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Energy Consumers Alliance of New England Inc

 284 Amory Street
 Boston, MA 02130
[P] (617) 524-3950
[F] (617) 524-0776
www.massenergy.org
[email protected]
Erin Taylor
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INCORPORATED: 1984
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-2791314

LAST UPDATED: 01/15/2017
Organization DBA Massachusetts Energy Consumers Alliance
People's Power & Light
Former Names People's Power & Light (2002)
Massachusetts Energy Consumers Alliance (2001)
Boston Oil Consumer's Alliance (BOCA) (1990)
Boston Fuel Consortium Inc (1982)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

Energy Consumers Alliance of New England, dba Mass Energy in Massachusetts and People's Power & Light in Rhode Island
 
We are a non-profit organization working to make energy more affordable and environmentally sustainable. Our energy efficiency outreach and advocacy efforts save consumers energy and money across MA and RI. Our green electricity options, New England GreenStart and New England Wind, support local green energy projects. Our Discount Heating Oil Program now serves 13,000 members. Last but not least, our emergency fuel program benefits low-income households and the general public. 
The public can make one-time or monthly contributions to our New England Wind Fund, which helps finance small local wind projects like these: www.massenergy.org/wind 
 
 
 

Mission Statement

Energy Consumers Alliance of New England, dba Mass Energy in Massachusetts and People's Power & Light in Rhode Island
 
We are a non-profit organization working to make energy more affordable and environmentally sustainable. Our energy efficiency outreach and advocacy efforts save consumers energy and money across MA and RI. Our green electricity options, New England GreenStart and New England Wind, support local green energy projects. Our Discount Heating Oil Program now serves 13,000 members. Last but not least, our emergency fuel program benefits low-income households and the general public. 
The public can make one-time or monthly contributions to our New England Wind Fund, which helps finance small local wind projects like these: www.massenergy.org/wind 
 
 
 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $2,911,091.00
Projected Expense $2,916,939.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Discount Heating Oil programs
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Green Power

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Overview

Mission Statement

Energy Consumers Alliance of New England, dba Mass Energy in Massachusetts and People's Power & Light in Rhode Island
 
We are a non-profit organization working to make energy more affordable and environmentally sustainable. Our energy efficiency outreach and advocacy efforts save consumers energy and money across MA and RI. Our green electricity options, New England GreenStart and New England Wind, support local green energy projects. Our Discount Heating Oil Program now serves 13,000 members. Last but not least, our emergency fuel program benefits low-income households and the general public. 
The public can make one-time or monthly contributions to our New England Wind Fund, which helps finance small local wind projects like these: www.massenergy.org/wind 
 
 
 

Background Statement

 What started as a group of neighbors sitting around a kitchen table and trying to find a solution to high oil prices has become a major voice for energy consumers! On that day in 1982, our Discount Heating Oil Service was born, and our first name coined: Boston Fuel Consortium. As it grew in size, we realized that high-priced, foreign-based oil could never be a permanent solution to our energy needs—no matter how many discounts we could negotiate.
 
34 years later, Mass Energy still uses buying power to protect consumers from the high prices, dangerous health risks, and environmental destruction that characterize current energy use. In 2002, we teamed up with several local organizations, including the Sierra Club, Mass Audubon, and Clean Water Action to create our green power buying group programs. The commitments of thousands of concerned Massachusetts and Rhode Island residents formed New England Wind and New England GreenStart. You can join New England Wind or New England GreenStart and buy green power from solar, wind, low-impact hydro, and digester gas projects here in New England. Your membership helps to fund new projects!
 
In 2006, Mass Energy merged with partner People's Power & Light in Rhode Island, and together, under the umbrella of Energy Consumers Alliance of New England, we have expanded green power and heating oil buying groups in both states.

ECANE has pursued a dual mission to make energy both more affordable and environmentally sustainable since our founders sat at that kitchen table in 1982. We now serve over 20,000 members with our green power, energy efficiency, and heating oil programs. Join us in making a difference in our energy future!


Impact Statement

Member contributions to our our green power programs make all the difference in our ability to help local generators finance their projects. This year, we will see two more wind projects that have received our commitments of funding come online - a four turbine farm in Plymouth MA and a nine turbine farm in Coventry, RI. Including these projects, we have supported 19 community-scale renewable energy projects in both MA & RI over the years (not including small residential solar systems, of which we have supported hundreds!).
 
Every year, members of our discount heating oil service save 15-30 cents per gallon on their heating oil purchases.  In addition, donations from these members and other funders help us deliver emergency heating oil to families in need.  As always, we will help our heating oil members reduce their energy use. 
In 2015 we were excited to be chosen as the administrator for Mass Clean Energy Center's Solar Connect program. We were able to help 261 households install solar panels. Additionally, we've offered heat pump buying groups and plan to launch an electric vehicle buying group in late 2016. 
 

