Tax Deductions: The cost of the additional renewable energy provided through Waltham Community Electricity is eligible for a federal tax deduction. To receive a receipt to file with your 2022 taxes, you must fill out the form here. Hard copy letters are not being mailed.
Waltham Community Electricity (WCE) is a program offered by the city of Waltham to provide new electricity supply options and more renewable energy to Waltham residents and businesses.
Supplier Contact Information: Direct Energy (866) 968-8065, email@example.com
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 the only electricity program offered by the City – beware of look-alike offers and always look for the City seal on materials sent to you!
Please note, the video references eligible customers automatically being enrolled (or having the option to not participate, or opt out) after receiving an opt-out letter detailing the Program. These letters, however, are only being sent periodically. To expedite enrollment, please complete the online form. The video will remain available to watch as it contains valuable information which viewers may find helpful.
Enroll in the 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: In the Supply Services section, the Supplier should be listed as City of Waltham WCE – Direct Energy if you’re a program participant.
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. Customers who receive this letter and choose to participate will be automatically enrolled. To enroll sooner, use the online forms.
May 2021 to December 2023
Waltham Community Electricity has a standard product, called Waltham 10, which has more renewable energy certificates (MA Class I RECs) than required by MA. Participants in the program receive Waltham 10 unless they affirmatively choose one of the other electricity products.
|Waltham Community Electricity||Eversource Basic Service|
|Waltham 10||Waltham 50||Waltham 100||Waltham Basic||Residential|
|10.912 ¢/kWh||12.344 ¢/kWh||14.134 ¢/kWh||10.554 ¢/kWh||25.776 ¢/kWh|
|Fixed rate for 31 months|
|More renewable energy from New England|
|100% Renewable Energy|
|Renewable energy||Includes 10% more Renewable Energy Certificates (MA Class I RECs), than required by MA||Includes 50% more Renewable Energy Certificates (MA Class I RECs), than required by MA||RECs to meet 100% of a user's monthly consumption, in addition to meeting all renewable energy standards||Meets renewable energy standards||Meets renewable energy standards|
|Duration||May 2021 - December 2023||January - June 2023|
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
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 It Works
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 & 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.