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As reported by the MA Department of Energy Resources (DOER), buildings account for 31.6% of all energy use in Massachusetts. And because New England is at the end of the energy supply chain our costs for energy are the highest in the nation. Not only are our costs high, but an over reliance on fossil fuel to power and heat our homes is dirty and dangerous.

Massachusetts has done much as a state to address this issue. It is the leading state for energy efficiency in the country (ranked by American Council for Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE)) and our Clean Technology activities support one of our fastest growing job sectors. And within this statewide success, New Bedford has taken a leadership position in how we have addressed energy issues within our city, reducing costs and the associated emissions.

The Energy Office oversees all energy activities for the City and its residents through its programs and initiatives. These activities include programs for energy efficiency, renewable energy, transportation initiatives and our electricity supply.

One of the key programs of the energy office is its residential program, New Bedford Energy Now (NBEN), which was created in 2010. NBEN’s mission is to bring the cost reductions and associated emission benefits of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and electricity supply directly to all our residents and small businesses within the city. NBEN is our residents and small businesses “One Stop Shop” for all things Energy.

Since its inception, NBEN has served over 3,500 families and small businesses through its programs addressing energy efficiency and solar. The result of all this activity is that our residents have realized an aggregate annual savings of over $388,000. And the key driver to all this success has been the partnerships with local community groups and organizations that have made NBEN and the City a national leader.

Together, we are creating an equitable green economy, saving money and reducing our impact on the environment by participating in the NBEN programs of energy efficiency, solar energy and energy supply.

NBEN is here to provide education and guidance to each New Bedford resident for all your energy questions.
Call Tyler Reis, Energy Manager, 508-991-6193