Welcome!

Welcome to Newton Power Choice, an electricity program from the City of Newton for Newton residents and businesses. By participating in Newton Power Choice, Newton residents and businesses facilitate the development of renewable energy in New England. The program purchases a higher amount of renewable energy certificates than is required by state law, which helps to increase the demand for electricity generated from sources like solar and wind energy.

By default, Newton Power Choice purchases renewable energy certificates from renewable energy projects in New England that align with 82% of participants’ electricity use. This amount far exceeds the minimum amount required by state law, and it is the highest of any municipal aggregation program in the Commonwealth. The program also offers other options, which are available by request.

Electricity prices are high this winter!

Eversource’s winter 2022 electricity supply price for residential customers is at a 15-year high of 15.735 ¢/kWh.
This new price will be in place until June 30, 2022.

Newton Power Choice can protect you from this price increase while also investing in cleaner electricity (future savings cannot be guaranteed).

Learn more

Cleaner electricity and consumer-friendly choices

As a new participant in Newton Power Choice, you will be automatically enrolled in the Standard offering at 13.452 ¢/kWh, and electricity generated by renewable sources will be purchased to match 82% of your electricity use. You also have two additional choices: the 100% Green option, which purchases renewable electricity to match 100% of your electricity use for 14.357 ¢/kWh, and the Basic option, which purchases only the minimum amount of renewable electricity required by Massachusetts law at 10.646 ¢/kWh.

All program options, including the Standard Offering, will purchase renewable electricity from New England-based renewable energy projects.

See current program prices
Learn more about opting up to 100% Green

227 million fewer miles driven by passenger vehicles

From the program’s launch in March 2019 through December 2021, participants purchased renewable energy certificates representing 332 million kWh of electricity over and above the amount required by the State. This number of renewable energy certificates drives the reduction of approximately 243 million pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main greenhouse gas responsible for climate change. To put this in context, 200 million pounds of CO2 translates roughly to 277 million fewer miles driven by passenger vehicles.

Participate

All new electricity accounts in Newton will be automatically enrolled in Newton Power Choice, unless they choose to opt out. If you are not enrolled and wish to participate, you may enroll online or with a phone call. Learn more about enrolling.

Compare the cost

Use the online calculator to compare Newton Power Choice program prices with the most recent 12-month average of Eversource’s Basic Service prices and to see the greenhouse gas emissions impact of opting up to the 100% Green option. Or Compare Newton Power Choice prices with Eversource’s current 6-month Basic Service price.

How it works

A municipal electricity aggregation is a group electricity purchasing program. Participating in Newton Power Choice will change your electricity supplier and the price Eversource uses to calculate the Supply charge portion of your electricity bill, but participating will not replace Eversource as your electric utility. How aggregation works.

Example Eversource bill

Newton Power Choice is integrated into your existing Eversource electricity bill. You can use your Eversource bill to learn:

  • If you are enrolled in the program
  • Who the Newton Power Choice electricity supplier is
  • Which Newton Power Choice program option you are enrolled in

View an example Eversource bill

 

Savings cannot be guaranteed

Please note that, while Newton Power Choice offers the potential for savings when compared with Eversource’s Basic Service price, there is no guarantee of savings. This is because Eversource’s prices change every 6 months for residential and small business customers and every 3 months for large business customers, and future Eversource prices are unknown.

Protect your Eversource account number

If you receive mail about an electricity offer, but you do not see the Newton Power Choice logo, the City seal, or the Mayor’s name, the mail is NOT from the City program.

Eversource will never knock on your door or call you to talk about your electricity bill.
Only provide your Eversource account number if you are ready to change your electricity supplier.

Learn more about evaluating offers from electricity suppliers:

Download and read A Brief Guide to Residential Competitive Electric Supply in Massachusetts from the office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey:
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