Waltham Community Electricity Program

Waltham Community Electricity (WCE) is Waltham’s program to provide new electricity supply options to Waltham residents and businesses.

Program launched in May 2021

Waltham Community Electricity launched in May 2021. Check the bill you receive in June – it should say City of Waltham WCE – Direct Energy in the Supplier field – if you’ve chosen to participate in the program.

Waltham Community Electricity is an electricity program operated by the City of Waltham to create more electricity supply options for residents and businesses in our city. With WCE, Eversource continues to deliver your electricity, repair outages and manage all electricity billing (you’ll still receive one bill from Eversource – on paper or electronically).

Diagram of the electricity options in Massachusetts, showing Supply, where the Waltham Community Electricity program comes in, Delivery, which is always with Eversource, and the Customer, who continues to receive a single bill from Eversource.

Learn about the program through 2 informational videos recorded by WCAC-TV with Councilor Vidal, one in English and one En español.

Program Options

Waltham Community Electricity has four options for electricity supply detailed below.

Waltham 10

$0.10912/kWh

Includes 10% renewable energy certificates in addition to state standards

Waltham 50

$0.12344/kWh

Includes 50% renewable energy certificates in addition to state standards

Waltham 100

$0.14134/kWh

Includes 100% renewable energy certificates

Waltham Basic

$0.10554/kWh

Meets mandated renewable energy standards

All of the additional Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) included in the program are designated as Massachusetts Class I. RECs are the accepted legal instrument used to track renewable energy generation and to substantiate claims of renewable energy use. Learn more about the RECs that are included on the Renewable Energy page.

Program options will be available to all residents and businesses in Waltham from May 2021 to December 2023.

Eversource Basic Service rates

Residential: $0.10753/kWh (July – December 2021)
Commercial: $0.09850/kWh (July – December2021)
Industrial: $0.09132/kWh NEMA (July – September 2021)
Renewable Energy: Meets only the mandated renewable energy standards.

Future savings cannot be guaranteed because Eversource Basic Service rates change every six months for residential and commercial customers and every three months for industrial customers.

Goals of Waltham Community Electricity

Competitive, Stable Price

Using strategic purchasing, combined with the bulk purchasing power of thousands of households and businesses in the program, WCE provides competitive, stable rates, although savings compared to Eversource cannot be guaranteed.

Support Renewable Energy Sources

Waltham program’s standard and optional products include more Renewable Energy Certificates (MA Class I), than required by the Commonwealth. This means you can support the growth of renewable energy generation in our region. 

Increased Choice and
Easy Participation

The program offers four different options for electricity supply so that everyone in Waltham can find an option that fits their budget and climate goals.

Participants in WCE may leave the program at any time without penalty.

Solar Electricity Consumers will continue to receive their net metering credits while participating in the program.

Budget Plan or Eligible Low-Income delivery rate consumers will continue to receive those benefits from the utility.

How to Participate in Waltham Community Electricity program

Most residents and businesses in Waltham already participate in the Waltham Community Electricity program. Check your electricity bill to see if you’re one of them: the Supplier should be listed as Waltham WCE – Direct Energy. If Eversource is still listed as your supplier, you may complete the enrollment form to sign up for WCE. If a different supplier is listed, contact that supplier to check for penalties or termination fees that they may charge before you join the Waltham Community Electricity program.

Participation in the WCE program is voluntary: you can leave the program at any time without fee or penalty.

The program will periodically send Customer Notification letters to new or newly eligible electricity customers, which includes the program details, information about product prices, and renewable energy certificates. Customers who receive this letter and do not choose to opt out will be automatically enrolled. To enroll sooner, use our online forms.

Questions and Support

Have questions or need help? Please visit the support page, which contains the contact information for the current program supplier and a form for comments.