Clean Energy Dashboard

Explore the information below to learn more about HG&E’s electric mix and emissions portfolio, renewable energy facilities, and the steps that we are taking to expand our portfolio of carbon-free generation.

Clean Energy Dashboard Quick Links


HG&E's electric mix

  • Hydro-Renewable 56%
  • Hydro-Carbon Free 11%
  • Nuclear 17%
  • System Power Carbon Free 11%
  • System Power 5%
  • Null Energy 0%
  • Oil 0%
  • Natural Gas 0%

HG&E ELECTRIC MIX AS % OF RETAIL SALES

In 2021, 55.95% of HG&E’s power supply production came from generation that qualifies as renewable, according to definitions set forth by the Renewable Portfolio Standards within the New England states. Additionally, 22.78% of HG&E’s production came from generators that produce solar, hydro, battery storage and wind power, but which HG&E cannot claim as green energy because the renewable energy certificates (REC) are not owned by or retired with HG&E. The Null Energy Label is used to signify non-REC ownership. 0% of Null Energy total production served to meet HG&E’s electrical load in 2021, it was sold to the market. The System Power represents various term length bilateral contracts comprising system mix within ISO-NE that were procured during the summer time frame. System Power Carbon-Free represents long-term, on-peak bilateral contracts with nuclear carbon-free certificates attached that will end December 2035.

  • Carbon-Free Renewable 56%
  • Carbon-Free 39%
  • Other 5%

2021 EMissions

In 2021, 55.95% is renewable and carbon-free, while an additional 39.02% is carbon-free (nuclear, carbon-free system power and hydro). The other category comprises 5.03% of carbon emitting resources. Therefore, 94.97% of HG&E’s electrical load for the year was considered carbon-free. This percentage is slightly higher than 2020 carbon-free primarily because of higher electrical loads due to the return to normal effects from COVID-19 and more hydro production because of higher water flows. Our load was up approximately 7.0%, and hydro generation was up approximately 23.35% as compared to 2020. These charts use draft NEPOOL Residual Mix values.

Click the links below to learn more about our clean energy sources 

Electricity is a vital part of the way that we live our lives.  However, some of the conventional ways of generating that electricity, such as coal combustion, are not so friendly to the environment because they result in the emission of carbon dioxide and other pollutants.  Our goal is to expand carbon-free sources of electric generation in environmentally sensitive ways and promote the reduction of energy use through energy efficiency programs, all while maintaining some of the lowest electric rates in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  This successful balance is reflected in the fact that HG&E’s carbon footprint is significantly less than that of the average utility in New England.

clean energy source

Hydro

Solar

Wind

ENERGY STORAGE

Nuclear

water giph

sun giph

wind giph

battery giph

solar giph

Icons: icons8.com

WHOLESALE POWER

HG&E manages a diverse power supply portfolio, purchasing power to meet our customers ever-changing electric loads. HG&E monitors possible monthly and annual peak hours and actively institutes load reduction measures to lower HG&E’s load and thus costs during these times. As part of the Energy Purchasing and Risk Management Plan, the Department monitors the available energy supply and sources on a daily basis to stabilize and ensure price certainty for the future cost of power. The Department purchases power on both a short-term and long-term basis to take advantage of the fluctuating market, manage the risk of rising prices, and increase the stability of future energy costs, thereby stabilizing rates for all customers.

In 2020, 35.42% of HG&E’s power supply production came from generation that qualifies as renewable, according to definitions set forth by the Renewable Portfolio Standards within the New England states. Additionally, 25.52% of HG&E’s production came from generators that produce solar, hydro and wind power, but which HG&E cannot claim as green energy because the renewable energy certificates (REC) are not owned by or retired with HG&E. The Null Energy Label is used to signify non-REC ownership/retirement. Only 19.43% of Null Energy total production served to meet a small portion (6.24%) of HG&E’s electrical load in 2020, while the excess was sold to the market.

solarcabot-landing-interior-two-column.jpg
solar facility near commercial property

 

 

Renewable Energy for customers

Would you like to learn more about installing renewable energy generation at your home or business?  HG&E can answer your questions related to your home energy system such as general feasibility, system potential developers/installers and available incentives, and even provide a free technical review of projected system revenues provided by developers to ensure that their projections are realistic. 

Learn more by visiting the following links:

Energy Conservation & Education

HG&E has a variety of rebates and incentives, as well as educational resources that can help customers conserve energy and better understand their usage. From simple tips to complete electrification, HG&E can help you every step of the way. Please explore the links below, it could save you energy and money!

Cabot Street facility and solar array on Jackson St

Clean Energy Partners

HG&E has been recognized as a leader in clean energy and is constantly looking for innovative, cost-effective ways to expand and diversify the portfolio of renewable and carbon-free electricity. Partnering with national and regional energy leaders, HG&E has received over $5 Million in grant funding to support local, clean energy goals. In addition, HG&E has invested approximately $20 Million in collaborative clean energy projects that provide renewable energy to the community and enable future clean energy development. 

For more information, visit Clean Energy Partners.

Clean Energy Growth 

HG&E is constantly looking for innovative, cost-effective ways to expand and diversify its portfolio of renewable and carbon-free content. As a vertically integrated municipal utility, HGE& has the ability to vendors and developers in order to identify opportunities for new and emerging clean energy technologies. 

Drone image of the canal system
battery storage containers

Clean Energy Awards & Designations

HG&E received several recent awards and designations for our commitment to carbon-free energy, including:

  • 2021 Utility Transformation Leaderboard from the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) 
  • Reliable Public Power Provider from the American Public Power Association
  • Certificate of Excellence in Reliability from the American Public Power Association
  • Smart Electric Power Alliance ranked HG&E third nationally in energy storage per capita
  • The Ira W. Leighton, Jr. Outstanding Innovative Technology Award from Environmental Business Council of New England for Mount Tom Solar & Energy Storage System
  • Energy Manager Today Project of the Year for Mount Tom Solar & Energy Storage System
  • Safety Achievement Award from the American Gas Association
  • Engineering the Future

    In the summer of 2022, HG&E welcomed two new cadet engineers onto our team, Chris Perez and Kyle Lippman. Both graduates of Holyoke High School, they spent their summer arriving to work at 7 am and learning about the important work happening at HG&E and throughout their community. From the fishway to gas service, and the meter department to power supply, these recent high school graduates were exposed to a variety of HG&E career paths as they became oriented to their new roles.

  • Celebrate Public Power & Public Natural Gas Week

    Holyoke Gas and Electric (HG&E) is inviting the local community to celebrate Public Power & Public Natural Gas Week on October 5 from 4 – 6 PM at Veterans Park. This free event will feature a little something for the entire family!

  • Gas Heating System Check-Up

    Cold weather is just a few months away, plan ahead and get your natural gas fired heating system ready for falling temperatures. HG&E is offering a limited number of free winter checkups on a first come first serve basis. After the free appointments fill up, the normal service rates will be applied to the customer bill. Please book your winter checkup before September 16.

View All News