Most Newton residents already participate in the City of Newton’s default electricity supplier program, Newton Power Choice. The cost of Newton Power Choice at the standard rate (82% renewable sources) is much less expensive for the next six months than remaining on Eversource Basic Service. Even if you opt up to 100% renewable power, you save approximately $62 per month, or $370 over the next six-month period, as compared to Eversource Basic Service. If you switched out of Newton Power Choice in the past, it may be a good time to opt back in.
Eversource just filed its proposed electricity prices with the State Department of Public Utilities (DPU). Assuming the DPU approves the prices, the price for Eversource Basic Service electricity for residential customers for January 1 through June 30 will be 25.6 cents per kWh. This compares to last winter’s Eversource Basic Service rate of 15.8 cents per kWh.
For comparison, here are the Newton Power Choice residential rates (through January 2024) compared to Eversource’s proposed 25.6 cents/kWh rate:
This is how the savings break down for the median Newton residential customer, who uses 550 kWh per month. The savings are even greater for customers who use more electricity.
What Is Newton Power Choice?
Newton Power Choice is the City’s electricity supply program for our residents and businesses. The program is a form of group electricity purchasing known as electricity aggregation. Our program provides an opportunity for Newtonians to significantly increase both their own and our community’s investment in clean energy.
With Newton Power Choice, Eversource delivers the electricity; customers continue to contact Eversource for power issues; and Eversource will continue to bill them. The difference with Newton Power Choice is that the City of Newton selects the supplier of the electricity for customers rather than leaving it up to the utility.
The City of Newton has been the leader in the State in choosing the highest percentage of renewables of any city or town’s electricity aggregation program since signing the first Newton Power Choice contract in November 2018. Our current Newton Power Choice contract includes 82% local renewable sources such as wind and solar as the Standard/Default for our electricity supply.
Remember that by State law Eversource’s prices change every six months, and that future savings from Newton Power Choice cannot be guaranteed. But you can switch from Newton Power Choice back to Basic Service at any time, without any fee.