Needs Statement

We are always in need of marketing training and staffing, as our ability to do more in our programs depends on maintaining a healthy and growing member base. We look for opportunities and financial support to bring on interns or temporary staff to help with a variety of projects. We also look for training opportunities and means to support our staff in attending them.
 
We always need donations toward our New England Wind Fund.
 
We always look for help with web marketing, including website and graphic design, online ads, and social media.

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

Greater Boston Region-All Neighborhoods
Metrowest Region
Northeast Massachusetts Region
Southeast Massachusetts Region
STATEWIDE
Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Organization Categories

  1. Environment - Energy Resources Conservation & Development
  2. Public & Societal Benefit - Consumer Protection
  3. Human Services - Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

No

Programs

Discount Heating Oil programs

Since 1982, our discount heating oil service has been a program for any household, regardless of income, who wants to save money. We use the buying power of thousands of members to negotiate better prices for consumers with dealers participating in our program.

Our members save 15-30 cents per gallon compared to the state survey price. By contract, we limit how much our dealers can charge above the wholesale price they pay for heating oil.

We assign members to one of our local, full service oil dealers. We checked references on all of our dealers and made sure that they do not have a history of complaints with the state Attorney General's office or the Better Business Bureau.

We also advocate on behalf of consumers and provide support for low income families and community organizations through our Emergency Oil Bank.
Budget  $600,000.00
Category  Public, Society Benefit, General/Other Consumer Protection
Population Served Adults General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 
Over the course of the season, members receive fair prices that are 15-30 cents cheaper than the state average price. The more members we have, the better prices we can negotiate. We continue to expand to new dealers and new areas as we gain new members.
 
Our Emergency Oil Bank served 31 families in 2011, thanks to grants and donations leveraged due to our member base.
Program Long-Term Success 
Our program uses buying power to effect change in dealer behavior, and to get customers better prices and better service. We drive customers to dealers who offer fair prices and good service, and cause competition based on fair prices. We also use our connection to our members to assist them with energy efficiency so they can save energy and save money. We have 15,000 members as of 2012 and continue to grow.
Program Success Monitored By 
We communicate with members via newsletter, email, and phone. We renew members yearly and have a customer service system to deal with customer suggestions and ideas, or complaints about dealers. We have a great referral program that brings in many new members, so we know people are happy with our system. We measure success in the number of members we gain, the number of members we renew, the other programs that we are able to help our members with (ie home energy assessment), and the prices we are able to negotiate continuing to fall 15-30 cents below the state average.
Examples of Program Success 
Members saved and average of $--- in 2011!
 
31 families assisted with Emergency Oil Bank delivery in 2011!

Energy Efficiency

ECANE  promotes residential energy efficiency to reduce our member's energy use and support consumers across Massachusetts and Rhode Island in their efforts to access ratepayer funded energy efficiency programs.  We advocate for stronger energy efficiency policy; create partnerships to serve hard to reach/hard to serve populations, including moderate income households, and landlords/tenants; and we assist cities and towns as they implement energy efficiency programs. We also specialize in delivering energy efficiency to heating oil customers, a market segment with fewer opportunities than customers of natural gas utilities. 

Current and past programming includes special offers for our members, a statewide effort in Massachusetts to reach consumers through community-based outreach, the implementation of the City of Boston's "Renew Boston" residential program, and consulting and outreach efforts with the City of Quincy, MA, City of Providence, RI, City of Cranston, RI, and East Providence, RI. 

Budget  300,000
Category  Environment, General/Other Climatic Change
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 
700 homes were assessed as a result of our outreach in MA alone (outside Boston) and we will continue to promote the no-cost, utility-funded rebates, among others.
Program Long-Term Success 
Mass Energy hopes to work with the Commonwealth, Green Justice Coalition, utilities, and other partners toward a goal of 100% of newly weatherized households in Massachusetts. We will continue to educate members and residents on how to become more energy efficiency.
Program Success Monitored By 
We have utilized SalesForce and partnered with organizations such as Next Step Living to track data on weatherized households. This has allowed us to help refine state programs, as well as our own.
Examples of Program Success 
700 assessments as a result of our outreach in MA, outside Boston.

Green Power

Our green power programs are member-driven programs that make sure that electricity from renewable energy sources in New England gets onto the grid, pushing off dirty fossil fuels. We buy new Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) with our members' contributions, expanding the demand and the market for renewable energy sources. All sources are local, so MA and RI residents reap the benefits (health, jobs, education).

We have two green power options for customers of National Grid or Eversource:

New England Wind: 3.8 cents per kWh in addition to basic service charges for 100% wind power from community-scale wind projects

New England GreenStart: 2.4 cents per kWh in addition to basic service charges for 100% wind, solar, digester gas (cow power), and low-impact hydro.

