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Welcome!

Welcome to Salem PowerChoice, a City electricity program designed to make 100% renewable energy available to City residents and businesses. Salem PowerChoice gives electricity customers in Salem a City-vetted alternative to National Grid’s Basic Service and to other electricity supply offers in the marketplace, access to cleaner electricity, and long-term, stable pricing (though savings compared with National Grid’s Basic Service cannot be guaranteed).

Cleaner electricity and consumer-friendly choices

You may choose between three options in Salem PowerChoice:

  1. PowerChoice Standard: Provides electricity that is 100% from renewable sources, primarily wind projects outside of New England. Standard is the default program offering, which means new participants will be automatically enrolled in Standard if another option is not chosen.
  2. PowerChoice Plus: Provides electricity that is 100% from “premium” renewable sources in the New England region. By opting up to PowerChoice Plus, you increase the demand for renewable energy produced in New England, which drives the development of new renewable energy projects on the New England power grid.
  3. PowerChoice Basic: Provides only the minimum amount of your electricity required by law from renewable sources, but is the least expensive option in the program.

Learn more about your options in the program.

 

How to participate

All new electricity accounts in Salem will be automatically enrolled in Salem PowerChoice within a few months of being opened, unless they choose to opt out. (You will receive a letter in the mail before being automatically enrolled with program information.) If you are not currently enrolled and wish to enroll, you may enroll online or with a phone call. Learn more.

Compare the cost

Use this online calculator to compare the program price with the most recent 12-month average of National Grid’s Basic Service prices and to see the greenhouse gas emissions avoided by participating in Salem PowerChoice. Or compare program prices with National Grid’s current 6-month Basic Service price.

How it works

A municipal electricity aggregation is a group electricity purchasing program. Participating in Salem PowerChoice will change your electricity supplier and the price National Grid uses to calculate the supply charges on your electricity bill, but participating will not replace National Grid as your electric utility. You will continue to call National Grid if your power goes out, and you will continue to receive your electricity bill from National Grid. If you are eligible for a low-income discount, you will continue to receive that discount with no change. Learn more.

 

Understand your bill

Salem PowerChoice makes only minor changes to the way your electricity bill looks. But when you know what those changes are, you can use your bill to confirm whether you are enrolled and which program option you are enrolled in. Learn how to find the program information on your National Grid bill.

Savings cannot be guaranteed

Please note that, while Salem PowerChoice offers the potential for savings when compared with National Grid’s Basic Service price, there is no guarantee of savings. This is because National Grid’s prices change every 6 months for residential and commercial customers and every 3 months for industrial customers, and their future prices are unknown.

Protect your electricity account number

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