How aggregation works
Municipal electricity aggregation is a form of group electricity purchasing. In an electricity aggregation, your City or Town government uses the bulk purchasing power of the community to negotiate a contract with an electricity supplier on behalf of residents and businesses. As part of that, your local government determines the price and the renewable energy content of your electricity.
Electricity aggregation replaces your electricity supplier, and it impacts the Supply portion of your Eversource electric bill. But electricity aggregation does not replace Eversource as your electric utility.
Typically, Eversource provides two services to you as an electricity customer:
- Electricity delivery: Eversource’s primary role is as an electricity delivery company. They deliver electricity to you, maintain the poles and wires, and address power outages. They charge you for these services on the Delivery part of your Eversource electricity bill.
- Electricity supplier: For most people, Eversource also provides a second service, which is as an electricity supplier. They purchase electricity on your behalf and charge you on the Supply part of your Eversource electricity bill for the amount you use. When Eversource is your electricity supplier, you have what is known as Eversource’s Basic Service.
With the Watertown Electricity Choice program, Eversouce will remain your electric utility. They will continue to deliver electricity to you, maintain the poles and wires, and address power outages. But they will no longer be your electricity supplier. Instead, the Town of Watertown will select a supplier, and the price that the Town negotiates will be used to calculate the Supply portion of your Eversource electricity bill. Additionally, your electricity will include more renewable energy than Eversource currently supplies.
What changes with the program
If you participate, you will see two changes on your Eversource electric bill beginning the month after you enroll:
- The Town’s electricity supplier will be listed on your bill as your electricity supplier
- The program price will be used to calculate the Supply portion of your Eversource electricity bill.
Otherwise, your primary relationship for electricity will remain with Eversource. This means:
- You will continue to receive one bill from Eversource. This is the only electricity bill you will receive as a participant in the program.
- You will continue to call Eversource if your power goes out. Eversource will continue to deliver electricity, restore service after an outage, and maintain the poles and wires.
- If you receive net metering credits from solar panels on your Eversource bill, those will continue to be calculated on the Eversource Basic Service rate, not on the program rate.
- If you are eligible for a low-income discount, you will continue to receive that discount.
Participating in the program
All Eversource Basic Service customers will be automatically enrolled into the Watertown Electricity Choice program, unless they choose to opt out.
If you have your own contract with a third-party electricity supplier at the time the program launches, you will not be automatically enrolled into the program. However, you will be able to join the program if you wish.
All households and businesses that will be automatically enrolled will receive an informational letter in the mail approximately one month before the enrollment occurs. If you do not wish to participate, you may opt out before being automatically enrolled or any time after enrollment, with no penalty. If you choose to opt out, Eversource will continue to be your electricity supplier, and the Supply portion of your electricity bill will remain on Eversource’s Basic Service rate.