In the Community
Concord Light is proud to be a part of the Concord community. Since 1898, we have provided reliable service and quick response to outages. THANK YOU to all our customers!
As a municipal utility, Concord Light is exempt from paying taxes to the town; however, we do make a payment to the town each year called a PILOT (payment in-lieu of taxes) based on the amount equal to what NSTAR would pay in property taxes were they serving Concord.
Concord Light made an in-lieu-of-tax payment to the Town of $458,650 in 2014 and $447,800 in 2013. In 2012, Concord Light made an in-lieu-of-tax payment of $385,000.
Good Neighbor Energy Fund
With electric bill inserts and newsletter stories, Concord Light encourages people to donate directly to the Salvation Army's Good Neighbor Energy Fund. The fund is available to eligible Massachusetts residents who need assistance to pay their electric bill because of temporary financial difficulties and are not eligible for state or federal energy assistance.
Energy and electrical safety education
Each winter, Concord Light staff presents a lesson on the science of electricity and how to safely harness its power to third-grade students at the Willard, Alcott, and Thoreau schools. Topics covered include how electricity is made, how it gets to Concord homes, and how lineworkers do their job. As part of this interactive lesson, students make electricity by riding a bicycle generator, create circuits to operate fans and pinwheels, and touch a solar panel.
Hugh Cargill Trust
Concord Light contributes funds annually to the Hugh Cargill Trust which helps eligible Town residents with emergency assistance to pay their electric bills.
Residential Rate Assistance
Concord Light began our Residential Rate Assistance program in 2006 to help Concord residents in financial need. Eligible customers are able to lower their bills by as much as 50%. As of February 2014, there were 185 Concord households enrolled in this program.
Each fall, Concord Light buys lunch and our volunteers serve the meal to approximately 110 senior citizens during the Council on Aging "Wednesday Senior Lunch" program held at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center. In 2013, we provided lunch and a festive cake for our senior friends on Wednesday, October 30th. It's hard to say who enjoys this event more – the seniors or Concord Light staff!
Annual holiday tree lighting
Concord Light line crew decorates trees outdoors for the holidays using thousands of energy efficient LED lights in the West Concord business district and at the Town House.
Energy conservation services
Concord Light offers our residential customers energy savings advice and no-charge energy audits; we provide discounts on full-scale audits for our commercial customers. We also offer the following rebate programs:
Newsletters for our residential and business customers
Concord Light publishes the bi-monthly Concord News newsletter for our residential customers. Concord News contains helpful energy conservation ideas for homeowners, ways to save money with off-peak rates, updates on current events, community news, and financial information. The newsletter is printed on recycled paper using 100% post-consumer fiber. The paper is manufactured using biogas enery and is certified EcoLogo, processed chlorine free, and FSC recycled.
Business News is Concord Light's quarterly newsletter for our business customers. Concord Light also publishes an e-newsletter for its business customers. The e-newsletter is a streamlined and environmentally-friendly alternative to the paper version.