Welcome to Newton Power Choice, an electricity program from the City of Newton for Newton residents and businesses. With Newton Power Choice, Newton residents and businesses facilitate the development of renewable energy from solar and wind. Newton electricity customers buy renewable energy certificates in an amount determined by the level of the program in which they participate (i.e., standard/default, 100%, or basic) and the amount of electricity they use. The standard/default level is now set at 80% renewable, which is the highest of any “municipal aggregation” program in the Commonwealth.
From the program’s launch in March 2019 through July 2021, participants purchased renewable energy certificates representing 273 million kWh of electricity over and above the amount required by the State. This number of renewable energy certificates drives the reduction of approximately 200 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 227 million fewer miles driven by passenger vehicles.