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Reading Municipal Light Department Launches Renewable Choice Program

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The Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) in Massachusetts recently announced the upcoming launch of its renewable choice opt-in program that will allow customers to support additional renewable energy resources above and beyond RMLD’s annual non-carbon energy targets.

Funds from the renewable choice program will be used to retire additional New England Power Pool Generation Information System compliant renewable certificates, specifically Mass Class 1 certificates.

The program launches February 1, 2022 for residential customers and will be available to commercial and industrial customers this spring.

Customers can choose to contribute at one of three levels to bring their monthly electricity usage to 50%, 75%, or 100% renewable/non-carbon. The renewable choice charge will be based on the participating customer’s monthly kilowatt hour (kWh) usage and will be added as a line item on the customer’s monthly electric bill.

A one-year commitment is required, and customers must be current with their bill to sign up.

Additional information about the program is available here: https://www.rmld.com/home/pages/renewable-choice.

The page also features a calculator which allows customers to input their monthly kWh usage to see how much their monthly renewable choice charge would be for all three available participation percentage levels.

Established in 1894, RMLD is a municipal electric utility serving over 70,000 residents in the towns of Reading, North Reading, Wilmington, and Lynnfield Center. RMLD has over 30,000 meter connections within its service territory.