Community Electricity Programs:
Your Eligibility for a tax deduction, Explained

Most residents & businesses in the following communities are automatically participating in a community electricity aggregation program that appears right on their regular electric bills. Most communities' "Standard" and "Plus" ("opt-up") electricity options include more renewable energy than required by the states of Massachusetts or Rhode Island! Learn more about aggregation here.

To be eligible to get a receipt:

  • You must have paid an electric bill(s) during 2023 at homes or businesses in any of the communities listed below.
  • You must be on the community's Standard or Plus/Opt-Up (50% or 100%) renewable energy option (with the exception of Uxbridge & Rochester where the Standard option does not qualify). The community's Basic option does not qualify. If you made no active selection, you are probably on the Standard option and are eligible.
  • You must fill out our online form. If you're not sure you qualify, follow the steps on our form and we'll help you figure it out. 
Eligible Communities (Massachusetts) Eligible Communities (Rhode Island) 
Arlington Barrington
Bedford Central Falls
Brookline Narragansett
Cohasset Newport
Dedham Portsmouth
Fairhaven Providence
Gloucester South Kingstown
Rochester (Plus/Opt-Up option only)  
Uxbridge (Plus/Opt-Up option only)  

Why a tax deduction?

If you are participating in a community electricity program in one of these communities, 501c3 non-profit Green Energy Consumers Alliance purchases Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) on your behalf. You pay the cost of RECs as part of your monthly electric bill. That portion is considered a federally tax-deductible charitable contribution.

The average tax-deductible contribution by a customer on the default rate is $10 - $30 per year, and it is more for a customer who has opted up to 50% or 100% renewable electricity.

If you're not sure if you qualify, that's ok. You can check your eligibility for the tax deduction and download your tax receipt using a simple online form provided by Green Energy Consumers. You will need your electric bill. The process takes 1-5 minutes to complete.

If you have questions, please contact Thanks for your support of clean energy!