You can also make a one-time or monthly set contribution to support local wind power through our New England Wind Fund program.
Budget  $1,800,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Energy Resources
Population Served Adults
Program Short-Term Success 
In the past 18 months alone, we have signed 7 new contracts with community scale renewable energy projects (mostly wind turbines). This means that 7 projects were able to get off the ground due to the REC purchases we have promised. We hope to expand our portfolio by 2-3 more projects this year. To do so, we'll be working to increase awareness of the green power option and its benefits, and to gain more members in our green power programs.
Program Long-Term Success 
This program ultimately hopes to put itself out of business! When enough wind turbines come online to replace dirty fossil-fueled energy, this program will have to change. For now, this program invests in local wind turbines through consumer demand. The more members we have, the more wind turbines we can enter into long-term REC contracts with (providing a source of funding that helps secure a development loan).
Program Success Monitored By 
We track new members on a daily basis, and analyze different marketing techniques related to this tracking. We can also measure success by the contracts we are able to sign, because that is a commitment of future dollars. When we sign contracts, we know we have the member base to meet that commitment. The more we expand our membership, the more contracts we can sign.
Examples of Program Success 
7 new contracts signed with renewable energy projects in New England in the past 18 months. These projects include:
Wind turbine at St. Mary's Abbey, Wrentham MA
Wind turbine at Berkshire East Resort, Charlemont MA
Wind turbine at wastewater treatment plant in Lynn, MA
Wind turbine at Sandywoods Farm, Tiverton RI
Wind turbine in Scituate, MA
Wind turbine in Ipswich, MA
Anaerobic digester (cow power) at Jordan Dairy Farms in Rutland, MA

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Larry Chretien
CEO Term Start Oct 1999
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO Gibbons
Co-CEO Term Start Sept 2014
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Mr. Phil Lindsay Oil Program Director --
Ms. Amy Vavak Associate Director --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 14
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 2
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 8
Hispanic/Latino: 5
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 14
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Sandi Bagley
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Activist
Board Chair Term June 2013 -
Board Co-Chair Mr. David Jacobson
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term 2015 -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Sandi Bagley Community Advocate Voting
Mr. Bruce Biewald Synapse Energy Economics Voting
Ms. Deborah Donovan Sustainable Energy Advantage Voting
Mr. David Jacobson Boreal Renewable Energy Research Voting
Mr. John Memoli Simple Pleasures Voting
Ms. Debra Perry Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Tom Reid Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Dan Ruben Boston Green Tourism Voting
Mr. Richard Rudolph Professor Emeritus, UMASS Boston --
Mr. Bob Shatten Boreal Renewable Energy Voting
Mr. Erich Stephens Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Kurt Teichert Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Liz Tiley Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Melissa Travis Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Yuki Yamamoto Community Volunteer Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 3
Male: 8
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 15%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $2,911,091.00
Projected Expense $2,916,939.00
Form 990s

2015 990

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

2008 990

Audit Documents

2015 Consolidated Audit

2014 Consolidated Audit

2013 Consolidated Audit

2012 Consolidated Audit

2011 ECANE, Audit

2010 ECANE, Audit

2009 ECANE, Audit

2008 ECANE, Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $2,704,520 $2,888,705 $3,215,193
Total Expenses $2,639,338 $2,691,239 $3,021,413

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $235,478 $265,876 $374,549
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $2,261,247 $2,428,249 $2,624,924
Investment Income, Net of Losses $15,259 $17,565 $14,641
Membership Dues $184,645 $175,130 $184,750
Special Events $2,262 $1,885 $10,350
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $5,629 -- $5,979

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $2,142,554 $2,138,764 $2,474,224
Administration Expense $478,008 $533,410 $531,119
Fundraising Expense $18,776 $19,065 $16,070
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.02 1.07 1.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses 81% 79% 82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 8% 7% 4%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $2,605,674 $2,697,925 $2,734,101
Current Assets $2,105,547 $2,142,371 $2,102,713
Long-Term Liabilities $99,568 $130,205 $160,841
Current Liabilities $1,352,352 $1,436,569 $1,571,776
Total Net Assets $1,153,754 $1,131,151 $1,001,484

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 1.56 1.49 1.34

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 4% 5% 6%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Beginning in FY12, ECANE's audited financial statements are consolidated with Amory Street Energy Ventures, Inc., a wholly-owned, for-profit subsidiary of ECANE.  Separate financial statements for the two entities are included in the audit as supplementary information.  ECANE's 990 is filed separately from ASEV's tax returns. 

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's audited financials, and reflects ECANE only, per the supplementary pages of the audit.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals as the breakout was not available.
 
Please note, per the FY12 audit: "In December 2011, Amory Street Energy Ventures, Inc. (ASEV), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Energy Consumers Alliance of New England, Inc. (ECANE), was organized in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as a for-profit corporation." Per the organization, see note above, ECANE's audited financial statements are consolidated with Amory Street Energy Ventures, Inc.

Documents


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