Sustainability

Sustainability

LELWD is committed to providing sustainable solutions that help our customers save money, reduce our collective environmental impact, and support our community’s energy efficiency projects and programs that enrich the communities we serve to improve our collective quality of life. 

Power Supply Portfolio

LELWD’s power supply portfolio complies with the Municipal Lighting Plant Greenhouse Gas Emission Standard (“MLP-GGES”) (M.G.L. c. 25A, § 11F3/4), while still providing our ratepayers with the lowest possible cost. Also recognizing that reductions in carbon emissions through non-power supply portfolio measures (through enhanced energy efficiency measures, promotion of energy efficient products such as electric vehicles, and rate design) are important contributors to the Integrated Resource Plan. New technologies will also be analyzed and utilized to achieve the emissions reduction goals and to reduce LELWD’s overall power supply expenses.

Power Portfolio

As of 2021

0 %
Non-Carbon Emitting
0 %
Carbon Emitting

Power Supply Portfolio

LELWD will strive to enter into power supply purchases to minimize risks through layered and staggered purchases with credit worthy power suppliers. Power supply should be flexible enough to meet an evolving energy marketplace. The term “power supply” shall consist of three distinct portfolios: energy, capacity, and environmental attributes including renewable energy credits (“RECs”) and emission-free energy certificates (“EFECs”).

In order to meet the required percent of required total non-carbon emitting energy sold per MLP- GGES, LELWD will buy and retire all RECs and EFECs available in its power supply contracts with the exception of solar RECs (SRECs) which will be sold, and an equivalent amount of Massachusetts RECs will be purchased. To the extent additional RECs are needed to meet the minimum requirements of the GGES shown in column two above, LELWD will buy and retire Class I or Class II RECs from the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL) region.

Year Percent of Total Non-Carbon Emitting Energy Sold per LELWD IRP Percent of Required Total Non-Carbon Emitting Energy Sold per MLP-GGES
2021 36 0
2022 36 0
2023 38 0
2024 42 0
2025 42 0
2030 50 50
2040 75 75
2050+ 100 100

Residential Conservation Services

Pursuant to 225 CMR 4.00, LELWD follows residential conservation services (RCS) regulation. LELWD is required to spend .0025% of gross  annual retail revenues towards these services. 

LELWD spent 95% more than the required spending on energy efficiency and sustainable programs in 2021.

Sustainability Programs

Free Shade Trees

LELWD offers up to 2 free shade trees per customer, which has equated to planting 890 trees. Mature trees can lower cooling cost in the summer and lower heating cost in the winter, all while consuming CO2 for cleaner air quality.

Renewable Energy Credit

Customers can receive a renewable energy credit because the Littleton Electric Light Department receives certain financial incentives to invest in and develop renewable projects, and decides to give these financial incentives back to residential electric customers.  In order to receive this credit, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources requires that customers opt-in to this program.  

Customers who choose to receive this credit will receive $0.50 to $5.00 off their electric bill each month!

Free Shade Tree Program
LELWD has planted 890 trees in the programs 6 years!

Discounted Energy Products

From LED lightbulbs to low flow water fixtures, LELWD offers customers discounted products.

Electric Vehicle Program

With 5 public charging stations installed and rebates for home charging equipment, LELWD makes it easy for customers to adopt electric vehicle technology.  

Distributed Generation

The Board of Commissioners  recently approved an increase to the LELWD net metering cap to allow more customers to install solar. Customers are also allowed to interconnect other distributed generation and energy storage.  LELWD also offers a solar rebate to help make solar more affordable.

Sustainable Home Program

Make your home more sustainable by implementing energy efficient recommendations based on a free home energy assessment. LELWD offers rebates up to $500 for qualifying home projects and a $1,000 incentive for removing fossil fuel systems to switch to all electric.