For more than 110 years Braintree Electric Light Department has consistently provided
low-cost, reliable, and safe electric service to the citizens of Braintree. But we
do more than keep your lights on—we're proud to be part of a tradition of giving back
to the community by supporting local groups and projects.
As a Braintree municipal utility, BELD is exempt from paying taxes to the town. But BELD does give money to the town on an annual basis, in the amount it would pay if it were subject to paying property tax ($1 million in 2010).
Each year BELD awards scholarships to graduating Braintree High School seniors who
plan to continue their education. Braintree Electric Light Department, BELD Broadband,
and BELD Utility Workers' Union-Local #379 have all sponsored scholarships.
Braintree July 4th Celebration
BELD donates to this annual celebration every year. In 2001 the utility contributed $10,000, making good on a launch pledge to make a donation for each new BELD Broadband cable installation.
In addition to providing a fiber-optic network, BELD supplies Braintree's municipal
buildings and school buildings with four-digit telephone support and a high-speed
data network. We provide voice mail services for the town's fire department, parks and recreation department, high school, and Thayer Library. BELD also provides technical assistance and computer maintenance to the police department at a contracted rate.
Assist other departments
BELD employees work very closely with staff from other departments in the town and
county. In addition to setting poles at the Norfolk County Jail, linemen regularly
hang banners in South Braintree Square and assist the Tree Warden with maintenance work.
Lights around town
BELD performs traffic signal maintenance for the town of Braintree. In addition to
installing decorative streetlamps in Braintree Square and in South Braintree Square,
BELD crews have installed lights at the BHS athletic field and at the Hollingsworth
Little League field. And BELD provides electric service and lights to the Town Hall,
as well as installing holiday lighting at the building each year.
BELD sponsors a community Web site
where residents can easily post information about group activities. BELD's Bright Ideas newsletter offers another opportunity for free posting of local activities.
BELD's Energy Services programs—including energy audits, tree plantings,
and other conservation projects—are available to customers at no charge.
BELD also conducts energy safety programs in the Braintree schools.
Good Neighbor Energy Fund
The Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund (GNEF) helped more than 1,600 families pay an electric, gas or oil bill in 2011. BELD partners with the Salvation Army and other state energy companies to bring assistance to any Massachusetts resident who, because of temporary financial difficulty, cannot meet a month's energy expense and is not eligible for state or federal energy assistance. Click here for information on donating, or call 800/334-3047 to request assistance from the GNEF.