Client Spotlight: City of Salem, MA

Salem is a historic coastal city in Essex County, Massachusetts and it is in the North Shore region of the state. The city features both historic residential neighborhoods and seaport tourist areas. One of the most widely known aspects of Salem is its history of witchcraft allegations, and the infamous Salem witch trials in the late 1600’s.

In the present day, the city and the local community are steadfast in their commitment to a sustainable future. As far back as 2016, the Salem City Council drafted a resolution in support of 100% renewable energy. The resolution resolved that the City of Salem would move forward to reduce fossil fuel use and expand clean energy initiatives that could offset a significant portion of the City’s electricity use.

Today, the city strives to exceed the state of Massachusetts’ commitment to carbon neutrality by 2050. Salem’s Resilient Together—2021 climate action plan highlights the City’s commitment to 100% clean energy for all municipal operations by 2030 and 100% of community energy by 2040. In support of their commitment to a sustainable future, the City contracted through Freedom Energy Logistics for its electricity requirements for the next 3 years. The contract includes an additional voluntary renewable energy component for all of Salem’s 200 accounts. To cover its annual usage, the city purchased a combination of Class I MA Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and National Wind RECs Combined.

The REC purchase equates to a GHG emissions reduction equivalent to removing 1,459 passenger cars from the road for a year or the CO2 emissions reduction equivalent to producing enough electricity annually to power approximately 808 homes. Salem is dedicated to accessible renewable energy for all its residents and businesses, and that the energy supply is renewable, efficient, safe, and resilient to climate-related disruptions.
Freedom Energy applauds Salem and the community for its tremendous strides and commitment in the effort to combat climate change. We are delighted to work with the city, not only to attain their energy objectives, but also to and assist in achieving their sustainability goals.