Newton Power Choice

Welcome to Newton Power Choice, an electricity program from the City of Newton for Newton residents and businesses.

Through Newton Power Choice, residents and business in Newton will automatically buy renewable electricity to match 60% of their electricity use, which is the highest amount of any community electricity program in Massachusetts.

Check your mail: All Newton electricity customers on Eversource’s Basic Service should have received a letter about Newton Power Choice. The envelope contains the City seal and Direct Energy’s return address. The letter inside includes the City seal, the Newton Power Choice logo, and the Mayor’s name at the bottom. See the letter.

Learn more: You’re invited to attend a public information session about Newton Power Choice. Each public information session will include a brief overview of the program and plenty of time for questions:

January 16, 6 PM, Office of Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller, 1000 Commonwealth Ave, Newton
January 23, 2 PM, Newton Senior Center, 345 Walnut St, Newton
January 27, 11 AM, St Ignatius Parish, 28 Commonwealth Ave, Chestnut Hill
January 30, 7 PM, Newton Public Library, 330 Homer St, Newton
January 31, 6 PM, Warren House, 1600 Washington Street, Newton
February 7, 6 PM, Houghton Village, 37 Hamlet Street, Newton

The program is a City-vetted alternative to Eversource’s Basic Service and to other electricity offers in the market place. Newton Power Choice will increase the amount of renewable energy in the City’s electricity supply, while providing price stability, consumer protections, and the potential for savings, though savings cannot be guaranteed.

Newton Power Choice is a form of group electricity purchasing known as an electricity aggregation. More than 140 communities in Massachusetts are already engaged in electricity aggregation. The Newton Power Choice price will be used to calculate the supply charge portion of your Eversource electricity bill. (Learn how aggregation works.)

New electricity choices

Newton Power Choice offers new new electricity choices that give you greater control over the environmental characteristics and price of your electricity supply.

  • Through the Standard Offering, which is the default program offering, you will buy renewable electricity that matches a total of 60% of your electricity use (46% renewable energy in addition to the 14% minimum required by the state).

You may also choose one of the other program options:

  • 100% Green – buy renewable electricity to match 100% of your electricity use
  • Basic – buy no additional renewable electricity beyond the minimum required by the state

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

How to participate

Most Newton electricity customers will be automatically enrolled. Specifically:

  • All Newton electricity customers that have Eversource’s Basic Service (Eversource customers that have not signed a contract with an electricity supplier) will be automatically enrolled in the Standard Offering with their March 2018 meter read unless they choose another option or opt out. The Newton Power Choice price will first appear on April 2019 Eversource electricity bills.

The automatic enrollment model is state law.

If you are eligible for automatic enrollment, you will receive a letter in January from the City with information about the program, how to change your program option, and how to opt out. The letter will include the City seal, the Newton Power Choice logo, and the Mayor’s name at the bottom.

If you have already signed a contract with an electricity supplier, you will not be automatically enrolled, but you are invited to join Newton Power Choice. If you know you will not be automatically enrolled but you wish to join, please contact customer support.

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

Opting out

Participation in Newton Power Choice is not required.

You may opt out of the program before being enrolled and any time after enrollment with no fee or penalty.