Grafton Energy Choice
Welcome to Grafton Energy Choice, the Town’s municipal electricity aggregation program.
Grafton is excited to announce the approval of the energy aggregation program adder. Beginning in October, the adder will show on meter reads, and show up on November bills for participating residents. The price will increase from 10.81 cents/kWh to 10.91 cents/kWh. The increase will be deposited into an account to be spent at the direction of the Select Board to support sustainability efforts in Grafton.
Electricity aggregation is a form of group purchasing in which a city or town selects an electricity supplier on behalf of its residents and businesses. The program impacts the electricity supply charges on your National Grid bill. Grafton developed the program as a way to provide price stability and the potential for cost savings to the community, though savings cannot be guaranteed.
All National Grid Basic Service customers in Grafton will be automatically enrolled in Grafton Energy Choice unless they choose not to participate, which is known as opting out.
- If you participate: National Grid will deliver your electricity, fix power outages, and bill you, but they will not be your electricity supplier. Instead, Grafton will choose your electricity supplier. Your National Grid electricity bill will use the program price to calculate the Supplier Services portion of your bill instead of National Grid’s Basic Service price. Delivery charges will be unaffected by this program.
- If you do not participate: National Grid will be your electricity supplier. This is known as National Grid Basic Service.
Grafton Energy Choice offers participants two options:
- Energy Choice Standard: This is the default option. All program participants are automatically enrolled in Energy Choice Standard. Like National Grid Basic Service, Energy Choice Standard meets the minimum Massachusetts requirements for integrating renewable energy.
- Energy Choice Green: This option allows you to make your electricity 100% green with a focus on locally produced renewable energy. Energy Choice Green includes 20% from new renewable energy projects in New England, in addition to the minimum amount required by Massachusetts law.
The program has the potential to provide savings when compared with National Grid’s Basic Service price, but savings cannot be guaranteed. National Grid residential and commercial prices change every 6 months, and industrial prices change every 3 months, while the program price is fixed. Additionally, future National Grid Basic Service prices are not known. As a result, the program price will likely not always be below the National Grid Basic Service Price.
The program offers two alternatives to National Grid’s Basic Service: Energy Choice Standard and, for those who wish to make a more significant commitment to renewable energy, Energy Choice Green, which is 100% green. Learn more about the pricing and energy mix for each option.
Grafton’s long-term contract price protects you from seasonal price changes in National Grid’s Basic Service prices. All program terms are public, and there are no hidden costs.
Your relationship with National Grid
Your primary relationship for electricity will be with National Grid. Participating in Grafton Energy Choice impacts only your electricity supplier and the rate you are charged for the electricity supply portion of your National Grid bill. Beginning with your first bill after program enrollment, you will see the program’s current electricity supplier listed as your electricity supplier, and you will see the program rate for your electricity supply rate. Otherwise:
- Your bill will come from National Grid.
- You will send bill payments to National Grid.
- You will call National Grid if your power goes out.
If you are on a budget plan or are eligible for a low-income delivery rate or fuel assistance, you will receive those benefits as a participant in Grafton Energy Choice.
How to join the program
All eligible residents and businesses will be automatically enrolled in the program. Eligible customers included residential and commercial National Grid Basic Service customers within the geographic boundaries of Grafton.
New in town? New Grafton residents who become National Grid Basic Service customers are eligible to participate in the program. You should receive a letter in the mail explaining the program and your right to opt out. If you do not opt out, you will be automatically enrolled. As an alternative to waiting for this process, contact customer support about enrolling directly.
Adding an electricity account? You will receive a letter in the mail explaining the program and your right to opt out for that account. If you do not opt out, your new electricity account will be automatically enrolled in the program. As an alternative to waiting for this process, contact customer support about enrolling directly.
Have a contract with a different electricity supplier? You will not automatically be enrolled, but you may participate in the program if you wish. We recommend that you carefully check the terms and conditions of your supplier agreement. Your ability to terminate your agreement with your supplier may be restricted. If you decide to join the program, contact the program’s current electricity supplier and ask to join. The phone number is available on the customer support page.