Energy Innovation & Leadership
As an energy delivery company, NSTAR has an important role in contributing to a cleaner environment. The leadership provided by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and his administration has helped to shape this role.
On a combined basis for 2010 and 2011, programs offered by NSTAR under the Green Communities Act are helping our electric customers save over 8.5 billion kWh over the life of energy efficiency measures installed. This equates to approximately $1.2 billion in energy and other related benefits to consumers over the life of these measures.
During the same time, programs offered by NSTAR under the Green Communities Act are helping our natural gas customers save almost 100 million therms of gas over the life of the energy efficiency measures installed. This equates to approximately $109 million in energy and non-energy benefits to consumers over the life of these measures.
Renewable Power Procurement
To help achieve reductions in greenhouse gas emissions associated with the generation of electricity, NSTAR purchases renewable energy from suppliers to deliver to homes and businesses in the Commonwealth.
NSTAR, its parent company Northeast Utilities, and Hydro Quebec are working on a proposed transmission project that would bring reliable, competitively priced, clean energy (predominantly hydropower) from Quebec into New England. The project is currently in the planning and permitting stages.
New laws encourage customers to explore sources of renewable energy like solar panels and windmills, which can then be connected to NSTAR’s electric system - adding renewable power to the system. Customers then receive a credit if they produce more power than they need. NSTAR has seen an increasing amount of customers applying for interconnections. In fact, since 2008 we’ve helped over 3,000 customers connect cleaner resources to our system.
NSTAR Smart Energy Pilot
Our Smart Grid Program is designed to help pilot customers increase awareness of electricity usage in their home. Participating customers are able to see their energy consumption and make better decisions that can save energy and money. This also helps NSTAR recognize energy usage patterns that will help shape the way energy is used throughout the community. Through the use of a home computer, an Internet connection, and a smart electric meter customers have the ability to take real-time actions to save energy and money.
NSTAR is proud to say that we are one of the founding members of the Regional Electric Vehicle Initiative (REVI). REVI works to advance the Northeast region’s understanding of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) and the charging infrastructure that supports them.
In 2011, NSTAR partnered with the City of Boston in a pilot for the city’s first on-street charging station for electric vehicles. And NSTAR remains at the ready to support further development of EVs in the region to help reduce CO2 emissions and reliance on fossil fuels.
In 2013, our company launched the "Plug My Ride" web site. The site is a resource for customers with information about electric vehicles and electric vehicle charging technology - helping customers make informed decisions that will benefit your family, business and community.
Commitment to Service
Understanding how critical a safe and reliable electric and natural gas system is to the communities we serve, we continue to invest in the infrastructure that provides service to customers. We constantly monitor the performance of our systems for safety and reliability and remain committed to our mission of providing great service to our customers and communities.