheeling and not allowed in LELD service territory.

The maximum allowable residential interconnection is the lesser of 15 kW (AC Rating) or a system sized estimated not to produce more annual energy than the previous 12 months of the customer’s bills. The lesser of 8 kW (AC Rating) is eligible for net metering.

The maximum allowable small business, small commercial, or small industrial (Rate 20 – Customer Demand less than 40 kVA) interconnection cannot be sized larger than a system that annually produces more than 50% of the energy of the previous 12 months of the customer’s bills.

The maximum allowable large business, large commercial, or large industrial (Rate 30 and Rate 40 – Customer Demand greater than 40 kVA) interconnection cannot be sized larger than 50% of the highest monthly peak demand from the previous 12 months of the customer’s bills.

Yes, however, if the battery is AC coupled (having it’s own inverter) then it will impact the system size allowed for total interconnection. If the battery is DC coupled, it will have no impact but should still be stated on the application.

LELD uses true bidirectional meters for distributed generation customers, not net meters. Therefore, any surplus energy that is returned to the grid is accounted for at that moment. LELD charges the customer for all of the power that’s purchased from LELD and credit the customer for all that is returned and that energy is captured in separate registers in the meter. Example, if you take 1,000 kWh from LELD in a month and give back 800 kWh, you would be charged for 1,000 kWh and credited for 800 kWh, not simply charged for 200 kWh. 

Pagacik Scholarship

The Denise M. Pagacik Memorial Scholarship

The Denise M. Pagacik scholarship is an annual, merit based scholarship that focuses on rewarding ambitious individuals interested in the fields of engineering or environmental sciences.

This scholarship was created in memory of Denise M. Pagacik of Littleton, Massachusetts. Denise was a loving mother and wife who lived in Littleton for over 25 years. She was a selfless member of the community who was always there for others at any given moment.

The Denise M. Pagacik scholarship is funded by the Littleton Electric Light and Water Department (LELWD). In establishing this scholarship, LELWD wishes to recognize the positive impact that Denise had on our community by assisting students to achieve their career goals; an objective which has the added benefit of bettering the community at large.

Eligibility

Applicants of the Denise M. Pagacik Scholarship must:

  • Be a graduating senior from Littleton High School.
  • Have maintained a grade point average of at least 3.0.
  • Must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the fields of Engineering or Environmental Science at an accredited undergraduate institution in the United States.

* It is strongly encouraged that the student successfully participated in the Littleton Electric Light and Water Department’s Dual Enrollment Program

Award

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a one-time award of up to a $2,000 scholarship.

In order for LELWD to issue the payment, the recipient must contact the college they are attending and get a proof of enrollment. The proof of enrollment can be sent directly to LELWD. LELWD will then forward the scholarship award to the college.

Application Process

To apply, Click Here to fill out the application and submit a one page essay explaining the importance of community selflessness and how you would like to define your career.

Deadline
The deadline for application submission is May 31st 2020.

Selection of Recipients

The Littleton Electric Light and Water Department will evaluate all applicants. Applicants will be evaluated and selected using the following criteria:

  • Academic excellence and intellectual passion
  • Great distinction in leadership activities
  • Strength of vision for how your goals can be fulfilled
  • Commitment to community involvement

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Cedar Hill Water Tank

Cedar Hill Information Webinar

Thank you for joining us on September 23rd, 2020 at 7:00 PM Eastern to learn more on the Cedar Hill Water Tank Project. 

The Littleton Water Department has begun the process of replacing the existing water storage tank on Cedar Road with a NEW Storage Tank which will be constructed on the parcel abutting the existing water tank parcel (34 Cedar Road). The first step in this process was retaining the services of Tata & Howard, Inc. for the design and construction oversight of the New Cedar Hill Water Tank.  Over the next several weeks you may notice some activity taking place at or near the existing tank site, as survey and soil borings are undertaken to assist in the design and layout of the new tank.  The Littleton Water Department, along with Tata & Howard, plans on hosting an information session with abutters sometime after the New Year to present the plan and take questions from abutters. 

Georgetown Water Tank

A few facts about the project: 

  • The existing water storage tank was constructed in 1950 and holds approximately 485,000 gallons of water.
  • Similar to the Georgetown Water tank photo above, the new tank design will be a composite concrete pedestal and steel tank with similar volume as our current tank on Cedar Hill.
  • The existing Cedar Hill Tank is critical to LWD’s ability to meet the daily demand of our customers, as well as maintain proper pressure in the Long Lake neighborhood.  Therefore, it will be necessary to keep the existing tank in service while the new tank is constructed. 
  • Once the NEW Storage Tank is completed and in service, the existing storage tank will be removed and the site restored. 

This page will be updated as more information becomes available.