June 2024 MA Muni Minute

Brian White
Municipal Program Director

Massachusetts Municipalities: Grant Opportunities in the Energy Space

Massachusetts municipalities have access to various grant opportunities aimed at promoting clean energy and sustainability. These grants, including the Gap III Energy Grant Program, Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant, and META Grants, support projects that reduce energy costs, enhance efficiency, and contribute to emission reduction goals. With initiatives such as solar installations, energy-efficient lighting, and building decarbonization, these programs provide invaluable resources for local governments striving for a greener future.

To explore the full range of opportunities and learn how your municipality can benefit, click here to read the full article.

Howard Plante
Vice President of Procurement

Annual System Peak Curtailment: Time for Peak Notifications

Freedom Energy’s Annual System Peak Notification Program has been instrumental in helping clients manage electricity demand during peak usage periods, significantly impacting capacity charges. As we enter the summer months of June, July, and August, it’s crucial to stay informed about potential system peaks, which can now occur as late as September due to changes in weather patterns and behind-the-meter solar generation. ISO-NE continues to plan for various scenarios to ensure adequate supply, and Freedom Energy is committed to providing timely notifications to optimize energy costs.

To learn more about managing peak demand and how to enroll in our Peak Notification Program, click here to read the full article.

Brian White
Municipal Program Director

Eversource and National Grid Implemented System Upgrades that affect ALL Residential and Commercial Accounts

Eversource and National Grid have implemented significant system upgrades, affecting all residential and commercial accounts. These changes include new account number formats and essential timelines for customers to follow. Understanding these updates is crucial for managing your energy accounts efficiently and ensuring a smooth transition with your energy suppliers.

For a comprehensive overview everything you need to know about the changes, including new account formats, implementation timelines, and steps to take for a seamless transition read the full article here.

Mallory Brooke
Nor’easter Weather Consulting

Freedom Energy’s Meteorologist

The Impact of La Niña on the 2024 Atlantic Hurricane Season

The 2024 Atlantic hurricane season has had a slow start, similar to 2014, with no named storms through June 11. La Niña conditions are expected to ramp up quickly this summer, bringing active hurricane activity along with varying weather patterns across the U.S. As we transition from El Niño, the Northeast may experience above-average temperatures and drier conditions, raising drought concerns until typical La Niña patterns establish by mid-July.

Learn more about the 2024 hurricane season from Mallory Brooke, Freedom Energy’s Meteorologist and Certified Consulting Meteorologist from Nor’easter Weather Consulting, in her complete article here.

Howard Plante
Vice President of Procurement

New England Futures Electricity Prices Summary

As we look ahead to the winter of 2024-2025, understanding the factors influencing energy costs and weather patterns is crucial for effective planning. In recent years, the Northeast has experienced relatively mild winters, largely influenced by the El Niño and La Niña phases of the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO). However, as we transition into a weak El Niño phase and eventually into La Niña, there are indications of a potentially colder winter ahead. This article explores the insights on energy costs and weather patterns, providing valuable information for preparing for the upcoming season.

Read more about the transition to La Niña, its potential impact on the upcoming winter, and strategies for mitigating energy price fluctuations.

In The Community: WBJ Energy Summit

Did you catch our team in the community? We were delighted to participate in the Mass Energy Summit organized by the Worcester Business Journal this month. The event provided an opportunity to engage in conversations about power generation, renewable energy options, and how to leverage energy incentives for a sustainable future. Our team also enjoyed hearing panel discussions, exploring industry trends, and connecting with so many dedicated professionals.

Thank you to everyone who visited our booth and connected with us at the event.

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