The Energy pathway for Wellesley's Climate Action Plan is focused exclusively on electricity generation (how we source our energy) and demand (how we use it). In our community, electricity provided by the Wellesley Municipal Light Plant (WMLP) and used in Wellesley is responsible for 13% of all GHG emissions.
The transition to carbon-free electricity is critical, as many actions to reduce GHG emissions, such as increasing electrification of our buildings and vehicles, will increase the total amount of electricity consumed. By having a municipal utility, Wellesley is better positioned than other towns to transition to clean electricity. While there are some limitations on which renewable sources are available to WMLP, simply having local control of the decisions to move to clean, carbon-free sources is a benefit. Wellesley will also benefit from maximizing installed solar and energy storage capacity across all sectors.
Click here to view climate goals, strategies, and actions for Wellesley’s Energy pathway.
Wellesley's volunteer energy coaches are trained in clean energy technologies. Our coaches help residents explore, plan for, and initiate actions associated with home/building weatherization, efficient electric heat pump systems, solar power, electric vehicles, and other energy adaptations to save money, make our homes healthier and more comfortable, and address climate change.Link to page
Energy Efficiency & Conservation
WMLP has partnered with HomeWorks Energy and Energy New England to help the Wellesley reach its residential energy efficiency goals. An energy assessment will help you learn where you are using energy and what you can do to lower that usage.Link to page
In December 2017, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources designated Wellesley a Green Community and awarded to Town $132,250 to fund sustainable energy projects.Link to page
Reducing Energy Use
Suggestions and resources on reducing or eliminating excessive energy use.Link to page
Solar in Wellesley
Wellesley Solar ProgramsLink to page