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. Each community's default and opt-up electricity options include more renewable energy than required by the state of Massachusetts! Learn more about aggregation here.

To be eligible to get a receipt:

  • You must have paid an electric bill(s) during 2022 at homes or businesses in any of the communities listed below.
  • You must be on the community's Default, 50%, 65%, or 100% renewable energy option (the Basic option does not qualify). If you made no active selection, you are probably on the Default 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)  
Arlington Millis
Bedford Milton
Brookline Rockland
Dedham Somerville
Fairhaven Stoneham
Gloucester Waltham
Hamilton Westford
Medford Winchester
Melrose Winchester

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. Those payments are considered a federally tax-deductible charitable contribution.

The average tax-deductible contribution by a customer on the default rate is $20 - $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!