Worcester Community Choice Electricity Aggregation

Get a quick overview of the program! Download the program brochure. (PDF)
Read the official City announcement about the program launch.

For more information, you are invited to attend a public information session on Thursday, November 21, 10:30 AM at the Worcester Senior Center or on Monday, December 2nd, 5:30 PM at Worcester City Hall, Levi Lincoln Chamber (3rd floor).

 

The City of Worcester has developed a group electricity purchasing program for electricity customers in Worcester, which will allow the city to take a big step forward toward its sustainability goals. The program will provide Worcester residents and businesses at least twice as much green electricity at a similar yearly cost, as well as provide a City-vetted alternative to the many confusing electricity supply offers in the marketplace. For those who want 100% green electricity, there is an option for that too.

Since receiving Department of Public Utilities’ approval of its Aggregation Plan on September 30th, 2019, the City is moving ahead with its plans to launch the aggregation in February 2020. (Learn more about the implementation process.)

Program goals

  1. Reduce Worcester’s carbon footprint: The program will integrate additional renewable energy into the aggregated electricity supply above the state required minimum.
  2. Provide stable prices: The program will provide a fixed price for electricity supply over a period of time that is typically longer than that of National Grid’s Basic Service, where the price changes every six months or less. This will also make the program different from many commercial electricity supply offers in the market place.
  3. Protect consumers: The competitive procurement process will ensure a City-vetted alternative to commercial electricity supply offers that customers may be receiving in the mail or by phone. There will be no hidden costs or other hidden provisions and participants will be able to leave the program at any time.

Program pricing

(February 2020 – December 2022)

Worcester
Standard Green

11.442 ¢/kWh

Automatic enrollment

20% additional local renewable electricity, at least doubling the minimum amount required by Massachusetts law!

Worcester
100% Green

14.031 ¢/kWh

Optional

100% renewable electricity, all from renewable energy projects in New England!

Learn more about program options
and compare to National Grid’s Basic Service prices.

PROGRAM LAUNCH

November 2019: Accounts eligible for automatic enrollment will receive a notification letter from the City in the mail in November.

February 2020: All electricity customers in Worcester that are on National Grid’s Basic Service will be automatically enrolled with their February 2020 electricity meter read in Worcester Standard Green.

Customers may also choose Worcester 100% Green to receive 100% renewable electricity.

March 2020: Participants will first see the program integrated into their March 2020 National Grid electricity bill. The pricing is valid for 34 months – through November 2022.

Automatic enrollment is state law.

Learn more about enrollment.

About electricity aggregation

As of Fall 2020, more than 140 communities in Massachusetts are already engaged in electricity aggregation, and Worcester is the largest to do so in the state.

Individual participation in the program is not required. You may opt out of the program before being enrolled, as well as at any time after enrollment with no fee or penalty.

Learn more about how aggregation works.

Savings cannot be guaranteed

Please note that, while the Worcester Community Choice Electricity Aggregation seeks to provide a price that is equal to or lower than National Grid’s average Basic Service price, there is no guarantee of savings compared with National Grid’s Basic Service price because future National Grid prices are unknown.