Location: Springfield, MA
Springfield is located on the banks of the Connecticut River in Hampden County, MA. As of the 2010 census, the town had a population of 153,060 residents with a metro area of over 600,000 residents. Springfield’s energy market became deregulated in the 1999 when the state passed energy deregulation laws. These laws called for Massachusetts utilities to restructure and allow for retail energy providers (REPs) to start offering their electricity supply rates to Springfield residents. The goal was to create a competitive energy market in Massachusetts to drive down rates for consumers. However, today Massachusetts still has some of the highest energy rates in the country. For more information on the Springfield energy market, see the graphs below.
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Solar Score for Springfield, MA
Compare Electricity has developed a solar score for Springfield, MA residents and businesses of 20. This score is based on on a combination of factors including how much sun the area receives, roof space and obstacles that may obstruct the sun, electricity generation needed to be cost-effective, and more. Here is a description of each section of the solar score graph:
- Red = “Not Viable” meaning a solar installation would not be cost-effective.
- Yellow = “Viable” meaning a solar installation would pay for itself over time.
- Green = “Very Viable” meaning a solar installation would pay for itself quickly and has large savings potential.
Sources for Springfield, MA
Springfield, MA produces energy from a variety of sources. Here are the state’s current energy sources and energy production trends.
- Nearly all non-renewable energy generation comes from natural gas
- Coal is imported in from other states as a small source of energy in MA
- Solar energy has grown rapidly in the last 10 years in Springfield, MA
- A small percentage of Springfield residents use nuclear power as their main source of electricity
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