By Rob Fucci on June 25, 2020



The need for cars and trucks to be on the road was diminished through the spring months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Non-essential offices closed. Many citizens who were able to keep their jobs worked from home.

Because of the lowered demand for autos to be on the road, greenhouse gas emissions decreased, but it was less than expected, according to Winchester Energy and Recycling Outreach Coordinator Fritzie Nace.

“Most of the particulate emissions come from industry and energy production … oil, coal, gas,” she said. “This information highlights the need for increasing energy production through renewable sources.”

To boost the town’s use of renewable energy, Nace is promoting Winchester’s community electricity program, WinPower, which has a standard product that all residents are automatically enrolled in. It includes 10% more renewable energy than the Eversource Basic account.

Winchester began negotiating in 2017 new electric contracts for its residents to boost renewable energy use in Massachusetts, bypassing the basic service offered by utilities such as National Grid and Eversource. The practice is called municipal aggregation.


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