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The City of Chelsea is developing a plan for an electricity aggregation program called Chelsea Electricity Choice. Chelsea Electricity Choice is a form of group electricity purchasing known as municipal electricity aggregation. The program is a City alternative to the electricity offers that you receive in the mail, over the phone, or at your door, but without high pressure or fees.

To launch the program, the City must first develop an Aggregation Plan, which is a document that describes how the program will work and meet regulatory requirements. Chelsea Electricity Choice will launch once the City’s Aggregation Plan is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities. The planning and regulatory approval process is expected to require several months.

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Chelsea’s draft Aggregation Plan will be available for public review and comment from December 1 until December 22, 2020.
An overview of the plan will be presented at a virtual public information session on December 1 at 6:00 PM on the City Facebook page and on Channel 22.

Read the complete announcement from the City   (en español)
Download the plan (PDF)

Submit written comments via email to Fidel Maltez, Commissioner, Department of Public Works, at fmaltez@chelseama.gov, or via U.S. mail to Fidel Maltez, Commissioner, Department of Public Works, Room 310, Chelsea City Hall, 500 Broadway, Chelsea, MA 02150

One of the most cost-effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint

With Chelsea Electricity Choice, the City will use the group buying power of the community to provide you with new electricity choices that will give you greater control over the environmental characteristics and price of your electricity supply.

Cleaner electricity

As a Chelsea Electricity Choice participant, you will automatically receive more renewable electricity than is required by state law. (The amount is still to be determined.) You can also choose a 100% renewable electricity option or a budget option with no additional renewable electricity.

Price stability

The program will provide a long-term price for the supply part of your electricity bill. This will make the program different from Eversource’s Basic Service price, which changes every six months or less, and different from many offers you may receive from private companies.

Consumer protections

Chelsea Electricity Choice will provide a trustworthy, City alternative to other electricity supply offers. The program will include consumer protections, such as no hidden fees and the ability to opt out of the program at any time with no penalty.

Chelsea Electricity Choice will launch once Chelsea’s aggregation plan receives regulatory approval. Learn about the implementation process.

How it works

Chelsea Electricity Choice will not replace Eversource as your electricity utility. Eversource will continue to deliver your electricity and send your electricity bill, and you will continue to call Eversource if your power goes out.

However, Eversource will no longer buy, or supply, your electricity. Instead, the City of Chelsea will use the group buying power of the community to purchase cleaner electricity from a competitive electricity supplier. When Eversource calculates the supply charge portion of your electricity bill (about half of your bill), they will use the Chelsea Electricity Choice price instead of their own Basic Service price.

Most electricity accounts will be automatically enrolled. The automatic enrollment model is state law. But participation is not required. You can prevent enrollment from happening, and if you are enrolled, you can leave the program at any time with no fee.

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Savings cannot be guaranteed

Please note that, while Chelsea Electricity Choice will offer the potential for savings when compared with Eversource’s Basic Service price, there is no guarantee of savings. This is because Eversource’s fixed Basic Service prices change every 6 months for residential and small business customers and every 3 months for large business customers and future Eversource prices are not known.

Protect your Eversource account number

  • Eversource will NEVER knock on your door or call you to talk about your electricity bill.
  • If Eversource wishes to discuss your bill, they will do so in writing.
  • All communication about Chelsea Electricity Choice will bear the City seal and the name “Chelsea Electricity Choice.”
  • Only provide your Eversource account number if you are ready to change your electricity supplier.