Waltham Community Electricity Program

Waltham Community Electricity (WCE) is a program offered by the City of Waltham to provide residents and businesses with new electricity supply options and more renwable energy.

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!

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

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.

Program Products

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
Waltham 10 Waltham 50 Waltham 100 Waltham Basic Residential Basic Service
$0.10912/kWh $0.12344/kWh $0.14134/kWh $0.10554/kWh $0.17871/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 to December 2023 July - December 2022
Details Details Details Details Details

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 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.

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.

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.