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The Town of Weston is developing a plan for an electricity aggregation program called Weston Power Choice. The program provides an opportunity for Weston to increase the amount of renewable energy in the community’s electricity supply.

 

Public comments accepted

The draft Weston Power Choice aggregation plan is available for public review and comment. The plan is a high-level guideline document that lays out the general structure of Weston Power Choice and how it will meet regulatory requirements. The plan must be reviewed and approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities before Weston Power Choice can launch.

As part of this public review, Weston would like your input. The Town’s goal is to provide an increased amount of renewable energy in the community’s electricity supply for approximately the same price as you would pay for your current electricity mix from Eversource. We would like your feedback on how much additional renewable electricity you would like to see in your electricity supply, above the minimum amount required by Massachusetts law (18% in 2021). Please note that the program will include an option that provides only the minimum amount of renewable energy required.

Download an electronic copy of the plan (PDF). Paper copies are available upon request from the Town Clerk’s office by calling 781-786-5015.

Written comments will be received during the public comment period from June 11th through July 3rd, 2020:

One of the most cost-effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint

With Weston Power Choice, the Town will use the bulk buying power of the community to provide you with new electricity choices that will give you greater control over the environmental characteristics and price of your electricity supply.

Cleaner electricity

Weston Power Choice participants will automatically receive more renewable electricity than is required by state law. (The amount is still to be determined, depending in part on electricity prices at the time the Town enters into a contract with an electricity supplier). Participants can also choose to opt up to 100% renewable electricity or opt down to receive no additional renewable electricity but retain the program benefits of price stability and consumer protections.

Price stability

The program will provide a fixed price for electricity supply over a long period of time. This will make the program different from Eversource’s Basic Service price, which changes every six months or less, and from many commercial offers in the market place.

Consumer protections

Weston Power Choice will provide a trustworthy, Town-vetted alternative to other commercial electricity supply offers. The program will include consumer protections, such as no hidden fees and the ability to opt out of the program at any time with no penalty.

Weston Power Choice will launch once Weston’s aggregation plan receives regulatory approval. Learn about the implementation process.

How it works

Municipal electricity aggregation is a process by which a town can purchase electricity in bulk from a competitive supplier, on behalf of the residents and businesses within the community. Since 1997, over 140 communities in Massachusetts have engaged in electricity aggregation. Participating in Weston Power Choice will change your electricity supplier and the price Eversource uses to calculate the supply part of your electricity bill, but participating will not replace Eversource as your electric utility.

All residents and businesses that are currently on Eversource’s Basic Service will be automatically enrolled, which is state law. However, participation is not required. You may opt out before being enrolled, and any time after enrollment in the program, with no fee or penalty.

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Savings cannot be guaranteed

Please note that, while Weston Power Choice will offer the potential for savings when compared with Eversource’s Basic Service price, there is no guarantee of savings. This is because Eversource’s fixed Basic Service prices change every 6 months for residential and small business customers and every 3 months for large business customers and future Eversource prices are not known.

Protect your Eversource account number

Eversource will NEVER knock on your door or call you to talk about your electricity bill. If Eversource wishes to discuss your bill, they will do so in writing. Also, all communication about Weston Power Choice will be in writing and will bear the Town seal. Only provide your Eversource account number if you are ready to change your electricity supplier.