Newton Power Choice
The City of Newton is developing a plan for a new electricity program to be named Newton Power Choice.
The program provides an opportunity for Newton to take a bold step and significantly increase the amount of renewable energy in the community’s electricity supply.
The program is a form of group purchasing known as an electricity aggregation. More than 100 communities in Massachusetts are already engaged in electricity aggregation. The program will impact the supply charges on your Eversource electricity bill. (Learn how aggregation works.)
The program will allow the City to use the bulk buying power of the community to provide:
Greener electricity: The program will integrate more renewable energy than Eversource provides. (Massachusetts state law requires that a minimum amount of renewable energy be included in all electricity sold in the state.)
Price stability: The program will offer a fixed price over a long period of time. This will make the program different from both Eversource’s Basic Service, where the price changes every six months or less, and from many commercial offers in the market place.
Consumer protections: The competitive procurement process will ensure a City-vetted alternative to commercial electricity supply offers that you may receive by mail or by phone. There will be no hidden costs, you will be able to get out of the program at any time, and program terms will be public.
New electricity choices
As a program participant, you will have new electricity choices! Newton Power Choice will give you greater control over the environmental characteristics and price of your electricity supply. You can choose to:
- Receive a standard amount of renewable electricity automatically, above the minimum amount required by state law, without choosing any of the options. Or, choose one of the following options.
- Opt up to 100% renewable electricity.
- Opt down to receive no additional renewable energy electricity above the state law requirement, but retain the program benefits of price stability and consumer protections.
- Opt for renewable electricity in an amount still to be determined.
All choices, including the standard offering, will provide renewable electricity from New England-based renewable energy projects.
Participating and opting out
All Eversource Basic Service customers (electricity customers who have not signed their own contract with an electricity supplier) will be automatically enrolled. The automatic enrollment model is the state law. If you have already signed a contract with an electricity supplier, you will not be automatically enrolled, but it will be easy for you to opt in to the program if you wish to join.
Participation is not required. You may opt out of the program before being enrolled and any time after enrollment with no fee or penalty.